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IFT FIRST Annual Event and Expo will be held at the McCormick Place North America's premier convention facility.

Travel & Transportation Information

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  • Air Travel

    The following airports service the Chicago, Illinois area.

    Airport Distance to City

     Airport Distance to City
     Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD)  17 miles / 28 km 
     Chicago Midway Airport (MDW)  12 miles / 19 km

    Airlines discount

    Airfare discounts have been arranged with United Airlines and Delta Airlines for fares to Chicago on qualifying flights (discounts vary between 1% and 5% again depending on the flight).

    United Airlines

    • Service to Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) only
    • Online Booking only:
    • Enter the Offer Code: ZN9A455151
    • Enter the flight information

    Delta Airlines

    • Service to Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) and Chicago Midway Airport (MDW)
    • Online: (no ticketing fee)
    • Click on “Advanced Search” and enter the Meeting Event Code in the appropriate box.
    • Meeting Event Code: NM2J5
    • Delta Meeting Reservations Phone: 800.328.1111

    Booking service fees apply when booking by phone.

  • Transportation from the Airport
    Airport Shuttle

    airportexpress.comGO Airport Express provides shuttle bus service between O’Hare and Midway airports and the downtown hotels and McCormick Place.

    Car Rentals

    Avis Rental Car Company offers different rental offers throughout the year. To find out more about the offers, visit the Avis website.


    HertzHertz Rental Car Company has offered IFT a discounted rate of 20% off of rental retail rates during IFT FIRST Annual Event and Expo. Under the “Add a Discount Code” option, use code “CDP 2188961” when making your reservations. Visit the Hertz website to reserve with Hertz.

    CTA/Public Transit

    Blue Line - Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) is served by the CTA Blue train route which stops at Terminal 2. Blue Line trains serve O’Hare 24 hours per day, seven days a week. Trains operate every few minutes during the day and every 15-30 minutes overnight. The average travel time on the Blue Line to/from O’Hare to downtown is 45 minutes.

    Blue Line Route Guide


    Orange Line - Chicago Midway Airport (MDW) is served by the CTA Orange Line train route which stops just steps from the airport terminal. Follow signs from the airport to the train station. Orange Line trains serve Midway from early morning to late evening hours, every day. Trains operate every 7 to 15 minutes. The average travel time on the Orange Line to/from Midway to downtown is 25 minutes.

    Orange Line Route Guide


    Taxis are available at the lower level curb front of Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD) and Chicago Midway Airport (MDW). There are no flat rates as all taxis run on meters. The fare is approximately $50 from O'Hare and $40 from Midway to the downtown area.

    Private Car Service

    IFT has partnered with Windy City Limo to make booking an airport transfer simple. Click here to book your transfer today through IFT’s web reservation portal.

    Additional booking options are available as follows:

    • Book by phone: Call either (847)-916-9300 or (866)-949-4639, press option 1 for reservations. Reference Profile ID#61750 for preferred rates.
    • Book by email:  Email [email protected] (Monitored 24/7). Reference Profile ID#61750 for preferred rates.
    Ride Share Programs

    Uber and Lyft both have a presence in Chicago. Be sure to follow instructions in the app for pickup location as the location in the airports is different from taxi and pre-arranged car locations.

  • Getting to/from McCormick Place
    Shuttle Bus Service

    Shuttle bus service will be provided from stops near official IFT Hotels.

    Shuttle Service to McCormick Place


    Taxi service is readily available throughout the city and can cost between $5 and $30 per ride. Taxis pick up and drop off at McCormick Place South at Gate 4.

    Ride Share Programs 

    Uber and Lyft both have a presence in Chicago.

    Divvy Bike

    Looking for a way to get to McCormick Place while seeing the sights and avoiding traffic? Divvy bike is a great option. Visit their website for locations of Divvy Bike stations.

    Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) Public Transit

    The CTA’s convenient and easy-to-use bus and train lines – including the famous “L” – carry you around town and to major attractions. The new CTA Green Line “Cermak-McCormick Place” station is located just 2.5 blocks from McCormick Place. The CTA website at offers a valuable overview of transit services, a guide to the system, instructions for first-time riders, and much more.

    Metra Electric Train

    The Metra Electric District (ME) route runs from three downtown stations directly to McCormick Place in just 7 minutes. Stations are located within walking distance to many hotels and are located at:

    Millennium Station Michigan Avenue & Randolph Street
    Van Buren Station Michigan Avenue & Van Buren Street
    Museum Campus Station Michigan Avenue & 11th Street


  • McCormick Place Parking

    Lot A is the primary parking location for events in the South Building. Covered walkways from Lot A lead directly into McCormick Place and the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place. Current pricing is $25 for up to 16 hours and $38 from 16-24 hours. There are no in-and-out privileges. Pricing is subject to change.

    For more information and to view printable maps and directions click below

    McCormick Place Parking

  • Shuttle Bus Information
    Shuttle Service to McCormick Place

    Complimentary shuttle service is provided between McCormick Place South Building and the official IFT FIRST hotels listed below. Please refer to the sign in your hotel lobby for changes and additional information.

    Shuttle Service to McCormick Place

    Shuttle Schedule

    McCormick Place, South Building is the transfer point for all routes.

    Date Time Frequency
    Sunday, July 16 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.*
    Every 25-30 minutes
    Every 20-25 minutes
    Monday, July 17 6:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
    11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
    2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. *
    Every 20 minutes
    Every 25-30 minutes
    Every 20 minutes
    Tuesday, July 18 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
    11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
    2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. *
    Every 20 minutes
    Every 25-30 minutes
    Every 20 minutes
    Wednesday, July 19 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
    11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. *
    Every 20 minutes
    Every 25-30 minutes

    * Indicates last time shuttle departs McCormick Place returning to hotels.
    Last shuttle departs hotels coming to the McCormick Place approximately 60 minutes prior to this time.

    Please note, shuttle frequency of service could be impacted by traffic and weather conditions.

    Hotels and Boarding Locations
    Route 1 Boarding Location
    Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park At Hyatt Regency Chicago
    Hyatt Regency Chicago (HQ) Curbside on Wacker Dr.
    Renaissance Chicago Downtown Curbside on Wacker Dr
    Swissotel Chicago At Hyatt Regency Chicago
    Westin Chicago River North At Renaissance Chicago

    Route 2 Boarding Location
    Blackstone At Hilton Chicago
    Hilton Chicago Curbside on 8th Street

    Route 3 Boarding Location
    Chicago Marriott Downtown Mag Mile SW corner of Ohio & Rush
    Courtyard Downtown/River North SW corner of Ohio & Rush
    DoubleTree Hotel Chicago Mag Mile Curbside on Fairbanks
    Hyatt Centric Chicago Mag Mile At DoubleTree Mag Mile
    InterContinental Chicago Mag Mile SW corner of Ohio & Rush
    Loews At Sheraton Grand Chicago
    Sheraton Grand Chicago Curbside on Columbus Dr.

    Route 4 Boarding Location
    JW Marriott Chicago Curbside on LaSalle, hotel side
    Palmer House Hilton Curbside on Wabash Ave
    Residence Inn DT/Chicago Loop At JW Marriott

    Hotels within walking distance to McCormick Place

    Hampton Inn McCormick Place
    Hilton Garden Inn McCormick Place
    Hyatt Regency McCormick Place
    Marriott Marquis Chicago

    If you have questions, comments or need to make an advance reservation for a wheelchair-accessible shuttle, please see the supervisor at McCormick Place or call/text KUSHNER & ASSOCIATES at (213) 294-5378 during shuttle hours.

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