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The University of Chicago is located in Hyde Park, just eight miles south of downtown along the city’s Lake Michigan shoreline. Campus is easily accessible via public transit, car, or bike from across the Chicagoland area. 

Public Transit

  • Choose Chicago: General information about getting around in Chicago.
  • Chicago Transit Authority (CTA): Chicago’s bus and "El" train system has multiple bus lines to campus as well as throughout Hyde Park. The green and red "El" trains stop west of campus and connect with the #55 bus line detailed here.
  • Metra: Chicagoland's commuter rail system with multiple stops in Hyde Park near campus.
  • UGo Shuttles: The University of Chicago provides five shuttle routes weekdays from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. and four nighttime routes starting at 5 p.m., seven days a week. The University also has an agreement with the CTA to provide service on four CTA routes serving campus. University students, faculty, and staff, and University of Chicago Medicine staff ride CTA routes 171 and 172 for free upon displaying a valid UChicago ID.

Parking on Campus

The University provides a variety of transportation and parking options designed to serve and support members of the campus community and our surrounding neighbors traveling on and around campus safely and efficiently. Details on parking lots and permits are available on the University's Safety and Security website.

Biking in Chicago

Divvy is Chicago's bike share system with more than 600 stations and 6,000+ bikes across Chicagoland. Bicycles are available year-round and include electric bikes. Docking stations are located across campus and a discount is available to University employees and students. The City of Chicago and the Active Transportation Alliance also have lists of resources for bicycle commuting.

If you have questions or concerns about traffic or commuting from a specific neighborhood or suburb in Chicago, please contact our office and we can connect you with a UChicago family living in that area.

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