Getting to the University of Chicago is just a quick car, bike, train, or bus ride away. For more detailed transportation information visit visit.uchicago.edu. Track University and CTA buses with uchicago.transloc.com.
The Metra Electric District Line communter rail runs from the downtown Millenium Station hub at Randolph and Michigan to University Park, IL. Exit at the 55th-56th-57th or 59th/University stops for UChicago. Fares are approximately $3. See metrarail.com for fares, timetables, and other details.
The CTA (Chicago Transit Authority) is Chicago's public transportation system, offering a large network of buses, elevated trains, and subways around the city. Take the 2, 4, 6, X28 bus from downtown Chicago south toward 55th and Hyde Park or take the Red Line train toward the Garfield/55th stop. Fares are $2.25 per ride. See transitchicago.com for details.
Driving and Parking
Hyde Park is on a grid system, with numbered streets running East to West. Northern streets have smaller numbers than southern streets. Many are one-way streets.
Street parking is available all around campus, but the preferred visitors garages are located at 55th Street & Ellis Ave. and Drexel Avenue & 61st St. The parking lot is located at 60th St. & Drexel Ave. is free after 4 pm and on weekends.
Parking at 55th St. and Ellis Ave. ranges from $4 for an hour, to $20 for 4+ hours; however, parking is a flat $4 for parking after 4 pm and on weekends. Parking at Drexel Ave. and 61st St. is limited to monthly permit holders only between 5 am and 9 am.
For more information on parking, see here.
Bicycle racks can be found at various locations on campus. All CTA buses are equipped with bike racks, and Metra allows bikes on trains with some limitations.
The Bike Center at 53rd St. & Lake Park Ave. allows for rentals, repairs, bike parking, as well as showers and lockers. You can find more information about bike tours and rentals at ChooseChicago.org.
Chicago's Divvy Bike system has many new and upcoming stations in and around Hyde Park. The 24-hour bike pass will provide you with unlimited rides for up to 30 minutes. Find more information and a full map of Chicago stations at divvybikes.com.