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Getting to IMTS! Take a Look at Chicago Hotels & Transportation

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IMTS returns to McCormick Place, our nation’s largest convention center, a beautiful, modern venue with stunning views of Lake Michigan from the East Building and upper levels of the South Building. Located in downtown Chicago with ample parking, the center is easily accessed by public transportation and highways. From world-class dining and breweries to attractions and shopping, there is something for everyone in the Windy City. Below is information to help you find the right hotel and get familiar with your transportation options. 
 
Hotels – get the lowest rates
Book a hotel room within our discounted hotel block. IMTS, in cooperation with Connections Housing – the only IMTS housing provider, specially contracts the lowest room rates during the event, guarantees your room and offers free shuttle service to and from McCormick Place for all hotels within the IMTS Hotel Block with the exception of those at McCormick Place.
 
Don't wait to book your hotel room – due to the size and popularity of IMTS, every room in Chicago will be occupied. Visit the IMTS 2018 Hotel Information page, with hotel listings, descriptions, maps, amenities, and more. Check out IMTSTV videos on these two unique hotels: 
More IMTSTV videos on Chicago hotels will be released soon.
 
Travel - You don’t have to rent a car
Chicago Airports
Two international airports, O’Hare and Midway have approximately 1,450 daily direct flights to more than 245 destinations. O’Hare is just 17 miles from downtown Chicago and Midway is a mere 10 miles.
 
Ground Transportation to/from Airports
Go Airport Express is the premier airport shuttle provider for Chicago's O'Hare and Midway airports and McCormick Place. They offer efficient and economical shared ride services, express luxury sedans and limo services, as well as a complete line of charter vehicle services. Shuttles depart from O'Hare and Midway airports every 10-15 minutes for downtown Chicago and suburban Chicago area hotels.
 
Free IMTS 2018 Shuttles
All hotels within the IMTS Hotel Block are served with complimentary shuttles to and from McCormick Place with the exception of those at McCormick Place.
 
Public Transportation
McCormick Place is now connected to the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) via both city bus and elevated train or “L” for elevated. The CTA Green Line stops at Cermak-McCormick Place. Located at the intersection of Cermak Road and State Street, just two blocks (0.15 mile) from the northwest corner of the McCormick Place West Building.
 
METRA Electric Commuter Railroad
Located on Level 2.5 of the McCormick Place Grand Concourse in the South Building, the METRA Electric commuter railroad connects downtown to outlying suburbs. 
 
Uber, Lyft, CHICABS & Arro
Be sure to download these ridesharing apps for affordable alternatives to taking a cab with multiple pickup locations around McCormick Place. For CHICABS, download “Curb” from your favorite App Store.
 
Bike Share
Use Chicago’s bike-share program, Divvy Bikes, to rent a bike whenever you need. There is a bike station at McCormick Place and three others within 0.15 mile. Check out how easy and fun it is to ride Divvy Bikes in this short IMTSV video: Getting Around Chicago; Divvy Bikes
 
Parking and Directions
There are three main parking lots on the McCormick Place campus. All are close and walking distance to the convention complex. Get directions and parking information on the McCormick Place website.
 

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