Getting Around


The University provides a variety of transportation and parking options to students, faculty, staff, and visitors to the UChicago community. Transportation offerings are designed to serve and support members of the campus community and our surrounding neighbors to travel on and around campus safely and efficiently.

For a comprehensive look at the University’s transit and parking options, check out the 2021-2022 Transportation & Parking Guide.

Parking at UChicago

Visitor Parking

Several options exist around campus for visitor parking. These lots include: Young, Chapin, McGiffert, Dorchester, Wells, and the community lot at the corner of East 60th Street and Stony Island Avenue. The visitor parking rate at University-operated lots is $4 an hour.

Campus North (Ellis) Garage is another option for visitor parking. 

    0-2 hours - $12
    2-3 hours - $16
    3-4 hours - $22
    4-24 hours - $28

Mobile Payment Parking

The University offers a mobile payment solution for visitor parking in the following lots: McGiffert, Wells, Chapin, Young, and Dorchester. Payments can be made by downloading the Passport app from the app store or the Google Play store; through the website or from a mobile device; or with any type of phone by calling 312.273.5691. Signs in these lots provide more specific information necessary to complete the mobile payment process.

Permit Parking

Parking permits are available to faculty, staff, and students on a first come, first serve basis. Permits can be purchased monthly, quarterly, or annually. Fees can be paid for with checks, credit card (Visa/MasterCard only), payroll deduction, or Form 62. To apply for parking please fill out and return the parking application. It is the responsibility of the permit holder to renew or cancel their parking permit. All permits expire on the date indicated on the permit hangtag. There will be a $25 penalty fee for renewals after the expiration date.  We prorate on the fifteenth of each month to $60.00 for the rest of that current month.  We don’t issue refunds for any time that may go unused.

Parking permit rates are as follows, as of October 1, 2021:

  • $235/month: Lexington
  • $140/month: Various, Judd, McGiffert
  • $125/month: Campus North (Ellis) Garage Wells, Faculty Apartments, Woodlawn Social Services Center, Edelstone, Law, Keller, Chapin, 6045/Kenwood, Dorchester, International House

Parking rates include any required City of Chicago and Cook County parking taxes.

While the University of Chicago Police Department patrols the parking lots, a parking permit does not include or imply security protection for your vehicle. The University assumes no responsibility for theft of, from, or damage to any vehicle. 

Transportation & Parking Office

The University’s Transportation & Parking Office is located on the first floor of Campus North (Ellis) Garage, 5525 South Ellis Avenue, Room 171. Office hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. To reach the office, call 773.702.8969 or email