Public Transportation

Getting around the city

There are numerous public transportation options on and near campus, including buses, CTA trains, and commuter rail lines.

SEE ROUTES AND SCHEDULES FOR ALL CTA BUSES AND TRAINS

BUSES & TRAINS NEAR CAMPUS

A CTA bus on a run down S. Ellis on the University of Chicago campus.

CTA Buses

The CTA Garfield Street station in Chicago.

CTA Trains

A Metra train arrives at a station.

Metra Electric

The Chicago skyline.

South Shore Line (NICTD)

TRANSPORTATION AT UCHICAGO

Having reliable transportation options is an important part of staying safe. We have many ways to move safely around campus and the Hyde Park area. See the map for shuttle, train, and bus routes, Divvy bike sharing locations, and campus parking lots.

    • Garfield Red Line Station

      The CTA Red Line travels to the downtown Loop area.

      When using this rail line, take the #55 bus route to/from the Garfield station. The University’s Red Line/Arts Block shuttle route also provides service between campus and the Garfield Red Line.

    • Garfield Green Line Station

      The CTA Green Line travels to the downtown Loop area.

      When using this rail line, take the #55 bus route to/from the Garfield station.

    • Metra: 59th Street Station

      Serves the Metra Electric District Line.

      This station is located along South Lake Park Avenue at 59th Street. Use CTA routes #2, #6, #15, and #28 to go between campus and the stop. Use University Shuttle Routes Midway Metra, Friend Center, Central, and South to go between campus and the stop.

    • Metra: 55th-56th-57th Street Station

      Serves the Metra Electric District Line.

      This station is located along South Lake Park Avenue at 55th, 56th and 57th Streets. Use CTA routes #6, #15, #28, #55, and #171 to go between campus and the stop. Use University Shuttle Routes Friend Center and East to go between campus and the stop.

    • Metra: 51st-53rd Street Station

      Serves the Metra Electric District Line.

      Located along South Lake Park Avenue between 51st and 53rd Streets. Use CTA routes #2, #6, #15, #28, #171, #172, and #192 to go between campus and the stop. Use University Shuttle Routes 53rd Street Express, East, and Regents Express to go between campus and the stop.

    • South Shore Line (NICTD)

      Runs daily between the South Bend Airport and Millennium Station.

      To access campus, use the 57th Street Metra station. Use CTA routes #2, #6, #15, and #28 to go between campus and the stop. Use University Shuttle Routes Midway Metra, Friend Center, and Central to go between campus and the stop.

    • 171 U. of Chicago/Hyde Park (GREEN)

      Mon-Fri, 7:15am-6:20pm, Sat, 8am-6:20pm. After Summer Convocation, a reduced service schedule goes into effect.

      Services Lake Shore Drive/54th Street and the 55th-56th-57th Street Metra station. Travels to campus on 55th Street and Ellis Avenue, then circles around campus. University students, faculty, and staff, and University of Chicago Medicine staff, ride route #171 free upon displaying a valid UChicago-issued ID, University of Chicago Medicine ID, or Laboratory Schools or Charter School ID.

    • 172 U. of Chicago/Kenwood (PINK)

      Mon-Fri, 7:15am-6:15pm, Sat-Sun, 8am-6:20pm. After Summer Convocation, a reduced service schedule goes into effect.

      Services Lake Shore Drive/50th Street and the Hyde Park-53rd Street Metra station. Travels to campus on Hyde Park Boulevard and Ellis Avenue, then circles around campus. University students, faculty, and staff, and University of Chicago Medicine staff, ride route #172 free upon displaying a valid UChicago-issued ID, University of Chicago Medicine ID, or Laboratory Schools or Charter School ID.

    • 192 U. of Chicago Hospitals Express (RED)

      Mon-Fri, 6:30am-9am (southbound), 3:45pm-7pm (northbound)

      Provides express service to/from downtown to Harper Court, campus, and the medical center. Southbound (AM) service: Clinton/Madison south to Cottage Grove/57th. Northbound (PM) service: 850 E. 59th north to Clinton/Madison.

    • 2 Hyde Park Express (YELLOW)

      Mon-Fri, 6am-9:20am, 3:30pm-7:05pm

      AM rush: Clockwise loop in Hyde Park, enters Lake Shore Dr. NB at 47th, exits SB at 57th. PM rush: Counterclockwise loop in Hyde Park, enters Lake Shore Dr. NB at 57th, exits SB at 47th.

    • 6 Jackson Park Express (BROWN)

      Operates daily

      Must transfer to CTA #171 at the intersection of South Hyde Park Boulevard and 53rd Street.

    • 15 Jeffrey Local (ORANGE)

      Operates daily, 5am-1:18am

    • 28 Stony Island (BLUE)

      Operates daily

      Must transfer to CTA #172 at the intersection of East Hyde Park Boulevard (51st Street) and Lake Park Avenue.

    • 55 Garfield (PURPLE)

      Operates daily

      If traveling on the Green or Red lines, use this bus to get to/from campus.

    This map only displays CTA bus stops found on or near the University of Chicago campus. To see the full routes for these buses, visit the CTA website.
    View all CTA bus routes and schedules
    • Red Line/Arts Block Route (RED)

      Mon-Fri, 6:30am-9pm, every 10 min

      Provides service from central points on campus to the Garfield Red Line Station, and the Arts Block.

    • Friend Center & Metra Route (BLUE)

      Mon-Fri, 5am-9pm, every 30 min

      59th Street & Drexel Avenue: Final departure is at 8:30 p.m. Friend Center: Final departure is at 8:40 p.m. 57th Street Metra Station: Final departure is at 8:50 p.m.

    • Drexel Route (PURPLE)

      Mon-Fri, 5am-10am, every 10 min

      The final departure from 61st Street and Drexel Avenue is at 9:50 a.m. Passengers should use the Apostolic/Drexel Route after 10 a.m.

    • Apostolic Route (PINK)

      Mon-Fri, 5am-10am, every 10 min

      The final departure from 63rd Street and Kenwood Avenue is at 9:50 a.m. Passengers should use the Apostolic/Drexel Route after 10 a.m.

    • Apostolic/Drexel Route (ORANGE)

      Mon-Fri, 10am-12:30am, 10am-3pm every 15 min, 3pm-12:30am every 10 min

      Picks up at both Drexel and Apostolic parking lots. The final departure from 59th Street and Drexel Avenue is at 12:10 a.m. To arrange for transportation after 12:30 a.m., University of Chicago Medicine staff should contact the hospital's security office at 773.702.6262.

    • Midway Metra (GREEN)

      Mon-Fri, 5:40am-9:40am, 3:30p-6:40pm

      Serves Metra stations near campus, several destinations along 59th and 60th streets, and the University of Chicago Medicine’s campus.

    • 53rd Street Express (YELLOW)

      Mon-Fri, 7am-6pm, 7am-8am every 30 min, 8am-10:30am every 15 minutes, 10:30am-6pm every 30 min

      The route starts at Harper Court and operates between 53rd Street and various points around campus. Once service for the 53rd Street Express shuttle ends at 6 p.m., the East Route of the NightRide service travels east on 53rd Street and can be picked up at the southeast corner of 53rd Street and Lake Park Avenue.

    These shuttles run year-round, except on University-honored holidays.
    View the Daytime Shuttles Map (PDF)
    • North Route (YELLOW)

      Every day, 4pm-4am, every 15-30 min

      4pm-11pm: Approximate wait times of 15-25 minutes. 11pm-4am: Frequency is reduced to every 30 minutes. Shuttles will leave from the southeast corner of University Avenue and 57th Street on the hour and half-past the hour.

    • South Route (PINK)

      Every day, 4pm-4am, every 15-30 min

      4pm-11pm: Approximate wait times of 15-25 minutes. 11pm-4am: Frequency is reduced to every 30 minutes. Shuttles will leave from the southeast corner of Ellis Avenue and 60th Street on the hour and half-past the hour.

    • East Route (GREEN)

      Every day, 4pm-4am, every 15-30 min

      4pm-11pm: Approximate wait times of 15-25 minutes. 11pm-4am: Frequency is reduced to every 30 minutes. Shuttles will leave from the southeast corner of University Avenue and 57th Street on the hour and half-past the hour.

    • Central Route (ORANGE)

      Every day, 4pm-4am, every 15-30 min

      4pm-11pm: Approximate wait times of 15-25 minutes. 11pm-4am: Frequency is reduced to every 30 minutes. Shuttles will leave from the southeast corner of University Avenue and 57th Street on the hour and half-past the hour.

    • Regents Express (PURPLE)

      Mon-Fri, 5:20pm-9pm

      The last run of the Regents Express leaves from Law School at 8:40 p.m.

    • South Loop Shuttle (BLUE)

      Fri-Sat, 6pm-12:30am, every hour

      The South Loop Shuttle departs from 57th Street and University Avenue and drops off at the south entrance of Roosevelt Station in the South Loop. The shuttle departs campus beginning at 6 p.m., every hour on the hour through midnight. Use Roosevelt Station to connect to Red, Green, and Orange line trains and several CTA bus routes.

    Please note: the South Loop Shuttle does not operate during academic breaks or during Summer Quarter. All other shuttles run year-round, except on University-honored holidays.
    View the NightRide Shuttles Map (PDF)
    • Ellis Ave & 55th St

      Ellis Ave & 55th St, Chicago, IL 60637

    • University Ave & 57th St

      University Ave & 57th St, Chicago, IL 60612

    • Ellis Ave & 58th St

      Ellis Ave & 58th St, Chicago, IL 60637

    • Woodlawn Ave & 55th St

      Woodlawn Ave & 55th St, Chicago, IL 60615

    • Ellis Ave & 60th St

      Ellis Ave & 60th St, Chicago, IL 60637

    • Harper Ave & 59th St

      Harper Ave & 59th St, Chicago, IL 60637

    • Lake Park Ave & 56th St

      Lake Park Ave & 56th St, Chicago, IL 60637

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    • Campus North Parking (Ellis)

      5505 S Ellis Ave

    • Kimbark South Parking

      Opens January 2023

    • Young Parking Lot

      5555 S Ellis Ave

    • Wells Parking Lot

      6000 S Drexel Ave

    • Law School Parking Lot

      1111 E 60th St

    • McGiffert Lot

      5751 S Woodlawn Ave

    • Lexington Parking

      5835 S University Ave

    All parking lots have ADA accessible parking. Street parking can also often be found along most of the major thoroughfares. Street cleaning or snow routes may restrict this access.
    View all Parking Lots (PDF)
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A CTA bus on a run down S. Ellis on the University of Chicago campus.

Commuter Benefits

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Metra Discounts

Lost and Found

If you believe you left an item on a CTA bus or train, visit the CTA's Lost and Found webpage. You can also contact the CTA directly by calling 888.YOUR.CTA (888.968.7282).

VISIT THE CTA'S LOST & FOUND WEBSITE

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