Travel Information

Travel Information

Getting To and Around Chicago



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Chicago, the largest city in the Midwest, lies in the heart of the United States, making travel to the 2021 AES Annual Meeting easy, no matter where you are coming from. Chicago glistens in the winter, the energy is unmatched. We look forward to hosting you in our amazing hometown.

Air Travel

Click here to learn more about COVID safety protocols at Chicago airports.

Chicago O’Hare International Airport
Multi-award-winning, environmentally conscious O’Hare (ORD) is one of the largest airports in the world. It lies just 16 miles from downtown Chicago and boasts four terminals — three domestic (Terminals 1, 2 and 3) and one international (Terminal 5).

Chicago Midway International Airport
Midway (MDW) is the nation’s premier point-to-point airport, offering value-oriented leisure and business travel to over 60 destinations. It’s located only 11 miles from downtown Chicago.

Transportation to/from O’Hare and Midway

Both O’Hare and Midway are within easy reach of McCormick Place and downtown Chicago.


Getting Around Chicago

Chicago Transit Authority (CTA)

CTA operates eight 'L' trains and 129 bus routes that connect the city via above-ground, street-level, and below-ground transportation.

Pay cash for single trip bus rides or purchase a reloadable Ventra Transit Card or Unlimited Ride Pass for both travel by ‘L’ train and bus. Tip: Download the Ventra app to track arrival/departure times for CTA buses and ‘L’ trains, and to reload your balance on the go. Find CTA fares, card retailers, maps, schedules, and train trackers.


In addition to hailing taxis throughout the city, you can e-hail and e-pay with CHICABS-approved apps ARRO and CURB. Credit cards are accepted in all taxis.


Choose Chicago's accessibility guide has details on getting around Chicago by train, bus, taxi, and more for those with disabilities and/or mobility aids.


For maps, tips, and other helpful information for visitors, please visit the Choose Chicago website.