Event Venue: McCormick Place

McCormick Place (convention center) is comprised of four buildings - North, South, East and West.

WEFTEC 2021 occurs in the North and South buildings.

North/South Buildings' Primary Address:

2301 S. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive

Chicago, Illinois 60616

WEFTEC Shuttles

Complimentary shuttle bus service to/from the convention center will be provided from/to most official conference hotels beginning Sunday, October 17 through Wednesday, October 20.

The walkable exceptions are the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place and the Marriott Marquis Chicago.

Final schedules and routes will be available in September 2021.

  • Buses from hotels to the convention center operate from 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Central
  • Buses from the convention center to hotels operate from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Central
  • The only hotel serviced by mid-day shuttles (10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Central) is the conference headquarter hotel, the Hilton Chicago.

Due to traffic patterns within the city, buses cannot stop directly in front of all hotels. Guests may have to walk a short distance to another hotel or to a street corner to catch a bus.

Airport

O’Hare International Airport located 16 miles from downtown Chicago. Visit https://www.flychicago.com/ohare to search flights, view terminal maps, review FAQs, and learn more about both airports.

 

Midway International Airport located 12 miles from downtown Chicago. Visit https://www.flychicago.com/midway to search flights, view terminal maps, review FAQs, and learn more about both airports.

 

DOMESTIC U.S. TRAVELERS:

Due to circumstances resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and the national emergency declaration, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has extended the REAL ID enforcement deadline for U.S. citizens to May 23, 2023. 

View a complete list of acceptable forms of ID or learn more about the REAL ID program and requirements.

Airport Shuttle(s)

O’Hare International Airport
Airport Shuttles offer a convenient alternative for traveling to and from O'Hare International Airport. Whether you are going to O'Hare from the city or suburbs, or trying to reach a hotel from the airport, shuttle services can get you there. The shuttle services are also a great mode of transportation if you need to travel between O'Hare and Midway International Airport.

Go Airport Express - Shuttles & SUVS to City/Suburbs 

GO Airport Express offers daily shared ride and non-stop direct service to/from O'Hare. They provide door-to-door downtown coverage, including most Chicago neighborhoods and suburbs. They begin operations during the early morning hours as early 3:30AM. For reservations please call 1-888-284-3826.

 

Midway International Airport

There are a number of shuttles and regional buses that service Midway International Airport, making it easy for passengers all over the region to travel to and from the airport. For a complete list of shuttle locations and please visit Midway’s International Airport Shuttle Information.

Transportation Network Providers (rideshares)

O’Hare International Airport - A Rideshare (or TNP) company provides prearranged transportation services for compensation through an Internet-enabled application or digital platform to connect passengers with drivers of vehicles for hire.

Loading zones for Rideshare services are at the following locations:

    • Terminal 2 - waiting area Upper Level between Door 2A and Door 2D 
      • BLACK Zone A - Outside North of vestibule 2A
      • BLUE Zone B - Outside vestibule 2A
      • ORANGE Zone C- Outside vestibule 2B
      • GREEN Zone D - Outside vestibule 2D
        • Passengers should wait in the specific colored zones until their TNP arrives to the same colored zone before proceeding to the designated pick-up location. A waiting area inside is available between vestibules 2A and 2D.
    • Terminal 5 - waiting area Lower Level Door 5B

Uber Black and Uber Taxi will pick up on the Lower Level.
For more information about the Rideshare program, please visit​ the City of Chicago website​.

 

Midway International Airport - A Rideshare company provides prearranged transportation services for compensation through an Internet-enabled application or digital platform to connect passengers with drivers of vehicles for hire.

The loading zone for rideshare services is on the Lower Level Outside of Baggage Claim, Door 4.

For more information about the Rideshare program, please visit ​the City of Chicago website​​.

Public Transportation

Getting Around Chicago 

Chicago is home to one of the world’s best public transportation networks. Between the Chicago Transit Authority, the Metra Commuter Rail, bike lanes and plentiful taxis, getting around Chicago without a car is easy. 

The nation’s second largest public transportation system, the CTA operates Chicago’s eight ‘L’ train lines and 129 bus routes.

Not all of the system’s train lines are elevated (which is where the term ‘L’ comes from). They do, however, connect the city via above-ground, street-level, and subway trains, and serve 145 rail stations all over town. Two lines operate 24/7: the Blue Line, which connects Chicago O’Hare International Airport and downtown, and the Red Line, with service between the North and South Sides via downtown.

Convenient CTA bus routes travel throughout the city, with stops every few blocks. Several lines offer Night Owl service, running until 2 a.m. or later. Get more information about extended hours of service.

Biking 

Chicago is a city made for cycling. There are over 200 miles of protected bike lanes, buffered bike lanes, conventional bike lanes, dashed/advisory lanes, marked shared lanes, and neighborhood bike routes throughout the city.

Divvy, Chicago’s bike-share program, offers over 580 stations and 5,800 bikes across the city, available for rent 24/7. Users simply pick up a bike from a self-service docking station and return it to a station near their destination. Find Divvy locations and rates. Get the Divvy app: Android and iOS.

 

O’Hare International Airport

There are a few different public transportation options that make O'Hare International Airport easily accessible. The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) is the most economical option. Passengers may also utilize the Metra and Pace Bus routes. For a complete list of options please visit the O’Hare International Airport Public Transportation page.

 

Midway International Airport

There are a few different public transportation options that make Midway International Airport easily accessible. The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) is the most economical option. Passengers may also utilize the Pace Bus routes. For a complete list of options please visit the Midway International Airport Public Transportation page.

Taxicabs

O’Hare International Airport

Leaving O'Hare
There are Taxi Stands at the lower level curb front (outside of Baggage Claim) at each terminal. Taxi service is available to Chicago and suburban destinations. Please make sure to use the designated Taxi Stands to ensure you have a licensed driver. For your protection, do not accept rides from drivers outside the cab stand or on the departure level (second level) of the terminal roadways. All taxis should have a working meter to calculate the fare based on time and mileage.

  • Fares are based on traffic conditions, but an average fare from O'Hare to downtown Chicago is $30-40
  • For wheelchair accessible vehicles, please call 1-888-928-2227​

Shared ride service is available to those who wish to share a ride and pay a flat rate to certain destinations if multiple parties are available for the trip. Shared ride fares from O'Hare include:

  • Downtown ($24 per person)
  • McCormick Place ($24 per person)
  • Midway International Airport ($37 per person)

Going to O'Hare
If you are taking a taxi to O'Hare from Chicago and are not located in an area where taxis are readily available, the list of taxi companies and phone numbers below may be useful to schedule a pick up.

For more information and on how to Ride Smart, please visit the City of Chicago website: CHICABS.ORG

 

Midway International Airport

Leaving Midway
Taxi stands are located on the lower level curbfront of the terminals, and taxis are available on a first come, first serve basis. To ensure you have a licensed taxi driver, please be sure to use the taxi stands. For your protection, do not accept rides from drivers outside the cab stand or in the departure area of the terminal roadways. All taxis should have a working meter to calculate the fare based on time and mileage.

  • Fares are based on traffic conditions, but an average fare from Midway to downtown Chicago is $35-40.
  • For current fare information, please check the City of Chicago taxi passenger information website.
  • For wheelchair accessible vehicles, please call: Curb Mobility, 888 928-2277 or 888-WAV-CABS

Shared ride service is available to those who wish to share a ride and pay a flat rate to certain destinations if multiple parties are available for the trip. Shared ride fares from Midway include:

  • Downtown ($18 per person)
  • McCormick Place ($18 per person)
  • O'Hare International Airport ($35 per person)

Parking at the Convention Center

There are three main parking lots on the McCormick Place campus. All are in close proximity and walking distance to our convention complex and are ADA accessible.

Events in the North, South and West Buildings designate Lot A as the primary parking location.

Events in Lakeside Center and Arie Crown Theater designate Lot C as the primary parking location.

To find the building location of your event, please visit our event calendar.

Parking Lot Addresses: 

Lot A – 2301 South Prairie Avenue, Chicago, IL 60616
Lot B – 3050 South Moe Drive, Chicago, IL 60616
Lot C – Fort Dearborn Drive, Chicago, IL 60616

Purchase parking online

Parking Rates:

Lot A: The parking rate is $25 for up to 16 hours and $38 from 16 to 24 hours. There are no in-and-out privileges.
Lot B: The parking rate is a flat fee of $16 per day with no in-and-out privileges.
Lot C: The parking rate is a flat fee of $25 per day with no in-and-out privileges.

Mobility Device Rentals

For wheelchairs, mobility scooters, power chairs and oxygen equipment rentals, contact our preferred service partner, Scootaround Mobility Solutions at 888-441-7575 or visit https://locations.scootaround.com/McCormickPlace