Chicago is well served by air both internationally and from within the USA.
Travel to Northwestern University and Nearby Hotels
• From O'Hare Airport
The majority of conference attendees will arrive in Chicago via O'Hare airport. All international flights arrive at O'Hare's Terminal 5.
- By Taxi
A taxi can be easily hailed at all times of the day just by walking outside the terminal from the baggage claim. Cab fare to Northwestern will be about $40 each way and takes approximately 45 minutes depending on traffic. Fixed rate taxi can be arranged by calling 303 Taxi (1-800-225-5303). Fixed rate to Evanston will be about $35 each way.
- By Train (Chicago Transit Authority)
At the CTA Blue line station at O'Hare you can board a train that will take you downtown, at which point you'll have to transfer to either the Red Line or Purple Line. The fare is $5, but the trip takes approximately two hours. For more information click here.
- By Shared Van
There are some shared van services that serve O'Hare airport. Go Airport Express is one such example. Rides can be arranged ahead of time, or at the terminal. For more information click here.
- Uber, Lyft
These smartphone-app based services are available in Chicago, but they cannot be used for rides from the airport. However, rides to the airport are allowed. For new users, we have arranged for a discount code to be applied for a free or discounted ride.
Uber code: World-Haptics
Lyft code: WORLDHAPTICS
• From Midway Airport
Midway Airport is a smaller airport serving primarily domestic flights. Transportation from Midway is similar to O'Hare, but because it is farther away from Northwestern, cab fares are higher and travel times are longer.
• From Union Station
If you arrive by train into Chicago, you will arrive at the downtown Union Station.
- By Train (Metra)
The Union Pacific North Line (UP-N) passes through Evanston. Trains run every hour on weekdays, and every two hours on weekends. The fare is less than $5, and the trip takes about 20 minutes from nearby Ogilvie Transportation Center to Evanston's Davis street station. For more information click here.
If you need an official letter from the conference to obtain a visa, please send an email to the conference chair John Gero email