Getting Around

Arriving by plane

Chicago is served by two international airports, O'Hare and Midway.

From O'Hare International Airport (ORD)

You can take the CTA Blue Line (a public-transit train) from the O’Hare station to the Monroe station. This will take about an hour and cost $5. Shuttle buses and vans as well as taxis are available for varying prices; travel time for automobiles will vary widely with traffic.

From Midway International Airport (MDW)

You can take the CTA Orange Line (a public-transit train) from the Midway station to either the Harold Washington Library station or the Randolph & Wabash station. The Harold Washington Library station will be a longer walk, but a much shorter train ride, so this is a good choice if your students are not bringing a lot of luggage. Again, shuttles and vans are available for varying prices.

Arriving by train

From Union Station, you can take a cab to the Palmer House or opt for the public-transit options described below.

CTA Bus

Take the 134, 135, 151, or 156 bus from the Canal & Jackson stop to the Dearborn & Adams stop. The Palmer House Hilton hotel is 5-minute walk away from the Dearborn & Adams stop.

CTA Train

Take the Blue Line from the Clinton stop (426 S Clinton St, Chicago, IL 60607) to the Monroe stop. The Palmer House Hilton hotel is 3-minute walk away from the Monroe stop.

Driving to the Palmer House

Directions

The Palmer House offers comprehensive driving directions on their website, which can be found here. We also recommend that you look at Google Maps for directions.

Parking

  • Self-parking is located at 55 E Monroe St and costs $42/night
  • Valet parking is also available at 55 E Monroe St for the cost of $72/night