The excitement of planning for a trip to a convention may overlook the most important aspect of it all - getting to the convention center itself. Whether convention attendees are visiting from around the nation (or world), or C2E2 is considered to be a local event, ReedPop has broken down the best ways to easily get around throughout the weekend. The Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo is set to return to the south Building at McCormick Place on 2301 S King Dr. in Chicago, IL, where its points of access can be through the circle drive at the front of the building, or through the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place on 2233 S Martin Luther King Dr, Chicago, IL.
In apology for the transportation feature's previous absence in 2021, ReedPop and C2E2 have returned the official C2E2 Shuttle service to transport those who may opt to use public transportation throughout the weekend. These complimentary shuttles operate on an ongoing schedule from McCormick Place’s South Building and depart every 25 to 30 minutes. The Shuttles begin service at 8:00 a.m. every day and end at 10:00 PM on Friday and Saturday. Shuttles will not run past 6:00 p.m. on Sunday. C2E2 Shuttles have three designated stops on their route: Millennium Station which boards at the southwest corner of Michigan & Randolph (by Divvy Rental Bikes), Ogilvie Station which boards at the northeast corner of Canal & Washington, and McCormick Station, which boards curbside on Cermak. The entire Shuttle schedule can be found here.
The McCormick Place offers parking spaces for those who are arriving by car and the official parking map can be accessed here. Three main designated points are reserved for event attendees. Attendees and exhibitors are able to park in limited spots for a rate of $38.00 USD / day and are given re-entery privileges through select garages. Lot B is recommended for bus and RV parking and can be found at 31st Street near Lake Shore Drive South and Moe Drive. Parking in Lot B is also $30.00 USD / day with granted re-entry privileges. Parking Lot A is located at 2301 South Prairie Avenue, Chicago, IL 60616, Parking Lot B can be accessed at 3050 South Moe Drive, Chicago, IL 60616, and Parking Lot C can be found at Fort Dearborn Drive, Chicago, IL 60616. Advanced online parking passes are available for purchase.
Electric Vehicle charging stations are available in Parking Lot A and are only accessible through a pre-purchased parking pass. Additional charging fees will be applied. Multiple forms of public transit are in proximity to the McCormick Place. The Cermak-McCormick Place Green Line Station is 2 blocks (0.15 mile) from the northwest corner of the McCormick Place West Building. This is the closest CTA stop and one-way train fares are $2.25 USD when not arriving from the O'Hare Airport. Be sure to enter the southbound Green Line Cottage Grove or Ashland/63rd Branch trains when headed to the McCormick Place from the Chicago Loop. Outbound riders are to board the northbound platform marked “Harlem/Lake." , Green Lines trains are expected to operate approximately on an 11-minute frequency from 5:00 a.m. to midnight.
If convention attendees are unable to walk from the Green Line stop to the convention center, Green Line riders are able to an East bound Cermak Road #21 Bus located directly below the station platform on Cermak Road for an additional 25-cent fee. The #21 Bus stops in front of the McCormick Place. Additional bus lines are the #3 King Drive McCormick Place – MLK Drive at McCormick Square – 2301 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Chicago for North, South, Lakeside Center Buildings and the Hyatt Hotel and the #3 King Drive “Cermak at Indiana” for the McCormick Place West Building. Over 5,800 city taxi lines offer services throughout the Chicago Loop.
Outlife of Lyft and Uber, CHICABS allow conventiongoers to electronically hail cab services. All ride reservations are made through a mobile smartphone application. For access to CHICABS, download the “Curb” application from the app store and or select “Arro” for the Arro App site. The City of Chicago Bike Sharing System, Divvy, can also be utilized as public transportation. Divvy offers 24-hour passes that give cyclists unlimited 30-minute intervals per rental. Divvy Bike reservations and returns can be made at the McCormick Square – 2301 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive or at Cermak and Wabash near the Cermak – McCormick Place Green Line Station.
C2E2 2022 begins on August 5th and runs through August 7th, 2022. VIP Tickets, 3-Day Admission, Single Day Admission, and Digital tickets can be purchased online or in-person at select retailers. Can't make it? Safely sell tickets through the Lyte Ticket Exchange.