Plan Your Visit

Plan Your Visit

Located across the street from Union Station and two blocks from Ogilvie Transportation Center and the Quincy Brown Line CTA stop, getting to the Illini Center via public transportation couldn’t be easier. For those who drive, the Center is easily accessible from Eisenhower Expressway (290) and Kennedy Expressway (90/94).

Getting Here

Driving Directions

From the west, follow the Eisenhower Expressway (290) east into town, where it becomes Congress Avenue. Exit Wacker Drive and follow the signs that read Upper Wacker Drive. You will be driving north. The Illini Center will be on your left just before Adams Street.

From the south, follow the Kennedy Expressway (90/94) west and exit on Monroe Street. Turn right (east) on Monroe and follow it to Wacker Drive and turn right (south). The Illini Center will be on your right just after Adams Street.

From the north, follow the Kennedy Expressway (90/94) south and exit on Jackson Street. Turn left (east) on Jackson and follow it to Wacker Drive and turn left (north). The Illini Center will be on your left just before Adams Street.

Public Transportation

The Center is located just two blocks from the Quincy brown line stop on the ‘El’ train and near several bus stops. For Metra users, Union Station is just across the river and Ogilvie Transportation Center is two blocks away. Union Station also services Amtrak trains, the Lincolnland Express and Megabus.

UI Ride

UI Ride is an intercampus shuttle service connecting Urbana-Champaign and Chicago to provide an affordable, efficient, and convenient mode of transportation for the University of Illinois System faculty, staff, and students.

Routes run Monday through Friday, multiple times each day, and stop outside the Illini Center at 200 South Wacker Drive. When booking, choose “Chicago-Discovery Partners Institute”.


Three convenient parking garages are located near the Center:

  • Tower Self Park: entrance located on Adams Street between Franklin and Wells Streets.
  • 500 W Monroe Garage: entrance located on Monroe Street between Clinton and Canal Streets.
  • 322 W Van Buren Street Lot: entrance located on Van Buren between Wacker Drive and Franklin Street.
Nearby Hotels

Hyatt Place Chicago
28 N. Franklin
Chicago, IL 60606
(312) 955-0950

La Quinta Inn & Suites
One South Franklin
Chicago, IL 60606
(312) 558-1020

JW Marriott Chicago
151 W. Adams
Chicago, IL 60603
(312) 660-8200

Hilton Garden Inn Chicago Central Loop
245 S. Franklin
Chicago, IL 60606
(773) 809-6860

W Chicago-City Center
172 W. Adams
Chicago, IL 60603
(312) 332-1200

Club Quarters, Central Loop
(University of Illinois Faculty/Staff)
111 W. Adams
Chicago, IL 60603
(312) 214-6400


At the Illini Center there are no restrictions on catering. Use a catering service of your choice or let us recommend a quality caterer.