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What's the best way to get from the Law Library to downtown?

Question updated on Sep 12, 2014   


Car: Take Ellis Avenue or Woodlawn Avenue to the South Plaisance. Drive east on the Plaisance under the Metra Electric train tracks and past Stony Island Avenue until you reach Cornell Avenue. Take a left on Cornell and proceed north on Cornell as it loops around the Museum of Science and Industry. Cornell will run into Lake Shore Drive (Route 41). Take a left hand turn on to Lake Shore Drive northbound, which will take you along Lake Michigan, past the McCormick Place convention center, Soldier Field, and the Field Museum and into downtown. The Jackson (left exit), Monroe (left exit), and Randolph exits will lead you right into the Loop business district. The Chicago Avenue exit (left exit) will take you to the North Michigan Avenue shopping area. The Fullerton exit will take you into Lincoln Park.

Train: Metra's Electric Line, which terminates downtown at Randolph Street and Michigan Avenue, has stops at both 55th/56th/57th Street and 59th Street in Hyde Park. The 59th Street station (at 59th Street between Blackstone and Stony Island Avenues) is significantly closer to the Law School (a little less than a fifteen minute walk), but the 55th/56th/57th Street station (at 56th Street and Lake Park Avenue) has more frequent service and is still walkable (around twenty minutes from the Law School). The trip between Hyde Park and downtown takes about twenty minutes. Metra train schedules and other information are available at the Metra website.

Bus: The CTA's No. 2 bus (Hyde Park Express) stops in front of the Law School and then travels north on Lake Shore Drive with stops along State Street in the Loop before heading out to Navy Pier along Wacker Drive and Illinois Street. The No.2 only runs weekdays during rush hours. The No. 6 bus (Jackson Park Express) stops near 60th Street and Stony Island Avenue (about a ten minute walk from the Law School) before heading north along Hyde Park Boulevard and Lake Shore Drive to Michigan Avenue through downtown up to Wacker Drive. The No. 6 runs throughout the day seven days a week.

El: The Law School is not easily accessible via the El (i.e., the Chicago Transit Authority's elevated train service). The Green Line's Cottage Grove station (at 63rd Street and Cottage Grove Avenue) is the closest El stop and about a ten minute walk from the Law School. The trip from the Cottage Grove station to downtown takes approximately 35 minutes. More details about the Green Line are available on the CTA website.

More information on the various ways one can get to downtown from Hyde Park is available on the University website.