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Transportation Service from Chicago to Champaign Before the Start of the Event

Chicago Transportation Staging Points Transportation MeansChampaign Transportation Staging Point


Our transportation service from Chicago to Champaign will occur on the Friday before the event.

  • Click Here for the overall policies and procedures that will apply to all of our transportation services.

Chicago Transportation Staging Points

Main Transportation Staging Point
All participants must arrive at the Chicago parking garage at 7:00 am (unless you stay at the Chicago hotel).

The parking garage will be the main transportation staging point in Chicago before the start of the event. This location was chosen so participants who need to park their car in Chicago won't need to leave their car or baggage or bicycle unattended or carry their items very far and is within easy walking distance of all local and long distance public transportation options in Chicago. Please be aware that there are no bathrooms at or near the Chicago parking garage.

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Second Transportation Staging Point

Chicago Hotel
Staging Point

Northeast corner of
E. Harrison St. and
S. Wabash Ave.
Chicago, IL 60605
The supported hotel will be the second transportation staging point in Chicago before the start of the event. We will come over there immediately after we have completed loading at the main staging point.

The transportation service staging point for the Chicago hotel will be directly behind our supported hotel at the northeast corner of E. Harrison St. and S. Wabash Ave. There is a very wide marked off area on the street to load and unload bicycles and typically has little or no traffic or parked cars and avoids the hustle and bustle of the main hotel entrance on Michigan Ave.

Please do not check your bags and/or bicycle at the supported hotel in the morning. In the past we have had a very difficult time retrieving them from the supported hotel due to security concerns from the supported hotel because they, like you, want to be positive that no one takes your belongings who shouldn't. This is a situation that is best avoided since it can be quite difficult to convince the supported hotel that we actually should be taking your belongings!

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Arrival Via Local Public Transportation
If you are planning on arriving by taking a CTA L Train, bicycles are not allowed on CTA L trains weekdays from 7:00 to 9:00 am. If you are planning on arriving by taking a Metra train, fully assembled bicycles are not permitted on on weekday trains arriving in Chicago between 6:31 am and after 9:30 am.

  • Click Here for more information about CTA L trains.
  • Click Here for more information about Metra trains.

Transportation Means

People Transportation
Participants will travel aboard one of the train or bus schedules from Chicago to Champaign on the Friday before the event. Amtrak and Greyhound are the only long distance public transportation carriers serving both Chicago and Champaign and all Amtrak trains and Greyhound busses arrive at the Illinois Terminal in Champaign. By using Amtrak and Greyhound to transport people (instead of a private charter coach bus) we can accomodate the widest possible range of our participants' personal and work schedules.

  • Click Here for a list of all daily Amtrak train and Greyhound bus schedules between Chicago and Champaign.
  • Click Here for more information about long distance public transportation carriers.
  • Click Here for more information about Amtrak train service.
  • Click Here for more information about Greyhound bus service.

Registration for our transportation services does not include your individual train or bus ticket – you will need to purchase it on your own. We strongly recommend doing so NOW to avoid any potential availability issues.

The Amtrak train departs from Union Station and the Greyhound bus departs from the Greyhound Bus station. After your bicycle is loaded, you will need to go over there yourself.

  • Click Here for more information about the Chicago Amtrak train station.
  • Click Here for more information about the Chicago Greyhound Bus station.
  • Click Here for more information about in town transportation.

If you will be travelling on a train or bus that arrives in Champaign after 7:30 pm, you will not be able to attend our opening meeting on Friday evening. In this case you should still drop off your bicycle with us and we will leave your bicycle, baggage, and registration materials at the front desk of the supported hotel for you to pick up when you arrive there. You will also need to attend our opening meeting at the central rest stop location on Saturday morning at 8:00 am.

  • Click Here for more information about checking into the event and our opening meeting.

Bicycle Transportation
We will transport all bicycles ourselves. Our moving truck will depart promptly after we have loaded all bicycles in Chicago.

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  • Click Here for more information about our bicycle transportation.

Baggage Transportation
Participants will carry their baggage with them directly aboard all trains and busses.

Champaign Transportation Staging Point
Our transportation staging point in Champaign before the start of the event will be at the supported hotel and all bikes and baggage will be delivered there.

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All Amtrak trains and Greyhound busses arrive at the same station in Champaign. After you arrive in Champaign you will only need to walk 0.3 miles to the supported hotel from the Amtrak train station. You can actually see the sign for the hotel from the train station. Directions and a map will be provided.

  • Click Here for more information about the Champaign Amtrak train and Greyhound bus station.
  • Click Here to download the cue sheet and map for the walking route from the Amtrak train station to the supported hotel.

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