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Parking Garage and Transportation Staging Point Before the Start of the Event

Block Y Garage
LAZ Parking
1301 W. Madison St.
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 577-7985 (general information)
Hours: 5:00 am - 2:00 am
2.4 miles from the supported hotel

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  • Click Here for all supported facilities, services, and in town cycling routes for the Chicago parking garage overlaid on satellite imagery.
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Online Reservations
If you are planning on parking your car in Chicago long term you should Click Here to purchase your parking reservation online before you arrive. You will be able to enter your specific dates and times and pay online. After you pay you will receive a barcode which you will scan as a one-time entry and one time exit pass at the facility kiosks.

Posted Rates
The posted daily cost for parking in Chicago is $20.00 per weekday and $10.00 per weekend day. Weekend rates are in effect beginning at 4:00 pm Friday and all day Saturday and Sunday. This is about $15.00 per day less expensive than any other lot in the downtown area. Reservations are not necessary.

Unfortunately the parking ticket machine only issues tickets for the current day one at a time and does not issue tickets for multiple days or future dates. If you want to pay directly at the parking garage itself you will need to purchase enough single day tickets that total to the correct amount due for the total amount of time you will leave your car parked for the entire event in advance, even though the dates and possibly the amounts on the tickets will be incorrect. For example if the total amount due should be $160 and the machine only issues $10 tickets, you will need to purchase 16 $10 tickets. You must also leave all the tickets clearly displayed on your dashboard with our parking sign so the garage staff knows you have paid and your vehicle is associated with Bicycle Illinois.

We strongly recommend purchasing your parking reservation online before you arrive as shown above to avoid the hassle and amount of time it takes to do this. In addition, if a lot of participants need to purchase individual single day tickets directly at the parking garage it can take a LOT of time and significantly delay our timely departure from Chicago.

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  • Click Here to inform us of your parking plans.
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The CTA #20 Madison bus route travels directly in front of the Chicago parking garage.

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Please be aware that there are no bathrooms at or near the Chicago parking garage.


Amtrak Train Station and Transportation Staging Point After the End of the Event

Union Station
225 S. Canal St.
Chicago, IL 60606
(800) USA-RAIL (872-7245)
Hours: 5:30 am to midnight CDT
2.0 miles from the parking garage
1.3 miles from the supported hotel

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Supported Hotel

Congress Plaza Hotel
520 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 427-3800
Check in time is at 3:00 pm.
Check out time is at noon.
2.4 miles from the parking garage

Our supported hotel in Chicago is in the heart of downtown Chicago and was chosen based on both its nightly rates and also its walking and biking distance between all local and long distance public transportation options in Chicago. Millennium Park is only five blocks away and there are lots of attractions nearby. Visit one of Lake Michigan’s beaches, browse the upscale shops and boutiques on the Magnificent Mile, or discover the iconic architecture and contemporary art of Millennium Park. Enjoy shopping, dining, museums, entertainment and seasonal events at Navy Pier or take in a show at the nearby theater district. Staying there can also be perfect way to allow your tired and sore muscles to rest and recover from a challenging cycling event and perfect if you would like to extend your event as part of a weekend getaway in the city!

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The hotel does not have a swimming pool, whirlpool, or laundry machines available.

Rates and Reservations
You will need to contact the hotel on your own for best the room rates and to make and pay for your individual reservations. We strongly recommend making your reservation as soon as possible to avoid any availability issues from other participants or anyone else, secure the lowest rate, and assure yourself a room!

Breakfast
A continental style breakfast is not included with reservations.

Restaurants

At the Supported Hotel
Gazebo Restaurant
Hours: 6:30 am - 11:00 am

Rafael’s Restaurant
Hours: 12:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Other Local Restaurants

Arriving and Departing
Several different CTA bus routes travel ether directly in front of or within a block of the hotel.

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The hotel does not offer any type of transportation service between downtown Chicago and O'Hare or Midway airports.

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Chicago Hotel Transportation Staging Point
Northeast corner of E. Harrison St. and
S. Wabash Ave.
Chicago, IL 60605

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.


CTA L Train Stations

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Train Line
Arrival/Departure Location
Parking Garage
Supported
Hotel
Green
Morgan
Adams & Wabash
Pink
Morgan
Adams & Wabash
Orange
Transfer to or from the Pink
Line
at Washington & Wells
Adams & Wabash
Brown
Transfer to or from the Pink
Line
at Washington & Wells
Adams & Wabash
Purple
Transfer to or from the Green
Line
or Pink Line at Clark & Lake
Adams & Wabash
Blue
UIC/Halsted
Jackson
Red
Transfer to or from the Green
Line
or Pink Line at State & Lake
Harrison

Morgan Station
958 W. Lake St.
Chicago, IL 60607
0.7 miles from the parking garage

The Morgan Station serves Green and Pink line trains.

This station serves the parking garage.

   

UIC/Halsted Station
430 S. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60607
1.0 miles from the parking garage

The UIC/Halsted Station serves Blue line trains.

This station serves the parking garage.

   

Adams & Wabash Station
201 S. Wabash Ave.
Chicago, IL 60603
0.5 miles from the supported hotel

The Adams & Wabash Station serves Green, Orange, Brown, Purple, and Pink line trains.

This station serves the supported hotel.

   

Jackson Station
328 S. Dearborn St.
Chicago, IL 60604
0.5 miles from the supported hotel

The Jackson Station serves Blue line trains.

This station serves the supported hotel.

   

Harrison Station
608 S. State St.
Chicago, IL 60605
0.2 miles from the supported hotel

The Harrison Station serves Red line trains.

This station serves the supported hotel.


Metra Train Stations

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Union Station
225 S. Canal St.
Chicago, IL 60606
2.0 miles from the parking garage
1.3 miles from the supported hotel

   
Ogilvie Transportation Center
500 W. Madison St.
Chicago, IL 60661
2.1 miles from the parking garage
1.4 miles from the supported hotel
   
Van Buren Station
132 E. Van Buren St.
Chicago, IL 60605
2.5 miles from the parking garage
0.1 miles from the supported hotel
   
LaSalle Station
414 S. LaSalle St.
Chicago, IL 60605
2.0 miles from the parking garage
0.6 miles from the supported hotel

Local Bus Service

Chicago Transit Authority
(888) YOUR-CTA (968-7282)

Every bus is equipped with a bicycle rack that holds two fully assembled bicycles. Bicycles are allowed at all times.

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Taxicabs

Taxicabs regularly pass by all supported facilities and service locations in Chicago and specific contact information is not necessary.


Greyhound Bus Station

Greyhound Bus Station
630 W. Harrison St.
Chicago, IL 60607
(800) 231-2222 fare and schedule information
(312) 408-5821
Hours: Open 24 hours
1.4 miles from the parking garage
1.0 miles from the supported hotel

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MegaBus Stop

MegaBus
518 W. Polk St.
Chicago, IL 60607
(877) 462-6342
1.7 miles from the parking garage
1.1 miles from the supported hotel

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All MegaBus reservations must be made online. Tickets are not sold at this location.


Grocery Stores

Target
1101 W. Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 279-3340
Hours: 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
0.6 miles from the parking garage

This grocery store serves the parking garage.


Target
1154 S. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 212-6300
Hours: 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
0.9 miles from the supported hotel

This grocery store serves the supported hotel.


Hospital

Rush University Medical Center
1650 W. Harrison St.
Chicago, IL 60612
(312) 942-5000
2.3 miles from the supported hotel

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