Getting to Petrillo Bandshell

Chicago got its start as a transportation hub, and so the city has many options for those traveling to it.  The purpose of this section of our website is to give detailed directions about how to get to the opening rally at Petrillo Bandshell in Grant Park at 12 noon on May 20th, regardless of whether you are flying, taking the bus or the train – and then how you can get back to your bus, train or plane from the closing rally

If you are traveling to the city by car or van, we strongly recommend that you park at an unmetered spot in a neighborhood, then take Chicago’s subway (known locally as “the el”) the rest of the way to the opening rally. Parking downtown is notoriously expensive — $40+ for a day’s worth of parking is common, and most downtown garages do not accommodate large vans.  To get detailed directions on taking the el into the city center, known as “The Loop,” check out the Chicago Transit Authority website here.

The el lines are labeled by color.  To get to the Petrillo Brandshell via the el via the Brown, Green, Orange or Pink line trains, take them to the “Adams” stop and walk east to the Bandshell (see Map #1 below).   For the Red or Blue lines, take them to the “Jackson” stop and walk east to the Bandshell (see Map #2 below for the Blue line, the Red Line “Jackson” stop is just one block closer to the Bandshell along the same route indicated on Map #2).

If you absolutely must drive all the way to the opening rally, we recommend that you park at the Grant Park Garage, the entrance to which is on Columbus Drive 1-1/2 blocks north of Petrillo Bandshell (see map here.

More information on navigating Chicago’s el and bus lines – including on-line trip planning directions – can be found at here.

If you are taking the el to the opening rally…

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Directions to the Opening Rally to Airports, Bus and Train Terminals

From Midway Airport

The least expensive way to get to the downtown rally from Midway Airport is via Chicago’s subway, known locally as “the el.”  Except when there is no traffic on the highways, it is the fastest way downtown, and considerably cheaper than by taxi or car.  The “el” lines are color coded – the one line that goes to and from Midway is the “Orange Line,” which you can get on following a covered pathway from the terminal.

When you arrive at the airport, simply exit security and look for the signs that say “Trains to City.”

Just before the turnstiles at the station, there are machines where you can purchase fare cards. You can buy a 1-day pass, which costs $5.75 and will take care of all of your bus and subway train fares for 24 hours, or you can buy fare card and load it up with enough cash to take of your trip to/from the airport ($4.50). Three-day passes for unlimited bus and train rides are available for $14.

Take any train leaving the terminal and take it to the “Adams and Wabash” stop.  Upon arrival at the station, walk downstairs to the street level.  Walk south one block to Jackson, then east three blocks to the corner of Jackson Boulevard & Columbus Drive — Petrillo Bandshell is on the northeast corner of that intersection – follow the red arrows on Map #1 below.  Expected transit time from Midway Airport to Petrillo Bandshell is a little over an hour.

Map #1

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From O’Hare Airport

The least expensive and generally the fastest way to get to the downtown rally from O’Hare Airport is to take Chicago’s subway, known locally as “the el.”  The “el” lines are color coded – the one line that goes to and from O’Hare is the “Blue Line,” which you can get on without going outside of the main airport building

When you arrive at the airport, simply go to the lower baggage area level and look for signs that say “Trains to City.”  You will then take stairs, an escalator or an elevator down an additional level to long corridors which take you to the end of the el’s Blue Line.

Just before the turnstiles at the station, there are machines where you can purchase fare cards. You can buy a 1-day pass, which costs $5.75 and will take care of all of your bus and subway train fares for 24 hours, or you can buy fare card and load it up with enough cash to take of your trip to/from the airport ($4.50). Three-day passes for unlimited bus and train rides are available for $14.

After going through the turnstile, look for the signs indicating “Next Train Out” – you can take any train leaving the station.  Take the train to the “Jackson” stop and then walk upstairs to the street level.  Walk east (towards Lake Michigan) five blocks to Petrillo Bandshell, which is at the northeast corner of Jackson Boulevard and Columbus Drive – follow the red arrows on Map #2 below.

Expected transit time from O’Hare Airport to Petrillo Bandshell is a little over an hour.

Map #2

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From the Greyhound Bus Station

Please note that there is more than one Greyhound bus station in Chicago.  Make sure that you get off the bus at the downtown station at 630 W. Harrison Street (not the one at 95th Street).  Turn left (east) when you go out the main exit of the bus station and walk two blocks to Clinton Street.  At Clinton, turn left (north) and walk just over a block to Chicago’s subway, known locally as “the el.”

The el lines are color coded and the stops generally bear the names of the streets that they are on.  In this case, you will be entering the Blue Line el “Clinton” stop.  Follow the red arrows on Map #3 below

When you walk downstairs into the subway station, just before the turnstiles at the station, there are machines where you can purchase fare cards. You can buy a 1-day pass, which costs $5.75 and will take care of all of your bus and subway train fares for 24 hours. Three-day passes for unlimited bus and train rides are available for $14.

Take the Blue Line inbound towards the Loop to the “Jackson” stop.

Map #3

At the Jackson stop, walk upstairs to the street level.  Walk east (towards Lake Michigan) on Jackson five blocks to Petrillo Bandshell, which is at the northeast corner of Jackson Boulevard and Columbus Drive –follow the red arrows on Map #4 below.

Expected transit time from the Greyhound bus station to the Petrillo Bandshell is about 35 minutes.

Map #4

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From the Megabus Stop

The Megabus stop in Chicago is on Canal Street between Jackson Boulevard and Van Buren Street (roughly 351 S. Canal Street).  To get to the opening rally at the Petrillo Bandshell from there, walk a half block north to Jackson, turn right and walk ½ block east and look for a small blue-and-white sign that says in part, “126 Jackson,” and in smaller type, “Eastbound to Michigan/Congress.”  This is the bus stop for the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) bus that will take you most of the way to the Petrillo Bandshell.  You can ride the bus without a pass, but you will need exact change of $2.25 (dollar bills are accepted)..

Take the #126 Jackson CTA bus eastbound – follow the red arrows as shown on Map #5 below.

Map #5

As you are taking the #126 bus, there is a public address system on the bus that will announce each forthcoming bus stop.  You will want to get off of the bus at the “Wabash Avenue” stop, which is just after the “State Street” stop.

Once you get off of the bus at Wabash, you will want to continue walking in the direction that the bus had been traveling (eastbound, towards Lake Michigan) – follow the red arrows on Map #6 below.  Walk about three blocks into the park, as indicated on the map below, and you will be at the Petrillo Bandshell.  The bus transit time is only about 10 minutes, but given that the buses on the #126 route are spaced about 20 minutes apart on Sunday mornings, it would be wise to plan on spending a half hour to get from the Megabus Station to the Petrillo Bandshell.

Map #6

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From Union Station

Terminal for Amtrak trains and several “Metra” commuter trains – the North Central service, the Milwaukee District North, the Milwaukee District West, the BNSF Railway, the Heritage Corridor and the SouthWest Service.

To get from Union Station to the opening rally at the Petrillo Bandshell in Grant Park, exit the Station on the Canal Street side.  If you accidentally exit on the Adams Street side, simply turn left at the exit, and then left again at the next intersection (Adams & Canal), and you will end up at the Canal Street exit of the station.

From the Canal Street exit of Union Station, turn left (south) and walk one-half block to Jackson Boulevard.  At Jackson, cross the street, turn left, walk a half block and look for a small blue-and-white sign that says in part, “126 Jackson,” and in smaller type, “Eastbound to Michigan/Congress” – this is the bus stop for the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) bus that will take you most of the way to the Petrillo Bandshell.  You can ride the bus without a pass, but you will need exact change of $2.25 (dollar bills are accepted).

Follow the red arrows on Map #7 below for how to get to the opening rally via the #126 Jackson eastbound CTA bus.

Map#7

As you are taking the #126 bus, there is a public address system on the bus that will announce each forthcoming bus stop.  You will want to get off of the bus at the “Wabash Avenue” stop, which is just after the “State Street” stop.

Once you get off of the bus at Wabash and Jackson, you will want to continue walking in the direction that the bus had been traveling (eastbound, towards Lake Michigan) – follow the red arrows on Map #8 below.  Walk about three blocks into the park, as indicated on the map below, and you will be at the Petrillo Bandshell.  The bus transit time is only about 10 minutes, but given that the buses on the #126 route are spaced about 20 minutes apart on Sunday mornings, it would be wise to plan on spending a half hour to get from Union Station to the Petrillo Bandshell.

Map #8

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From the Ogilvie Transportation Center

Terminal for the Union Pacific North, Union Pacific West, and Union Pacific Northwest “Metra” commuter rail lines

To get from the Ogilvie Transportation Center at 500 W. Madison Street to the opening rally at Petrillo Bandshell in Grant Park, take a right going out of the main exit of the Transportation Center onto Madison Street and walk 1/2 block west to Clinton Street.  At Clinton, turn right again and walk three blocks north to Lake Street.  Follow the red arrows on Map #9 below

At Clinton and Lake Streets, you will see overhead the “Clinton” station for Chicago’s subway, known locally as “the el.”  The “el” lines are color coded – the two lines that go from this “Clinton” stop are the Green and the Pink lines (beware that there is another “Clinton” stop in the Chicago el system besides this one).  You will want to enter the “Clinton” station using an entrance which is on the south side of Lake Street, which is the side closest to you as you approach from the Ogilvie Transportation Center.   Make sure you are on the side of the tracks that take you “towards the Loop

When you go upstairs at the “Clinton” station, just before you go through the turnstiles at the station, there are machines where you can purchase fare cards. You can buy a 1-day pass, which costs $5.75 and will take care of all of your bus and subway train fares for 24 hours, or you can buy fare card and load it up with enough cash to take of your trip to/from the airport ($4.50). Three-day passes for unlimited bus and train rides are available for $14.

Map #9

Get off your Pink or Green line train at the “Adams and Wabash” stop.  Upon arrival at the station, walk downstairs to the street level.  Walk south one block to Jackson, then east three blocks to the corner of Jackson Boulevard & Columbus Drive — Petrillo Bandshell is on the northeast corner of that intersection (see map below).  Follow the red arrows on Map #10 below. Expected transit time from the Ogilvie Transportation Center to Petrillo Bandshell is a 35 minutes

Map #10

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From the Millennium Station

Terminal for the Metra Electric District and South Shore Metra commuter trains

To get to the opening rally at the Petrillo Bandshell in Grant Park from the Millennium Station, use any of the exits from the station, which will put your on or within a few yards of Michigan Avenue, the biggest street you will be near.  Follow the red arrows in Map #11 below and walk three blocks south to Monroe Street.  Turn left (east) at Monroe and walk one long block east into the park to Columbus Drive.  Walk into the park as shown on by the red arrows on the map on the next page.

Please note that the federal government has indicated that while the South Shore trains which pass underneath the NATO Summit at McCormick Place will still be running during the Summit, there will likely be some delays in service

Map #11

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From the LaSalle Street Station

Terminal for the Rock Island District Metra commuter trains

To get from the LaSalle Street Station, located at 414 S. LaSalle Street, to the opening rally at the Petrillo Bandshell in Grant Park, turn left as you exit the station and walk north on LaSalle Street a little over two blocks until you reach Jackson Boulevard.  Turn right at Jackson and walk approximately six blocks east into Grant Park and the Petrillo Bandshell.  Follow the red arrows on Map #12 below.

Expected transit time from the LaSalle Street Station to Petrillo Bandshell is approximately 20 minutes.

Map #12

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Directions from the Closing Rally to Airports, Bus and Train Terminals

Our closing event – led by Iraq Veterans Against the War – will be in the vicinity of Michigan Avenue and Cermak Road, on the western edge of the McCormick Place complex

The easiest way to get back to both airports and all bus and train terminals from this location is via the “Cermak/China Town” stop of the Red Line el.  The Cermak/China Town stop is 5-1/2 blocks west of the rally site – see the map of the southern end of the march route here.

The directions below are for getting you back to your airport, bus or train station once you get on the Red Line el at Cermak/China Town.

To Midway Airport

Take the Red Line el from the Cermak/China Town stop to the “Roosevelt” stop.  Once you get off the train at Roosevelt, on the other side of that same platform, board a southbound Orange Line train “from the Loop” to Midway Airport.  Midway is at the end of the line for this train.

To O’Hare Airport

Take the Red Line el from the Cermak/China Town stop to the “Jackson” stop. Once you get off the train at Jackson, go down the staircase in the center of the platform.  The tunnel will lead you to the Blue Line el “Jackson” stop.  Once you are at the Jackson Blue Line el stop, take any train going to O’Hare, which is the end of the line.

To the Greyhound Bus Station

Take the Red Line el from the Cermak/China Town stop to the “Jackson” stop. Once you get off the train at Jackson, go down the staircase in the center of the platform.  The tunnel will lead you to the Blue Line el “Jackson” stop.  Once you are at the Jackson Blue Line el stop, take any train going towards Forest Park.  Take the train two stops to the “Clinton” stop.  Exit the station, walk one block south to Harrison, turn right and walk one block west to the station at the station at 630 W. Harrison Street.  See the map under “Directions to the Opening Rally” for more information.

To the MegaBus Stop

Take the Red Line el from the Cermak/China Town stop to the “Jackson” stop. Once you get off the train at Jackson, go down the staircase in the center of the platform.  The tunnel will lead you to the Blue Line el “Jackson” stop.  Once you are at the Jackson Blue Line el stop, take any train going towards Forest Park.  Take the train two stops to the “Clinton” stop. Exit the station, walk one block north to Van Buren Street, turn right and walk one block east to Canal Street.  Turn left on Canal and walk a half block north to the stop. See the map under “Directions to the Opening Rally” for more information.

To Union Station

Take the Red Line el from the Cermak/China Town stop to the “Jackson” stop. Once you get off the train at Jackson, go down the staircase in the center of the platform.  The tunnel will lead you to the Blue Line el “Jackson” stop.  Once you are at the Jackson Blue Line el stop, take any train going towards Forest Park.  Take the train two stops to the “Clinton” stop. Exit the station, walk two blocks north to Jackson Street, turn right and walk one block east to Canal Street.  Turn left on Canal and walk ½ block north to Union Station (the entrance is on the right-hand side of the street). See the map under “Directions to the Opening Rally” for more information.

To the Ogilvie Transportation Center

Take the Red Line el from the Cermak/China Town stop to the “Roosevelt” stop. Once you get off the train at Roosevelt, take any Green Line train “towards the Loop.”  Get off the Green Line train at the “Clinton” stop.  Walk downstairs to the street level and walk three blocks south to Madison Street. Turn left on Madison and the main entrance to the Ogilvie Center will be on your left.  Follow the red arrows on Map #13 below.

Map #13

To the Millennium Station

Take the Red Line el from the Cermak/China Town stop to the “Lake” stop. Once you get off the train at Lake, walk upstairs to the street level.  The Lake Street station has exits both north and south of Randolph Street.  Walk east on Randolph Street to Michigan Avenue, where there are entrances to go downstairs to the station.  See Map #14 below for more information – follow the red arrows.

Map #14

To LaSalle Street Station

Take the Red Line el from the Cermak/China Town stop to the “Jackson” stop. Once you get off the train at Jackson, go down the staircase in the center of the platform.  The tunnel will lead you to the Blue Line el “Jackson” stop.  Once you are at the Jackson Blue Line el stop, take any train going towards Forest Park.  Take the train one stop to the “LaSalle” stop.  Walk upstairs to the LaSalle Street Station.

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