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Columbia College Chicago
Getting Here
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Getting Here

Located in Chicago's South Loop, Columbia College comprises 14 buildings. The Admissions office is located at 600 South Michigan Avenue. Our gallery and performance spaces are distributed around the campus - so if you're coming for an event be sure to check the listing on Columbia Events for an address and then our campus map. We also post building hours.

On Chicago's grid, Columbia generally located around "200 east and 600 south" (which is the way Chicagoans talk). That makes the campus easily accessible by the Dan Ryan (90); Lake Shore Drive; and the CTA's Red, Green, and Orange lines - as well as several bus routes.

By Bicycle
By Car
By Metra/Amtrak
By CTA Rapid Transit
By Plane


By Bicycle

The campus is very accessible by bicycle. The Lakefront Trail to the Museum Campus interchange, then to Michigan Avenue and 11th Street provides a mostly automotive traffic-free path to campus. Wabash Avenue is marked with bike lanes from Harrison south to Cermak. Dearborn Street has north- and south-bound bike lanes from Kinzie to Polk. Chicago's bike sharing program is called Divvy, and it has several automated bicycle rental stations positioned around campus.


By Car

From I-55 (Stevenson): Proceed to the end of the expressway and take Lake Shore Drive north to Balbo Street. Take Balbo to Wabash; turn right to Harrison.
From I-57 to I-94 (Dan Ryan) or I-90/94 (Kennedy/Edens): Exit on Congress Parkway. Drive east to Wabash; turn right to Harrison Street.
From I-290 (Eisenhower): Follow signs for Congress Parkway. Drive east to Wabash; turn right to Harrison Street.
Parking: Parking is available on Wabash between Harrison and Balbo and on the corner of Wabash and Harrison. Walk east on Harrison to Columbia College Chicago. Get your ticket stamped at any of our security guard stations for a discount rate.


By Amtrak/Metra

Northwest Station & Union Station: Take the Indiana/Hyde Park #1 bus from Adams and Canal Street south to Michigan and Harrison.
LaSalle Station: Walk five blocks east on Harrison to Michigan Avenue.
Randolph Station: Take the #3 bus from Randolph and Michigan south to Harrison. 


Most campus buildings are readily walkable from the Harrison or Roosevelt Red Line "EL" stops, or the Library Brown Line "EL" stop. Buses run up and down Michigan Avenue and State Street.


By Plane

Midway Airport: Orange Line "EL" to Library/Van Buren stop. Walk east to Michigan Avenue. Take right to Harrison.
O'Hare Airport: Blue Line "EL" to LaSalle stop. Walk east on Congress to Michigan Avenue. Take right to Harrison.