At this time, International House is closed to visitors. As the COVID-19 pandemic persists, visitors to University of Chicago facilities, campuses, and centers in Hyde Park, greater Chicago, nationally and internationally are restricted to those explicitly invited and hosted by a faculty or staff member, division or unit, or authorized affiliate of UChicago. Visitors must also sign an attestation acknowledging and accepting the potential risks posed to them by COVID-19 before entering inside University facilities.
Getting to International House is easy thanks to its exceptional location. International House is fifteen minutes from the downtown Chicago Loop via Lake Shore Drive. International House is served by the Metra train line and express bus service to downtown. Shuttles and limousines to O'Hare and Midway airports make regular stops at the door.
Nearby attractions include the Museum of Science and Industry, the Frank Lloyd Wright Robie House, Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, the Oriental Institute, the Smart Museum of Art, the Court Theatre, the spectacular lake front and its bike and jogging path, and a wintertime outdoor skating rink.
Take Lake Shore Drive to the 57th Street exit (Museum of Science and Industry). Drive four blocks west to Stony Island Avenue, then south to 59th Street, then two blocks west. There is ample free street parking available along the Midway, and on Blackstone and Dorchester Avenues. Get Driving Directions Here.
By Commuter Train
Take the Metra Train from Randolph or Van Buren Street and Michigan Avenue to 59th Street, then walk one block west. View Metra Schedules Here.
By CTA Bus
Take the Stony Island Express #28, the Hyde Park Express #2, or the Jackson Park Express #6 from downtown State Street to 59th Street, then walk two blocks west. If traveling from south of International House, take the #15 Jeffrey Local bus from as far as 103/Stoney Island to 59th street, then walk two blocks west. *The #28 and #2 are available from downtown during rush hours only. View CTA Schedules Here.
By UGO Shuttles
UGO Daytime Shuttles: Friend Center and Metra Route & Midway Metra Shuttle, 53rd Street Express (stops in front of Press Building across the Midway)
UGO NightRide Shuttles: South Route, Central Route, and South Loop Shuttle (Friday and Saturday only)
For more information, consult the University of Chicago Department of Safety and Security website.