As this conference is geared to emphasizing sustainability in action, mass transit is highly recommended. Both O’Hare and Midway airports not only offer various rental car agencies but are additionally connected to Chicago’s “L” train system. For maps and route charts, please refer to http://www.transitchicago.com. The Blue Line connects O’Hare to downtown Chicago. The Clark/Lake stop is within walking distance to the South Shore train to Indiana. From Midway Airport, take the Orange Line to the State/Lake stop. From each downtown “Loop” stop, walk approximately 2-3 blocks East to Michigan Avenue and then 1 block South to Randolph Street (across the street from Millennium Park). At the SW corner of the intersection of Michigan and Randolph, take the South Shore train to the Dune Park stop in Chesterton, approximately 14 miles North of Valparaiso. The South Shore train schedule is found at: http://www.nictd.com.
The City of Valparaiso maintains its own mass transit bus system: the “V” line. Many of its stops are coordinated with South Shore train arrivals. Valpo Line routes and schedules can be accessed at http://www.ci.valparaiso.in.us/v-line. There is also a new direct bus line from Millennium Park in Chicago to downtown Valparaiso, blocks from campus (see http://www.chicagodash.com/schedule/schedule.htm for further details).
Maps of the City of Valparaiso, Valparaiso University campus, and on-campus parking are shown at http://www.valpo.edu/maps.
Amtrak and Metra trains additionally provide access to downtown Chicago, arriving at both Union and South Shore Stations.
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