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5 College Sophomore

Transportation: Chicago has one of the best public transit systems in the world!

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Campus is right next to a train station and numerous buses.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: You're in the there is lots of need to worry.

4 College Student

Transportation: The CTA is super convenient, but often times there will be a homeless man who smells strongly of diarrhea in one of the cars.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: The transportation is very convenient at the school and does not cost a lot. Going to one campus to another campus usually takes only about 15 minutes and is very affordable. The CTA's run frequently and the buses do as well. Sometimes it is hard to find a taxi at the Lincoln park campus, but other than that everything is very convenient.


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  • 8th
    Most Easily Accessible Town
  • 275th
    Best Campus Transit
  • 1381st
    Best Car Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kristian Gist
Cleveland, Ohio
Business Management and Hospitality Leadership
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Compared to many colleges, DePaul has one of the easiest campuses to get around—which is one reason that bringing a car to campus is unnecessary. Between Public Safety, the El trains, Metra, CTA buses, and cabs, getting around Chicago is pretty easy once you figure it out. Public transportation in Chicago is easily accessible, relatively cheap (especially for students who receive a U-Pass), and more environmentally friendly than a car. It is extremely easy to grab a cab on any of the main corners in Lincoln Park at any time of day or night.

The Amtrak and Metra trains are quick and well-maintained for students looking to get out of the city for a weekend, and Midway and O'Hare International airports are both accessible via the E" or flat-rate cabs. When it comes to transportation on and near campus after dark, Public Safety provides rides to and from all places, including off-campus spots like the El stations, Dominick’s, and Advocate Illinois Masonic emergency room (available 24/7).

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Bike
  • The El
  • Walk
  • CTA bus
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
The El can take you directly to your terminal at either Midway or O'Hare International airports.

Safety Escort ServicesWhat's This?

Lincoln Park Public Safety
Daily 24 hours
Loop Public Safety
Daily 24 hours

Public TransitWhat's This?

Chicago Transit Authority (CTA)

DePaul participates in the U-Pass program, which gives students unlimited rides on CTA buses and trains. A small fee is charged automatically to each student's tuition bill.

(312) 836-7000 (travel info)

(888) YOUR-CTA (customer service)

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

O'Hare International Airport

The airport is about 16 miles from the Lincoln Park campus.

10000 West O'Hare, Chicago

(773) 686-3700

Midway International Airport

The airport is about 18 miles from the Lincoln Park campus.

5700 S. Cicero Ave., Chicago

(773) 686-3700

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?

Chicago Greyhound Station

The station is approximately 5 miles from the Lincoln Park campus.

630 W. Harrison St., Chicago

(312) 408-5821

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?

Amtrak Union Station

Union Station is about 5 miles from the Lincoln Park campus.

225 S. Canal St., Chicago

(312) 655-2066

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 110 responses

  • 23% Nonexistent.
  • 0% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 5% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 15% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 57% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 110 responses

  • 3% You can't have a car here.
  • 61% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 36% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 0% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 0% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 109 responses

  • 0% Very difficult.
  • 1% Fairly difficult.
  • 35% Fairly easy.
  • 64% Very easy.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 109 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 109 responses

Very convenient
  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of long-distance transportation to travel between home and school    Based on 109 responses

Very convenient
  • Airport
  • Passenger bus
  • Passenger train
  • Ride sharing
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