Getting To The Festival

TRANSPORTATION

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION / CTA

To the Loop (Harris Theater / Chicago Cultural Center):
The closest stations include the Red Line Washington Street station and Lake Street station, the Brown/Green/Orange or Purple Line trains’ Randolph Street station. After exiting any of these stations, walk east on Randolph Street to the venues.

For additional directions including bus routes, call the CTA Travel Information Center at 312.836.7000 or visit transitchicago.com and complete a trip planner to find the quickest and most direct transit route using CTA buses and trains.   

To Constellation:
Constellation is located at 3111 N. Western Ave. on the East side of the street.
The closest bus stop is #49 to Western & Barry, or #49, #77, and #X49 to Belmont & Western/Clybourn stop.

To Rockefeller Chapel:
The closest bus stop is #170, #171, #172, #192 to 59th St & Kimbark stop, and #172 to Woodlawn & 58th St.

METRA

To the Loop (Harris Theater / Chicago Cultural Center):
If arriving downtown via Metra trains, taxi cabs and CTA buses are all immediately available.
From Union Station (Canal Street, between Adams and Jackson Boulevard) take CTA’s #151 bus directly to Millennium Park.
From Ogilvie Transportation Center (Madison and Canal Streets) take CTA’s #20 or #56 bus directly to Millennium Park.
From LaSalle Street Station (Congress and LaSalle Streets) take CTA’s #147 and #151 bus directly to Millennium Park.
Randolph Street Metra Station and South Shore Line Station exit directly on Michigan Avenue and Randolph, just one block from the Harris Theater and at the Northwest corner of Millennium Park.
For additional Metra station information and up to date train schedules please visit metrarail.com.   

To Rockefeller Chapel:
From 59th Street Metra Station, walk west on 59th Street (estimated travel time is 8 minutes).

DRIVING & PARKING

Taxi
Taking a taxi to Ear Taxi? We highly recommend using the Curb Chicago website or app to simplify your taxi hailing experience!

To the Loop (Harris Theater / Chicago Cultural Center):
The Millennium Park Garage, located at 5 S. Columbus Dr., offers direct indoor access to the Harris Theater lobbies. Millennium Park Garage is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Discounted parking validation for Millennium Park Garage is available at the Harris Theater Orchestra level box office for all ticket holders prior to curtain, during intermission, or following all performances. With validation, parking in Millennium Park Garage is $19 for up to six hours allowing you ample time to attend the performance and enjoy a meal at one of the local restaurants. For further details about parking validation, please contact the box office at 312.334.7777. Regular Box Office hours are 12-6, Monday through Friday and on days with performances through intermission.

Please note: parking validation is only available for Millennium Park Garage on Columbus Drive. Validation is not available for Grant Park North or Grant Park South on Michigan Ave.

For access to the Millennium Park Garage from the south or north on Lake Shore Drive, use the Randolph Street exit and turn west. Take a left onto Columbus Drive, move to the right lane and follow signs into Millennium Park Garage.

For access to the Millennium Park Garage from the south or north on Michigan Avenue, turn east onto Randolph Drive and move to the center lane. This lane becomes the down-ramp to middle Randolph. At the bottom of the ramp, turn right at the first stoplight onto Columbus Drive and follow signs into Millennium Park Garage.

Once inside the Millennium Park Garage, turn right and follow signs that direct you toward the Randolph Street Pedestrian Exit. Parking levels 2 and 3 North offer the most convenient access to the Harris Theater. Parking spaces reserved for those requiring special access are available near the Randolph Street Pedestrian Exit at level 2. Take the parking garage elevator to level 2.5 and enter directly into the Harris Theater Orchestra Lobby.

CHICAGO MARATHON ADVISORY: On October 8 and 9, we highly recommend leaving additional time to get around the city due to street closures and increased traffic. View the 2016 Chicago Marathon street closure map HERE. Call the Marathon Hotline: 312-904-9800 for up to the minute information about street closures.

To Constellation:
Street parking can be found on Clybourn Avenue and west of the viaduct on Fletcher, Barry, and Campbell streets.

CONSTRUCTION ADVISORY: Western Avenue is under construction beginning March 1, 2016. Please leave extra time to arrive at Constellation. The Western Ave bus will still be operating. There will only be one lane open going north (the curb lane) and only one lane open going south (the curb lane) on Western Ave. We recommend using Google Maps or another GPS service to find the most up-to-date traffic info. For any updates about the Western Avenue Corridor Improvement Project please refer to Alderman Scott Waguespack’s website.

To Rockefeller Chapel:
To find Rockefeller Chapel in your phone’s GPS, enter 5850 S. Woodlawn Avenue. The parking lot on University Avenue, immediately to the west of the chapel and open to chapel visitors for evening and weekend events, has reserved handicapped spaces, with a ramp leading to the west entrances of the chapel. There is also a ramp from the chapel’s circular driveway on Woodlawn Avenue, leading to the east entrances where visitors may be dropped off (there is no parking allowed in the chapel’s driveway).

Parking Apps such as SpotHero and ParkWhiz are useful for securing parking spots at a discounted rate in advance.

LODGING

HOTEL RECOMMENDATIONS IN the LOOP

Due to the Chicago Marathon on Sunday, October 9th, we encourage you to book your accommodations as soon as possible in order to secure a better rate. Here are a few of our recommendations ($160-350/night average, prices and availability are subject to change) in the Loop:

Loews Chicago Hotel: 455 N Park Dr, Chicago, IL 60611
Loewshotels.com

Virgin Hotels: 203 N Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60601
Virginhotels.com

DoubleTree by Hilton Chicago – Magnificent Mile: 300 E Ohio St, Chicago, IL 60611
Doubletreemagmile.com

Hilton Garden Inn Chicago/North Loop: 66 E Wacker Pl, Chicago, IL 60601
hiltongardeninn3.hilton.com

Chicago Kimpton Hotels - Allegro: 171 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601
Allegrochicago.com

Kimpton Gray Hotel: 122 W Monroe St, Chicago, IL 60603
Grayhotelchicago.com

Travelodge Hotel Chicago: 65 East Harrison, Chicago, IL 60605
Travelodge.com

Wyndham Grand Chicago Riverfront: 71 East Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60601
www.wyndhamgrandchicagoriverfront.com

Hyatt Regency Chicago: 151 East Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60601, USA
Chicagoregency.hyatt.com

Comfort Suites: 320 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, 60601
Choicehotels.com

AIR BNB OPTIONS
Airbnb is another great option for accommodations at a lower rate. The average rate is $150-250 per night.

DINING

On Wednesday, October 5 and Friday, October 7, two food trucks will be available at the Harris Theater Lower Randolph Drive level. Enjoy delightful bites from Bombay Wraps and The Fat Shallot, conveniently located steps away from Ear Taxi Festival events! Food is permitted in the Harris Theater lobby, and you are welcome to bring your food into the Meet the Artist panel discussions.

Feeling thirsty? Cash bars will be readily available at all Harris Theater events. Raise a glass with your fellow audience members!