Travel by Car

Want to know where to park once you get to Midwest FurFest? Check out our Parking Information Page!

FROM SOUTH, EAST AND SOUTHEAST OF CHICAGO (VIA I-80, I-90, I-55, OR I-57)

We do not recommend driving through downtown Chicago during rush hour! This is typically from 6:00 AM - 9:30 AM and 2:30 PM - 7 PM Monday - Friday.

If you are driving during rush hour:

IF YOU HAVE AN I-PASS/EZ-PASS TRANSPONDER: Take I-294 (the Tri-State Tollway) north around Chicago. Take the exit for Balmoral Ave. (It will be immediately before the exit for I-90/O'Hare International Airport.) At the top of the ramp, turn right onto Balmoral Ave. At the second traffic light (a T-intersection), turn left onto River Road. Go under the Convention Center overhead walkway and turn right onto Bryn Mawr Ave. The Hyatt Regency O'Hare will be on your left.

IF YOU DO NOT HAVE AN I-PASS/EZ-PASS TRANSPONDER: Take I-294 (the Tri-State Tollway) north around Chicago. Take the exit for I-90/O'Hare International Airport. Bear to the right toward O'Hare Airport, then take the leftmost toll booth that you can. IMMEDIATELY after the toll booth, take the left exit to River Road. At the bottom of the exit ramp, turn right. Go 0.4 miles and turn left onto Bryn Mawr Ave. The Hyatt Regency O'Hare will be on your left.

If you are driving outside of rush hour:

Take I-90/I-94 through downtown Chicago. Stay on I-90 toward O'Hare International Airport. Take Exit 78, I-190/O'Hare Airport, then take Exit 1, River Road. At the bottom of the ramp, turn right and go 0.3 miles and then turn left onto Bryn Mawr Ave. The Hyatt Regency O'Hare will be on your left.

 

 

FROM NORTH OR WEST OF CHICAGO (VIA I-90)

Take I-90 East toward Chicago. Take the exit for O'Hare Airport/I-294 South. Bear to the right toward O'Hare Airport. After the toll booth, briefly merge onto I-190 West then take the second exit, for Mannheim Road South. Follow the exit ramp up, stay in the right lane, and immediately take the exit for I-190 East. Go 0.8 miles and take Exit 1B, River Road South. At the bottom of the ramp, stay in the left lane. Once you are on River Road, immediately get in the left lane and turn left onto Bryn Mawr Ave. The Hyatt Regency O'Hare will be on your left.

 

 

FROM NORTH OF CHICAGO (VIA I-94)

Take I-94 south into Illinois. From the Illinois/Wisconsin state line, go 25 miles and stay in the right lanes to I-294. Go 12 miles and take the exit for O'Hare International Airport. After the toll booth, briefly merge onto I-190 West then take the second exit, for Mannheim Road South. Follow the exit ramp up, stay in the right lane, and immediately take the exit for I-190 East. Go 0.8 miles and take Exit 1B, River Road South. At the bottom of the ramp, stay in the left lane. Once you are on River Road, immediately get in the left lane and turn left onto Bryn Mawr Ave. The Hyatt Regency O'Hare will be on your left.

 

 

FROM O'HARE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

If you are renting a car, turn left as you leave the rental car area onto Bessie Coleman Drive. Go 0.5 miles and take the exit for I-190 East/Chicago. Go 1 mile and take Exit 1B, River Road South. At the bottom of the ramp, stay in the left lane. Once you are on River Road, immediately get in the left lane and turn left onto Bryn Mawr Ave. The Hyatt Regency O'Hare will be on your left.

If you are picking up someone at O'Hare Airport and then driving to the hotel, proceed toward the airport exit from the terminal area. Go approximately 1.5 miles and take Exit 1B, River Road South. At the bottom of the ramp, stay in the left lane. Once you are on River Road, immediately get in the left lane and turn left onto Bryn Mawr Ave. The Hyatt Regency O'Hare will be on your left.

NOTES ABOUT TRAFFIC

  • Rush hours in Chicago are typically from 6:00 AM - 9:30 AM and 2:30 PM - 7 PM. This doesn't mean that traffic can't back up at other times, unfortunately. Traffic is heavy during these times and it is especially bad on Fridays. It helps to keep a close eye on traffic and know your routes.
  • Traffic reports are available every ten minutes (on the 8's) on WBBM-AM (780 AM) and continuously on Channel 151 on Sirius and Channel 217 on XMHere's a handy glossary to decipher just how far it is from The Circle to the Junction, and whether you have to worry if traffic is slow from Mannheim to the Post Office.
  • Tolls are a fact of life in the Chicago area. You will need cash! The tollway accepts IPASS and EZ-Pass, though.
  • Want to know where to park once you get to Midwest FurFest? Check out our Parking Information Page!
  • Questions? We can provide travel advice until Tuesday before the convention (at which point e-mail contact will be unreliable, if not nonexistent). Just drop us an e-mail.