We are at the corner of Michigan Ave. and Van Buren, 410 S. Michigan Ave., Suite 433, Chicago, IL 60605.

Driving From Indiana

Take I-90 (Indiana Toll Road) to I-90/94 (Chicago Skyway) to Congress East. Pass Michigan Avenue and make the first left (this loops you around to Van Buren). Drive 2 blocks west on Van Buren. There are numerous parking lots at the corner of Van Buren and Wabash.

Driving From South Suburbs

Take I-90/94 (Dan Ryan Expressway) to Congress East. Pass Michigan Avenue and make the first left (this loops you around to Van Buren). Drive 2 blocks west on Van Buren. There are numerous parking lots at the corner of Van Buren and Wabash.

Driving From Wisconsin and North Suburbs

Take I-90/94 (Edens to Kennedy) to Jackson. Drive East on Jackson and turn right on Wabash. There are numerous parking lots at the corner of Van Buren and Wabash.

Driving From O’Hare Airport and Northwest Suburbs

Take I-90 (Kennedy) to Jackson. Drive East on Jackson and turn right on Wabash. There are numerous parking lots at the corner of Van Buren and Wabash.

Driving From West Suburbs

Take I-290 (Eisenhower Expressway) east and I-290 turns into Congress Parkway once you exit. Drive across Michigan Ave to Congress Plaza–the first light east of Michigan Avenue. Make the first left onto Van Buren. There are numerous parking lots at the corner of Van Buren and Wabash.

Driving From Southwest Suburbs

Take I-55 (Stevenson Expressway) (55) to Lake Shore Drive.  Drive north and exit Jackson Blvd. Drive East on Jackson and turn right on Wabash. There are numerous parking lots at the corner of Van Buren and Wabash.

Parking

There are multiple street parking lots at the corner of Van Buren and Wabash. Located in The Fine Arts Building at 410 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60605.

Many students have good experiences with Spot Hero to find discounted parking spots. There are also a very limited number of street parking spots.

Ascend is accessible from the Van Buren and Millennium Metra Stations. We are a 20 minute walk from Union Station.

Bus from Union Station

Exit Union Station at Jackson, cross street and the bus stop is under the large Chase sign.

Take CTA Bus 1,  7, 28, 126 or 132 (Congress Plaza)Departs from Jackson & Clinton
Arrives at Michigan & Van Buren/Congress
Fares: $2.25 (Exact change or Ventra Card)
Distance: 0.9 Miles

We are the first stop after the bus turns onto Michigan Avenue

See RTA Trip Planner

Taking the El

We are one block east of the Chicago Loop and the Brown, Green, Orange, Pink, and Purple lines at Adams/Wabash, one block west of Ascend. The Red and Blue lines stop underground at Monroe.

Divvy Bike Program

Chicago has a bike-sharing system called Divvy. There are thousands of bike stations around the city. You can rent a bike at one station, and easily return it to another. divvybikes.com.

Main Entrance

About our Building

Our downtown Chicago facility is in one of the most historic buildings in the country, on a stunning 4th floor courtyard. Our 10 story building was built in 1884 by Solon Spencer Beman for the Studebaker company. It is home to dozens of businesses associated with the arts such as fine and graphic artists, violinists, opera singers, and dance companies.

The historic Fine Arts Building was the home to Frank Lloyd Wright offices. The Wizard of Oz was illustrated here. Our space at Suite 433 was the historic Piccadilly Club, which featured themed dining rooms. Ours was the Men’s Grill, then later The Grill Room. Notable artists, musicians, and creatives spent time here.

Hallway map

We are located at 410 S Michigan Avenue Suite 433, between Congress and Van Buren, across from Grant Park in the Chicago Landmark Historic Michigan Boulevard District.

From O’Hare Airport

O’Hare is 17 miles northwest of downtown.  Upon arrival at Terminals 1, 2, or 3, follow signs for CTA, Rapid Trains, or Trains to City.  The O’Hare CTAStation is on the lower concourse, where you will board The Blue Line, which operates 24 hours a day. The cost is approximately $5 and takes 45 minutes to get to the Loop.

You can buy tickets (Transit Cards) can be purchased at the vending machines at the station.

Exit Jackson, then walk east on Jackson towards the lake. Turn right onto S. Michigan Ave toward E Van Buren St. The Fine Arts Building is on the right.

From Midway Airport

Midway is southwest of the Loop. Follow the signs to the CTA Orange Line on the lower level. There is an enclosed walkway through a parking garage, but just  follow the orange line painted on the ground.

Exit the Harold Washington Library. Walk east on W Van Buren St toward S State St
then turn right onto S Michigan Ave.

Hotels Nearby

Silversmith Hotel

Silversmith Hotel: 10 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60603

congress-hotel

520 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL

(Note: While it is cost-effective, this hotel is not recommended by Ascend Training)CAUTION

Map of the El System

Map of Chicago