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Directions

Ground Transit Options and Driving Directions

Listed below are several options for reaching The Villa Toscana Chicago using a rental car, public transit (train/subway), taxi, walking, or a combination of options. As you approach the inn, note that it is situated across the street from Elixir Bar and next door to Fajita Factory, which has a brightly painted mural on its front. The inn is set back from the street 80 feet and the front gate is always locked. Simply reach over the gate and turn the unlock knob (similar to the type on the back of your bedroom or bathroom door). Please relock the gate as you come/go during your stay.

THE FOLLOWING OPTIONS ARE FOR TRANSIT FROM CHICAGO O’HARE AIRPORT

(See further below for transit options from Chicago Midway Airport and by train, bus, or driving)

TAXI/SHUTTLE OPTIONS from Chicago O’Hare International Airport

  • Taxis are located at the taxi stands for each terminal. The fare from O’Hare to The Villa Toscana Chicago using a taxi depends on weather/traffic conditions, usually around $40.
  • Driving time will vary from 40-60 minutes, depending on time of day and traffic/weather conditions.
  • There is a shared shuttle van option. Go to the website of Go Shuttle, at http://www.airportexpress.com/ and select from the options available. Be aware that this service often makes stops at downtown, Loop, and River North hotels before reaching Lakeview where the inn is located (sometimes as long as a two-hour ride.) Round trip fare from O’Hare/Midway to The Villa Toscana Chicago using the Go Shuttle is currently $115. Cheaper options appear below!

TAKING THE TRAIN from Chicago O’Hare International Airport

  • Walk through the terminal and follow the CTA signs.
  • There are several transit ticket options in the train boarding area using the Ventra Card system. You can learn about Ventra Cards at https://www.ventrachicago.com/
  • A single segment (i.e., Airport to the inn) is $2.75.
  • Take the Blue line train (“Forest Park” southbound) toward downtown Chicago.
  • Transfer to the Red line train (“Howard” northbound) at Jackson Station, in the Loop.
  • Exit the train at the Addison Station. Walk east three blocks along Addison Street to N Halsted Street.
  • Walk right (southbound) on Halsted Street and continue to the intersection of Halsted Street and Cornelia Street. Hydrate Nightclub is on the right. The Villa Toscana Chicago is 25 feet beyond this intersection on Halsted Street, on the left, set back from the street.
  • This option will take 60-90 minutes, depending on time of day and weather conditions.

SHORTCUT TRAIN/BUS from Chicago O’Hare International Airport

  • Walk through the terminal and follow the CTA signs.
  • There are several transit ticket options in the train boarding area using the Ventra Card system. You can learn about Ventra Cards at https://www.ventrachicago.com/
  • A single segment (i.e., Airport to the inn) is $2.75.
  • Take the Blue line train (“Forest Park” southbound) toward downtown Chicago.
  • Exit at the Addison Street station. Escalator up to street level, cross the street, and board the eastbound #152 Addison bus.
  • Exit at N Halsted Street and walk right (southbound) on Halsted Street and continue to the intersection of Halsted Street and Cornelia Street. Hydrate Nightclub is on the right. The Villa Toscana Chicago is 25 feet beyond this intersection on Halsted Street, on the left, set back from the street.
  • This option will take 40-60 minutes, depending on time of day and traffic/weather conditions. Be aware that the #152 bus does not operate overnight. Go to http://www.transitchicago.com/bus/152/ for schedule information.

UBER from Chicago O’Hare International Airport

  • It is best to make such arrangements prior to your arrival at the airport. Rates will vary depending on traffic, time of day, events in certain parts of the city, demand, etc.

(See further below for transit options from Chicago Midway Airport and by train, bus, or driving)

THE FOLLOWING OPTIONS ARE FOR TRANSIT FROM CHICAGO MIDWAY AIRPORT

TAXI/SHUTTLE OPTIONS from Chicago Midway Airport

  • Taxis are located at the taxi stands for each terminal. The fare from Midway to The Villa Toscana Chicago using a taxi depends on weather/traffic conditions, usually around $40.
  • Driving time will vary from 40-60 minutes, depending on time of day and traffic/weather conditions.
  • There is a shared shuttle van option. Go to the website of Go Shuttle, at http://www.airportexpress.com/ and select from the options available. Be aware that this service often makes stops at downtown, Loop, and River North hotels before reaching Lakeview where the inn is located (sometimes as long as a two-hour ride.) Round trip fare from O’Hare/Midway to The Villa Toscana Chicago using the Go Shuttle is currently $115. Cheaper options appear below!

TAKING THE TRAIN from Chicago Midway Airport

  • Walk through the terminal, beyond baggage claim, and follow the CTA signs.
  • There are several transit ticket options in the train boarding area using the Ventra Card system. You can learn about Ventra Cards at https://www.ventrachicago.com/
  • A single segment (i.e., Airport to the inn) is $2.75.
  • Take the Orange line train inbound toward downtown Chicago.
  • Transfer to the Red line train (“Howard” northbound) at the Roosevelt Station.
  • Exit the train at the Addison Station. Walk east three blocks along Addison Street to N Halsted Street.
  • Walk right (southbound) on Halsted Street and continue to the intersection of Halsted Street and Cornelia Street. Hydrate Nightclub is on the right. The Villa Toscana Chicago is 25 feet beyond this intersection on Halsted Street, on the left, set back from the street.
  • This option will take 50-60 minutes, depending on time of day and weather conditions.

SHORTCUT TRAIN/BUS from Chicago Midway Airport

  • Walk through the terminal, beyond baggage claim, and follow the CTA signs.
  • There are several transit ticket options in the train boarding area using the Ventra Card system. You can learn about Ventra Cards at https://www.ventrachicago.com/
  • A single segment (i.e., Airport to the inn) is $2.75.
  • Take the Orange line train inbound toward downtown Chicago.
  • Exit at the Halsted station. Escalator down to street level, and board the northbound #8 Halsted bus.
  • This bus makes at least 20 stops but is actually pretty direct and will deposit you right at the inn. Exit at Cornelia and walk back south on Halsted Street about 50 feet, and you will be at the inn, set back from the street on your left.
  • This option will take 35-60 minutes, depending on time of day and traffic/weather conditions. Be aware that the #8 bus does not operate between 1:00-4:00 AM. Go to http://www.transitchicago.com/bus/152/ for schedule information.

UBER from Chicago Midway Airport

  • It is best to make such arrangements prior to your arrival at the airport. Rates will vary depending on traffic, time of day, events in certain parts of the city, demand, etc.

(See further below for driving directions from all points to the inn, and for directions using Amtrak, Metra regional trains, MegaBus, Greyhound Bus, South Shore Line trains)

THE FOLLOWING OPTIONS ARE FOR DRIVING YOUR VEHICLE TO THE INN

DRIVING from Chicago O’Hare International Airport and cities to the north and northwest including Minneapolis, Madison, and Milwaukee

  • Follow posted directional signs out of the airport onto Interstate 90/Kennedy Expressway (southbound) toward downtown Chicago. Minneapolis drivers will approach the city on I-90. Milwaukee drivers will approach the city on I-94. The two highways merge just before entering the city.
  • Continue on I-90 to Exit 45B, Addison Street.
  • Turn left (eastbound) on Addison Street. Drive 4 miles, passing Wrigley Field, to N Halsted Street.
  • At N Halsted Street, turn right (southbound) on Halsted Street and continue to the first stop sign. This is Cornelia Street. The Villa Toscana Chicago is just beyond this intersection on Halsted Street, on the left, set back from the street.
  • To park in front of the inn, if space is available, continue down N Halsted to the 7-11 store, turn around in the parking lot and proceed back north on N Halsted to the inn.
  • Metered parking is available along Halsted Street. Park, pay the parking kiosk for 15-20 minutes, come to check-in (bring your luggage), and we will issue a free parking permit for residential side street parking off of N Halsted (process explained fully at check-in).

DRIVING from Chicago Midway Airport and cities to the south and southwest including St Louis and Kansas City

  • Follow posted directional signs out of the airport onto Cicero Avenue (northbound) toward downtown Chicago. Continue on Cicero Avenue (northbound) to I-55. St Louis drivers will approach the city on I-55. Champaign drivers will approach on I-57.
  • Follow signs onto Lake Shore Drive (US 41) northbound – sharp curve to the left.
  • Follow Lake Shore Drive (US 41) northbound to the Belmont Street exit.
  • Exit onto Belmont and continue westbound to the third traffic signal, which is N Halsted Street.
  • Turn right (northbound) on N Halsted Street and continue to the intersection of Halsted Street and Roscoe Street. There is a 7-11 convenience store on the right. The Villa Toscana Chicago is just beyond this intersection on Halsted Street, on the right, set back from the street.
  • Metered parking is available along Halsted Street. Park, pay the parking kiosk for 15-20 minutes, come to check-in (bring your luggage), and we will issue a free parking permit for residential side street parking off of N Halsted (process explained fully at check-in).

DRIVING from cities to the east, northeast, and southeast including Grand Rapids, Saugatuck, Detroit, Indianapolis, Columbus, Cincinnati, Toledo, Toronto, Atlanta, New Orleans and Tampa

  • I-65 approaches from the south, I-80 and I-90/I-94 from the east
  • Continue onto the Chicago Skyway (I-90)
  • Turn right (eastbound) onto I-55, continuing to the end of I-55.
  • Follow signs onto Lake Shore Drive (US 41) northbound – sharp curve to the left.
  • Follow Lake Shore Drive (US 41) northbound to the Belmont Street exit.
  • Exit onto Belmont and continue westbound to the third traffic signal, which is N Halsted Street.
  • Turn right (northbound) on N Halsted Street and continue to the intersection of Halsted Street and Roscoe Street. There is a 7-11 convenience store on the right. The Villa Toscana Chicago is just beyond this intersection on Halsted Street, on the right, set back from the street.
  • Metered parking is available along Halsted Street. Park, pay the parking kiosk for 15-20 minutes, come to check-in (bring your luggage), and we will issue a free parking permit for residential side street parking off of N Halsted (process explained fully at check-in).

(See further below for directions for guests arriving by Amtrak, Metra regional trains, Greyhound Bus, or the South Shore Metra train, and parking information for guests driving their own or rental vehicles to the inn)

TAKING THE BUS from Union Station or Ogilvie Transport Center (Amtrak and regional trains, and MegaBus)

  • Walk through the terminal, exit onto West Jackson Boulevard or West Randolph Street.
  • Walk westbound on Jackson or Randolph for 0.3 mile to N Halsted Street.
  • Board the #8 northbound Halsted bus. You must have the exact fare or a Ventra Card. You can learn about Ventra Cards at https://www.ventrachicago.com/
  • Stay on the #8 bus to the Halsted/Cornelia stop. (The stops just before this, in order, will be Belmont, Aldine, and then Roscoe. Listen for the announcement or watch the red LED sign at the front of the bus.)
  • Get off at Cornelia and walk back south along Halsted 25 feet to The Villa Toscana, on the left, set back from the street.
  • NOTE: If you have more than a single carry-on bag, taking this bus option can be cumbersome, depending on how crowded the bus may be. Taking a taxi might be a more workable option. The fare would likely run $15-20, depending on traffic and weather conditions.

ARRIVING BY GREYHOUND BUS

  • Walk through the terminal, exit onto West Harrison Street.
  • Walk westbound under the I-94/I-290 bridge 0.2 mile to N Halsted Street.
  • Board the #8 northbound Halsted bus. You must have the exact fare or a Ventra Card. You can learn about Ventra Cards at https://www.ventrachicago.com/
  • Stay on the #8 bus to the Halsted/Cornelia stop. (The stops just before this, in order, will be Belmont, Aldine, and then Roscoe. Listen for the announcement or watch the red LED sign at the front of the bus.)
  • Get off at Cornelia and walk back south along Halsted 25 feet to The Villa Toscana, on the left, set back from the street.
  • NOTE: If you have more than a single carry-on bag, taking this bus option can be cumbersome, depending on how crowded the bus may be. Taking a taxi might be a more workable option. The fare would likely run $15-20, depending on traffic and weather conditions.

ARRIVING ON THE SOUTH SHORE LINE METRA TRAIN

  • Get off the train at the last station, Millennium Park.
  • Walk through the station and come out of underground at Michigan Avenue.
  • Walk north or south to Monroe Street.
  • Walk west past the Brown line train and the Palmer House Hilton to State Street.
  • Turn right or left, go underground and board the Red line train northbound, marked Howard.
  • Exit the train at the Addison Station. Walk east three blocks along Addison Street to N Halsted Street.
  • Walk right (southbound) on Halsted Street and continue to the intersection of Halsted Street and Cornelia Street. Hydrate Nightclub is on the right. The Villa Toscana Chicago is 25 feet beyond this intersection on Halsted Street, on the left, set back from the street.
  • This option will take 40-50 minutes, depending on time of day and weather conditions.

The CTA (Chicago Transit Authority) has several iPhone and Android apps available and also has an interactive map online at www.transitchicago.com

 

For guests driving their own or rental vehicles,

Boystown neighborhood parking information appears below:

Please be aware that parking in the Lakeview/Boystown neighborhood can be a challenge after 5:00 P.M., also anytime on festival weekends, and on Chicago Cubs home game days/nights. Metered parking is available along Halsted from 8:00AM-10:00PM, then free overnight from 10:00PM-8:00AM. Read all posted signs. Off-street parking, on east-west residential side streets such as Brompton, Cornelia, Newport, Roscoe, and north-south Elaine, to the east backside of the inn, is available with a free city parking permit that we will issue at check-in. There are also three parking lots near The Villa Toscana, 100 feet north at the NW intersection of Halsted and Cornelia, or 1200 feet south, next to FFC/Steamworks, or next door to the Best Western Hotel on Broadway south of Cornelia, at varying rates. The lot to the northwest of the inn generally charges $12 for overnight parking on weeknights and $35 on weekends. The rates can be higher during special events and Chicago Cubs home night games. Full information is available on the self-park kiosk located in the lot. If you are driving to our neighborhood, an earlier arrival is always better than a later arrival! And, Chicago is a city with an excellent transit system consisting of buses and trains. You really don’t need a vehicle when you visit Chicago!