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Need help with Chicago McCormick Place Directions

JFrancis

Active Member
Could someone assist. Did I goof, or are the directions unable to be correct in the complexity of the McCormick Place Complex...

Picking up the Google Maps directions from the point of going South on US-41/Lake Shore Drive. Destination, McCormick Place North Building:

  1. Take the US-41 S/31st St exit
  2. Keep right, follow signs for Interstate 90/Interstate 94
  3. Use any lane to turn right onto Moe Dr
  4. Turn left onto Mc 6th
  5. Turn right onto Mines Dr
  6. McCormick Place - North Building
#3, Moe Drive, takes you into a "tunnel", which feels mostly like the level where delivery trucks go.
#4, in that tunnel area, I did not see a Mc 6th drive at all.

We drove around until finding a bank of glass doors, still in the "tunnels", with what looked like a lobby area inside, and the riders got out there. I am not sure if I drove by those doors to begin with and overlooked them or what.

Hopefully someone seeing can explain where I went wrong, and/or if the GPS went wrong.

Thanks.
 

HYPExBEAST

Well-Known Member
Lmao I did this back in the day. I started panicking and sweating. And my pax was already running late for some meeting oh lmfao. I suggest u drive around McMormick place tonight and get familiar with it.
 

BLUESKYIvy

Active Member
Don't take LSD..simple as that ..coming from North get to Michigan Ave or Columbus ...if you take LSD then when you exit take the right turn correctly and you will not end up in the back of Mc Cormik ..with the traffic i had to fight for a x2.3 to ORD i wish my rider knew how to exit at the lower level ..Ask your pax to walk to Hyatt and meet you there..it will save both of you a headache
 

UberBeemer

Well-Known Member
Moderator
Drive Guy, If you can't be empathetic to another member, maybe forum posting isn't for you...

Here's a post with Uberz information for the center.

https://www.uber.com/drive/chicago/venues/mccormick-place/

McCormick Place
Instructions for drivers

There are dedicated pickup locations at McCormick Place. Riders will be directed to wait at these locations when they request a ride in the Uber Rider app.

Requests at McCormick Place

City designated pickup locations
Traffic around McCormick Place can be difficult to navigate. That is why the City of Chicago has designated locations you can pick up riders.

Required documents
When picking up riders, please make sure to display all of your City of Chicago required documents to avoid possible citations.

  • Your Vehicle Emblem/TNP Chauffeur License on the driver side dashboard
  • The Uber emblem on the passenger side of your front windshield
  • Chicago TNP Trade Dress in the passenger side of your rear windshield
  • Uber Vehicle Inspection (in glove box)
  • Uber ID (in app)
  • Rasier Insurance (waybill)
Rides to McCormick Place

Dropping off riders
When dropping off riders at McCormick Place, follow the signs to the designated rideshare areas for a smooth trip.

Step-by-step instructions

Where to pick up at McCormick Place
When picking up or dropping off riders, use these City of Chicago designated locations

  1. Gate 40.5 in front of the West Building, at 2301 S. Indiana Avenue

  2. Hyatt Regency McCormick Hotel at 2245 S. King Drive

  3. McCormick Square (traffic circle) at 2301 S. King Drive

  4. Lakeside Building (door 38, level 2) at 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive

  5. The Wintrust Arena at 2201 S. Indiana Avenue

  6. The Marriott Marquis Hotel at 2121 S. Prairie Avenue

  7. The Corporate Center at 301 E. Cermak Road
 

The Drive Guy

Well-Known Member
Uber Beemer - it is not an insult. It is a fact that driving in Chicago is not for everyone. Do u see the pics posted of drivers going down the wrong way of major streets? Those are not side streets. Major downtown streets. Driving in Chicago is not for everyone!! Period. If u start by not knowing how to get to McCormick place. Probably won’t end well. Same would be for me if I decided to Uber around New York City.
 

UberBeemer

Well-Known Member
Moderator
Were you born knowing everything about rideshare? Did you ever ask a fellow driver for advice? Your reply was dismissive, if not insulting.

This forum is supposed to be collegial, a place for us to help each other be better drivers.

Sarcastic ribbing and good natured fun is expected to a degree, but I have a hard time accepting one member to suggest what you did to another asking for help.
 

Pythonphile

Well-Known Member
Beemer, and Drive Guy, you're both right. And the whole thing could have been put a little better, (less short).

I don't know the City, so when I have to go there, I drop, get offline, and get out. 1) I don't know the City that well. 2) Pax realized that rather quickly and get pissed-off when the driver doesn't know the area.

I hear a lot from pax about the latter. Complaining the the Uber navigation was making no sense, and that they knew a much quicker route, but their driver refused to deviate from the app.
 

BLUESKYIvy

Active Member
Also pax has to understand that we are not profesional drivers!We are not familliar with a lot of areas ..thats what i called entitled pax that wants a profesional driver from a ridesheare service that is designed for regular drivers.Yestarday i had a lady that i picked up from Adams St and wanted me to exit on 90W to Milwakee/Augusta..that means cutting through 5 lanes of congested traffic in less then 1 mile.Of course she started saying how she is doing it all the time and bla bla..OK lady you can do it ..others can do it but i don't feel comfortable or safe doing it!Downtown people have no mercy toward new drivers
 

LoveUL

Member
Also pax has to understand that we are not profesional drivers!We are not familliar with a lot of areas ..thats what i called entitled pax that wants a profesional driver from a ridesheare service that is designed for regular drivers.Yestarday i had a lady that i picked up from Adams St and wanted me to exit on 90W to Milwakee/Augusta..that means cutting through 5 lanes of congested traffic in less then 1 mile.Of course she started saying how she is doing it all the time and bla bla..OK lady you can do it ..others can do it but i don't feel comfortable or safe doing it!Downtown people have no mercy toward new drivers
Did u cancel her trip? If not, u should cancel it next time?
 

Chicago-uber

Well-Known Member
Also pax has to understand that we are not profesional drivers!We are not familliar with a lot of areas ..thats what i called entitled pax that wants a profesional driver from a ridesheare service that is designed for regular drivers.Yestarday i had a lady that i picked up from Adams St and wanted me to exit on 90W to Milwakee/Augusta..that means cutting through 5 lanes of congested traffic in less then 1 mile.Of course she started saying how she is doing it all the time and bla bla..OK lady you can do it ..others can do it but i don't feel comfortable or safe doing it!Downtown people have no mercy toward new drivers
Don't tell me how to drive and I will not tell you where to go. :biggrin:
 

BLUESKYIvy

Active Member
No..the trip was on so i knew i was going straight for a 1 star ..i asked her if she wants to order some other driver but she refused then i said i am going the way i feel safe !..so i educated her about what to expect from a uber driver ..told her that in average a driver does it for about 6 months and she will not always get the former cab driver that now is doing Uber or a suicidal guy that wants to be the as****l backing up traffic for him to cut through lanes.Nothing related to the price but just the way the system works..we are independent and we make decissions based on what is best for us.When i first started i realized i need to learn my way in DT just to make my life easyer so thats what i did ..Memorizing is not enough..you need skills and experience to know what lane is moving faster toward and at the ORD..how to get out of the city at rush hour by taking a lower level street and so on ..

You guys have to understand that is hard to stay out ..you all know is hard to avoid DT !You can get a trips to DT from everywere.. and belive me i hate DT regulars just because of there attitude toward us as drivers.When i get a pax that immediatly tells me were to go as soon as he enteres my car i tell him right away:"Hmmm you sound like you've been traumatized by a lot of Uber drivers"..they immediatlly start to laugh and describe some terrifing bad experiencess
 

Tom Harding

Well-Known Member
There is the McCormick C enter Convention Center and the Hyatt McCormick hotel. they are next to each other on Indiana Ave.
Simple way is 31th street to Indiana Ave. Go north to about 23rs street and look for the McCormick Place circle on the right. Turn in there and drive to the ride share pickup point (sign).
The hotel is just past the circle on the right, off of Indiana ave.
If coming there off of Cermack Road, the the hotel is on the left, followed by the Circle at the light.
 

LoveTheBlues

Well-Known Member
The city is challenging and if you are intimidated, you are best off dropping your passenger and heading somewhere you feel safe for your next pick-up. But if you are just new to the Loop but comfortable you can adjust, take the time to read all the guidelines Uber and Lyft have online, learn the grid, spend extra time in the challenging spots to learn your way (Streeterville, Lower Wacker & Michigan, Navy Pier, McCormick Place) to know where to go. Don't rely on GPS as it will fail you in the Loop and when the GPS sends you on the Kennedy from the Loop when you are not going south of the Eisenhower or north of Randolph, consider surface streets like Franklin or Wells to avoid crossing 5 lanes on the freeway. Then just go with it and do your best. We all have been beat up a few times when we screwed up (most of us anyhow).

Yes, downtown pax can be merciless but if you are comfortable, authoritative and can rationally explain the route your taking, not all will crucify you. And the few that do; well - get over it.
 

f1zero

Well-Known Member
There is the McCormick C enter Convention Center and the Hyatt McCormick hotel. they are next to each other on Indiana Ave.
Simple way is 31th street to Indiana Ave. Go north to about 23rs street and look for the McCormick Place circle on the right. Turn in there and drive to the ride share pickup point (sign).
The hotel is just past the circle on the right, off of Indiana ave.
If coming there off of Cermack Road, the the hotel is on the left, followed by the Circle at the light.
You have your streets messed up.... physically impossible to take Indiana from 31st to 23rd...

But if you’re taking LSD all the way down to 31st street to get to McCormick Place then you need Jesus :p the pros use 55
 
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