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We can’t wait to show you around!

To arrange a visit to ICO, please call: 312-949-7400. Interested students can schedule tours, counseling sessions, or clinical observation through our Admissions Department.

Open House

This annual event features presentations on ICO’s program, the admissions process, financial aid, and strengthening your application. Visitors experience a student panel with a Q&A session, demos on optometry and the admission test, and a campus tour. Prospective students are encouraged to bring family or friends. The 2016 Open House date was June 4, 2016. 2017 dates will be announced later this year.


Getting Here


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Visitors to ICO must enter the campus through the Indiana Avenue entrance (3240 S. Indiana.) Visitor parking is available at this entrance. Please sign in at the front desk before exploring ICO.

Taxis/Shuttles

The fare from either airport varied depending upon traffic conditions. Visitors have reported fares from Midway in the range of $25-35, and from O’Hare in the range on $40-60.Taxis are readily available outside the arrival/baggage claim areas of both airports.

Airport Express Transportation (shuttle to major hotels in Chicagp)
888-2THEVAN
Operates from both airports to zip code 60616
O’Hare one way: $35; round trip: $61
Midway one way: $24; round trip: $50

Public Transportation

From O’Hare, take the Blue Line southeast to downtown Chicago. Take the Blue Line to the Clark/Lake stop, and transfer to the Green Line train.

Take the Green Line south to the 35th/Bronzeville/IIT stop, in the middle of the Illinois Institute of Technology’s campus. Walk north to 33rd Street. Take a right on 33rd, then walk two blocks to Indiana Avenue. At Indiana Avenue take a left. ICO’s entrance is a half block north on Indiana.

From Midway, take the Orange Line northeast to the Roosevelt stop. At Roosevelt, transfer to the Green Line headed south. Then follow the directions above from the Green Line to ICO.

For further information about public transportation, check out www.transitchicago.com, the website of the Chicago Transit Authority.


Where to Stay

The Hyatt Regency McCormick Place and Chicago South Loop Hotel offer special rates to ICO visitors. If calling for reservations, ask for the “Illinois College of Optometry” rate. The rate may also be accessed when booking online. Please keep in mind there may be blackout dates and prices are always subject to availability.

Hyatt Regency McCormick Place
2233 S. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr.
Chicago, IL 60616
312-567-1234
$159/night

Chicago South Loop Hotel
11 W. 26th St.
Chicago, IL 60616
312-225-7000
$102

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