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Visit ICO

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. Our 2016 Open House will take place on (DATE).

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.


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)
Operates from both airports to zip code 60616
O’Hare one way: $35; round trip: $61
Midway one way: $24; round trip: $50

Omega Airport Shuttle (pre-arranged service)
Operates from both airports to and from ICO and the South Side of Chicago. You must call 24 hours in advance to make shuttle arrangements. Students are $34.00 each way for O’Hare and $19 each way for Midway.

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, 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
$155 off-peak season
$179 peak season

Chicago South Loop Hotel
11 W. 26th St.
Chicago, IL 60616