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We encourage you to visit ICO. Make the most of your visit to campus by scheduling a tour, attending a counseling session, or participate in clinical observation. To schedule your visit to ICO, please call our Admissions team at 312-949-7400.

Open House

If you are interested in a career in optometry, considering attending an ICO open house. Friends and family are welcomed at ICO open house events.

You will have the opportunity to:

  • explore the profession of optometry and discover the countless career opportunities available

  • learn more about how you can prepare to be accepted into optometry school

  • meet ICO students, staff and admissions representatives

  • tour the ICO campus, clinical facilities, and the laboratory affectionately called the Eyepod

  • learn why ICO has a highly esteemed clinical reputation

We encourage you to bring friends and family. We hope to see you there!

Check this space for updates about our next Open House Event

Getting to ICO

Visitors to ICO should enter the campus through the Indiana Avenue entrance (3240 S. Indiana) and sign in with the security desk prior to exploring ICO. Visitor parking is available at this entrance.

Public Transportation

Did you know you can travel to our campus via public transit? One of the many benefits of being located in the city of Chicago is access to low-cost travel options via trains and buses around the city.


For information about Chicago’s public transportation, visit, the website of the Chicago Transit Authority.


From O’Hare International Airport, you can reach ICO by taking two different train routes. Take Blue Line trains to downtown Chicago to the Clark & Lake stop. After arriving at Clark & Lake stop, transfer to the Green Line train south to the 35th/Bronzeville/IIT stop. 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 Airport, take Orange Line trains to the Roosevelt stop. At Roosevelt, transfer to southbound Green Line trains. Then follow the directions above from the Green Line to ICO.

Where to Stay

The following hotels offer special rates to ICO visitors. If calling for reservations, ask for the “Illinois College of Optometry” rate. Rates that may be accessed through online booking include codes found below. 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
$169/night + tax (use code 80599)

Chicago South Loop Hotel
11 W. 26th St.
Chicago, IL 60616
15% off Best Available Rate

Hampton Inn Chicago McCormick Place
123 E. Cermak
Chicago, IL 60616
Student rate $109
15% off Best Available Rate

Hilton Garden Inn Chicago McCormick Place
123 E. Cermak
Chicago, IL 60616
15% off Best Available Rate

Home2 Suites by Hilton Chicago McCormick Place
123 E. Cermak
Chicago, IL 60616
15% off Best Available Rate

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