The old mantra "location, location, location" certainly applies to the Illini Center. Our Executive MBA students learn right in the heart of Chicago's business district in a setting convenient to those who work in the Loop, the suburbs, downstate, or even out of state - in short, our location is simply unparalleled.

Classes are held at The Illini Center, 200 S. Wacker Drive. Located just blocks south of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, we are directly across from the Sears Tower and just over the bridge from Union Station.

Classes meet Fridays and Saturday on alternating weekends on a floor designed just for the College of Business, with comfortable classrooms with video and audio enhancement, student lounges, team meeting spaces, and dining facilities. To augment the tablet PC computer each student is issued during Orientation, we have additional computer kiosks and printing stations. In the evenings before class days, you and your classmates will lodge together at a nearby hotel whose staff understands your needs as an Executive MBA student.

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Parking & Directions

The Center is easily accessible from all major expressways and all forms of public transportation.

Driving Directions

From the west, follow the Eisenhower Expressway (290) east into town where it becomes Congress Avenue. Exit Wacker Drive and follow the signs that read Upper Wacker Drive. You will be driving north. The Illini Center will be on your left just before Adams Street.

From the south, follow the Kennedy Expressway (90/94) west and exit on Monroe Street. Turn right (east) on Monroe and follow it to Wacker Drive and turn right (south). The Illini Center will be on your right just after Adams Street.

From the north, follow the Kennedy Expressway (90/94) south and exit on Jackson Street. Turn left (east) on Jackson and follow it to Wacker Drive and turn left (north). The Illini Center will be on your left just before Adams Street.

Public Transportation

Getting to the Illini Center by CTA or Metra couldn't be easier. Click here for information on 'L' trains and bus schedules, or check out the Metra if you are coming from outside the city. The Union Station Metra station is just across the street from the Illini Center.

Union Station also handles Amtrak trains, making the Illini Center very attractive for meetings involving out-of-town participants.


Two convenient parking garages are located near the Center:

  • Sears Tower Self Park: entrance located on Adams Street between Franklin and Wells Streets.
  • Union Station Self Park: entrance located on Clinton Street between Jackson and Van Buren.


172 W. Adams
Chicago, IL 60603

111 W. Adams
Chicago, IL 60603

(Information courtesy of the Illini Center)