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Location, Parking & Transportation

Morning check-in and kickoff takes place at Serve-a-thon Plaza, located in the heart of downtown Chicago at Daley Plaza (50 W. Washington).

Easy access with CTA lines, Metra lines and ample buses will make transportation simple and affordable for all Serve-a-thon Participants. 

We strongly recommend taking public transportation if possible. Call 836.7000 from all area codes for CTA, Pace and Metra routes/schedules. You may also visit

Self-pay parking near Serve-a-thon Plaza is available in public garages. The Chicago Cares preferred parking partner for Serve-a-thon is InterPark. Reduced fee tickets ($14) will be available at the Serve-a-thon Plaza information kiosks for volunteers who park at the following garages:


Theatre District Self-Park Garage

181 N. Dearborn Street

Enter on Dearborn or Lake


Government Center Self-Park Garage

181 N. Clark Street

Enter on Clark or Lake


203 N. LaSalle Self-Park Garage

203 N. LaSalle

Enter on Clark or Lake


Please allow extra time for parking so you will still arrive at 8 am for check-in and not miss your bus departure.

Please note:

Chicago Cares provides buses between Serve-a-thon Plaza and your school project site. For liability and logistical purposes, all volunteers must ride the bus to and from the project sites.

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