Transportation, Drop-off, Pick-up

Drop-off, Pick-up

At Earl Shapiro Hall, Grades N–2

  • Students should arrive no earlier than 8 a.m.
  • Classroom doors will open at 8:10 a.m.
  • The school day starts at 8:15 a.m.

Carline

  • When arriving at ESH for drop-off or pick-up, please follow the routes shown here.
  • When your vehicle has reached the safe drop-off and pick-up area (the curb facing the Child Development Center), an adult will be on hand to help your child into or out of the vehicle.
  • Cars must display their carline placard in carline. Placards are given on the first day of school. For additional copies please ask at the ESH offices.

Parking

Parents can park their vehicle in the 60th Street and Stony Island Avenue UChicago parking lot and either walk to Earl Shapiro Hall (ESH) or catch the Lab Shuttle. Parking is restricted immediately in front of ESH on the west side of Stony Island Avenue but may be available on the east side of Stony Island Avenue and on Midway Plaisance.

Visitor spots at ESH are for visitors conducting school business. This may include parents and families at drop-off, but there are some restrictions on how these spots are accessed during pick-up for both safety and access reasons.

Click for additional parking and transportation or Lab Shuttle information.

Walking or Biking

  • Stroller storage and bike racks are located in front of ESH at the main entrance. Additional bike racks are located in the back of the building.
  • Walking or biking caregivers will pick their children up at their children's classroom door.
  • Dogs (and pets, in general) are not allowed on campus and should not be brought to school during arrival and dismissal, no matter their disposition. Some students are allergic to or afraid of dogs and other pets, and well-meaning children, excited to see animals, can overrun and frighten a pet.

At the Historic Campus, grades 3–12 and Adventure Kids

  • Students should arrive no earlier than 8:15 a.m.
  • Classroom doors will open at 8:25 a.m.
  • The school day starts at 8:30 a.m.

Dismissal

Children are dismissed from the classroom. Make sure your child knows your meeting location. If you and your child do not connect, your child should go to his or her school office, where he or she can contact you and wait. For the daily school schedule, click here.

Carline

  • Staff are onsite to assist with arrival. Approach Blaine along the north side of 59th Street. Maintain your place in line. Do not pass cars in front of you. Wait until your car is in the designated area to let children out—curbside only.
  • In the afternoons, the pick-up carline forms on the north side of 59th Street. Enter the carline from Stony Island Avenue. Do not cut in line by entering from other side streets or blocking intersections.
  • Wait in your vehicle. Turn on hazard lights to indicate you are part of the carline.
  • Keep moving forward, while maintaining a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you. However, large gaps between cars create safety hazards.
  • Stay on the north side of 59th Street. Do allow children in and out of cars in the middle of the street.

Parking

Parents can park their vehicle in the 60th Street and Stony Island Avenue UChicago parking lot and either walk to the Historic Campus or catch the Lab Shuttle. Parking is restricted along the north side of 59th Street, but may be available on the south side of 59th Street, on Midway Plaisance, or on surrounding streets.

Click for additional parking and transportation or Lab Shuttle information.

Walking or Biking

  • Dogs (and pets, in general) are not allowed on campus and should not be brought to school during arrival and dismissal, no matter their disposition. Some students are allergic to or afraid of dogs and other pets, and well-meaning children, excited to see animals, can overrun and frighten a pet.
  • Bike racks are available in Kenwood Mall and along Kimbark Avenue.

Complimentary Bus Service

Summer Lab's complimentary bus service provides a safe, convenient, and green transportation option for families. It helps reduce traffic at arrival and dismissal, and plays an important role in the Schools' commitment to the environment.

Our routes have been designed to work as a system serving a broad range of Chicago neighborhoods. These routes operate daily. Registration is required in order to use the bus. Families must schedule their students in advance so we know exactly where each child will be going on which day of the week.

Below are the proposed routes for this summer, which are subject to change. Please contact us if you would like to request an additional stop to any of the proposed routes for our consideration.* More detailed information will be provided in the weeks leading up to Summer Lab. Please let us know if you have any questions.

*Requests do not guarantee stops will be added

Routes and Schedules

Route A - Lincoln Park/Lakeview

Route A morning itinerary
Stop Departure time
Clark and Montrose (NW corner) 7:10 a.m.
Clark and Grace (NE corner) 7:15 a.m.
Lake Shore and Addison (SW corner) 7:20 a.m.
Lake Shore and Melrose (SW corner) 7:24 a.m.
Fullerton and Geneva (in front of Church of Our Savior, 530 W. Fullerton) 7:32 a.m.
Sheffield and Webster (NW corner) 7:36 a.m.
Armitage and Orchard (SW corner) 7:40 a.m.
1730 N. Clark (W) 7:45 a.m.
Earl Shapiro Hall 8:05 a.m.
Historic Campus 8:15 a.m.
Route A morning map

Route A afternoon itinerary
Stop Departure time
Earl Shapiro Hall 3:25 p.m.
Historic Campus 3:40 p.m.
Armitage and Orchard (NW corner) 4:05 p.m.
Sheffield and Webster (SE corner) 4:10 p.m.
Fullerton and Geneva (SE corner) 4:15 p.m.
Lake Shore and Aldine (SE corner) 4:23 p.m.
Lake Shore and Waveland (SE corner) 4:27 p.m.
Clark and Grace (NE corner) 4:32 p.m.
Clark and Montrose (SE corner) 4:37 p.m.
Route A afternoon map

Route B - Gold Coast

Route B morning itinerary
Stop Departure time

Goethe and Lake Shore Dr. (NW side)

7:25 a.m.
Delaware and Michigan (SW side) 7:30 a.m.
Chicago and Michigan (SW side) 7:32 a.m.
Huron and Michigan (NW side) 7:35 a.m.
Grand and Michigan (NW side) 7:40 a.m.
Columbus and Randolph (SW side) 7:45 a.m.
Earl Shapiro Hall 8:05 a.m.
Historic Campus 8:15 a.m.
Route B morning map

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Route B afternoon itinerary
Stop Departure time
Earl Shapiro Hall 3:25 p.m.
Historic Campus 3:40 a.m.

Columbia Yacht Club (roundabout)

4:05 p.m.
Grand and Michigan  (SE side) 4:10 p.m.
Huron and Michigan (SE side) 4:13 p.m.
Chicago and Michigan (SE side) 4:15 p.m.
Delaware and Michigan (SE side) 4:19 p.m.
Goethe and Lake Shore Dr. (SE side) 4:24 p.m.
Route B afternoon map

Route C - South Loop

Route C morning itinerary
Stop Departure time
State and Van Buren (NE corner) 7:28 a.m.
Michigan and 13th (SW) 7:35 a.m.
Michigan and 16th (SW) 7:40 a.m.
Michigan and 18th (SW) 7:45 a.m.
Michigan and 31st (SE corner) 7:50 a.m.
Earl Shapiro Hall 8:05 a.m.
Historic Campus 8:15 a.m.
Route C morning map

Route C afternoon itinerary
Stop Departure time
Earl Shapiro Hall 3:25 p.m.
Historic Campus 3:40 p.m.
Michigan and 31st (NE corner) 3:55 p.m.
Michigan and 18th (NE corner) 4:00 p.m.
Michigan and 16th (NE corner) 4:02 p.m.
Michigan and 13th (NE corner) 4:05 p.m.
State and Van Buren (NE corner) 4:15 p.m.
Route C afternoon map

Route D - Bucktown/Roscoe Village

Route D morning itinerary
Stop Departure time
Damen and Belmont (SW corner) 7:21 a.m.
Damen and Wolfram (SW corner) 7:25 a.m.
Damen and Cortland (SW corner) 7:32 a.m.

Damen and Potomac (SW corner)

7:36 a.m.
Damen and Augusta (SE corner) 7:41 a.m.
Milwaukee and Augusta (SW corner) 7:45 a.m.
Earl Shapiro Hall 8:05 a.m.
Historic Campus 8:15 a.m.
Route D morning itinerary
Route D afternoon itinerary
Stop Departure
Earl Shapiro Hall 3:25 p.m.
Historic Campus 3:40 p.m.
Milwaukee and Augusta (NW corner) 4:15 p.m.
Damen and Augusta (NE corner) 4:20 p.m.
Damen and Evergreen (SE corner) 4:23 p.m.
Damen and Cortland (SE corner) 4:28 p.m.
Damen and Wolfram (NE corner) 4:35 p.m.
Damen and Belmont (SE corner) 4:40 p.m.
Route D afternoon route map

Route E - West Loop

Route E morning itinerary
Stop Departure time
Adams and Racine (SW corner) 7:32 a.m.

Harrison and Racine (NW corner)

7:38 a.m.
Taylor and Racine (NW corner) 7:41 a.m.
Roosevelt and Halsted (NW corner) 7:45 a.m.
Earl Shapiro Hall 8:05 a.m.
Historic Campus 8:15 a.m.
Route E morning map

Route E afternoon itinerary
Stop Departure time
Earl Shapiro Hall 3:25 p.m.
Historic Campus 3:40 p.m.
Roosevelt and Halsted (NW corner) 4:05 p.m.
Taylor and Racine (SE corner) 4:10 p.m.
Harrison and Racine (NE corner) 4:15 p.m.
Adams and Racine (SE corner) 4:20 p.m.
Route E afternoon map

Transportation Help

Laboratory Schools Contact:
Madeline Thompson, Secretary for Family Life Programs: email or call 773-702-7037

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