Location and Transportation

A unique mix of rural land and urban development, Plainfield’s strategic location is among its greatest assets. Far enough from the hustle of the city, and yet close enough for convenience, Plainfield is situated a mere 35 miles from the Chicago Loop, with access to the region’s extensive transportation web. Two miles from town, commuters reach Interstate 55, with Interstates 80 and 88 positioned nearby as well. These major interstates, along with State Highways 59, 126 and U.S. Route 30, connect Plainfield to surrounding suburbs and destinations beyond the Chicago area.

In addition, travelers needing to get somewhere quickly have ready access to Chicago’s Midway International Airport within 30 miles and O’Hare International Airport in 40 miles.

An extensive public transportation system is in place in Plainfield as well. Pace Suburban Bus service provides weekday buses from Plainfield to downtown Chicago, along with other routes that travel in and around Plainfield and surrounding suburbs.

Pace Dial-a-Ride, Pace Vanpooling, Kendall Area Transit and Plainfield Township Senior Shuttle Services and Wheatland Township Ride DuPage Program are all services in place to take travelers door-to-door, directly to their destination.

For more information about each of these programs, visit the village’s website at www.plainfield-il.org/pages/publictransit.

Pace Bus Service

Weekday bus service between Plainfield and downtown Chicago is available courtesy of the Pace Suburban Bus. Consider Pace for your daily commute or a special trip into downtown Chicago. Two Pace Bus routes provide service to the Village of Plainfield:

Route 755 begins at the Plainfield Park-n-Ride on Village Center Drive, adjacent to Plainfield Village Hall, stops at the Bolingbrook Old Chicago Park-n-Ride, the CTA Pink Line (Damen Station), Damen & Polk, Racine & Harrison and Union Station.

Route 855 begins at the Plainfield Park-n-Ride, with intermediate stops along I-55 in Romeoville (Spartans’ Square Park-n-Ride), Bolingbrook (Canterbury Park-n-Ride and Old Chicago Park-n-Ride), and the Burr Ridge Park-n-Ride, and ends in Chicago with stops at the corners of Monroe & Wabash and Superior & Michigan.

Pace Routes 755 and 855 can operate on sections of the shoulders of I-55. Under the program, only Pace buses are permitted to use designated sections of the I-55 shoulder between 6 and 9 a.m. for inbound trips, and between 3 and 7 p.m. for outbound trips. Buses can only use the shoulder when traffic in the regular lanes is flowing at less than 35 miles per hour, and buses using the shoulder cannot travel at speeds greater than 35 mph, or 15 mph faster than the flow of traffic in the regular lanes – whichever is less.

Special signage and roadway markings indicate where buses can use the shoulder, and the bus will have special markings indicating it is authorized to use the shoulder. Free Wi-Fi on buses allows passengers to use the internet for work or play while riding.

For more information about Pace Routes 755 and 855 and the Bus on Shoulder pilot project, visit www.pacebus.com.

For only $4 per one-way trip, Pace’s Express Service Network is designed to improve connectivity throughout Northeast Illinois and provide access to jobs, schools and medical care that may not be available in a rider’s local area.

Free parking for Routes 755 and 855 is offered at the Plainfield Park-n-Ride, located on Village Center Drive, near the village hall, and on Van Dyke Road.