Located at the mouth of Lake Calumet and the Chicago River, The Illinois International Port District (Port of Chicago) offers shipping via the Great Lakes and inland river system. In addition, practically every barge carrier serves the Port terminals with all types of equipment such as open top, covered, and liquid commodities equipment suitable not only for the inland waterways but also for direct service to and from other Great Lakes ports.
The Port of Chicago has terminal and rail switching services. Twelve main line railroads in the Chicago rail hub feed into selected terminals. All the major railroads serving the Chicago area have reciprocal switching arrangements. The Port is strategically located at the convergence of the three largest interstate highways of the nation which allows Approximately 600-line haul and local cartage carriers to provide the full range of motor services.