Welcome to WashU and St. Louis! We hope this webpage helps you navigate and enjoy our wonderful city.


Aloft St. Louis Cortex
4245 Duncan Avenue
St Louis, Missouri 63110

Meeting Location

4220 Duncan Ave
St. Louis, MO 63110
3rd floor – Large classroom

Walking directions from hotel

Tuesday Reception

WashU invites our 2023 MOR cohort to join WashU IT leadership and previous WashU cohort members to a welcome reception Tuesday, April 11, 5:30p-7:00p. The reception will be located at the WXYZ bar on the 2nd floor of the Aloft St. Louis Cortex. Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be provided.



MetroLink is the St. Louis metropolitan region’s light rail system and is operated by Metro as part of a fully integrated regional transportation system. 

If you are taking the MetroLink from the airport to the hotel, take the eastbound train and exit at the Cortex Station: 402 S. Boyle Ave., St. Louis, MO  63110 (9 or 10 stops)

Key Stations


Cortex Station – By Aloft hotel

Some restaurants offer Metro discounts. Learn more at metrostlouis.org/deals.

Additional Airport Transportation Information



Airport Taxi Zones: 

  • Terminal 1: Door 14 to Garage Yellow Level 
  • Terminal 2: Door 12 

ADA accessible taxis are available through the following companies: 

  • Airport On-Call Taxicabs (see Taxi Booth for information) 
  • Metro West Transport (call to reserve ADA taxicab at (636) 272-TAXI or visit metrowesttaxi.net

Lyft and Uber

Ride App companies Lyft and Uber operate at St. Louis Lambert International Airport.  

Reservations must be made online. 

Ride App Pickup zones: 

  • Terminal 1: Door 6 (Ticketing Level) 
  • Terminal 2: Door 10 

St. Louis Lambert International Airport  

10701 Lambert International Blvd. 
St. Louis, MO 63145-0212 U.S.A 


Things to Do

Forest Park

This is a beautiful park with a 6 mile paved loop around it.  Most venues at the park are free. 

You can take the Metrolink Blue or Red Line directly from the Cortex Station west to the Forest Park Station.  The Forest Park Station is across the street from the History Museum (at the top of the interactive map).  The Zoo and Art Museum are both at least a mile from the station, and it’s mostly uphill.  Lyft or Uber may be better options for those.

Visit the WashU Danforth Campus

The Danforth Campus is located just west of Forest Park.  It can also be accessed by the Metrolink.  From the Cortex Station, head west on the Blue Line to Forest Park Station to the Skinker Station. 

Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum – This on campus museum is close to the Skinker Station and is always free and open to the public. 

Local Areas and Recommendations

Here are some local areas and venues. These are In order of distance from the hotel.

Central West End

Restaurants, shops, World Chess Hall of Fame

The Grove


The Hill

Italian roots neighborhood with restaurants and shops

The Armory

Very large game and entertainment venue

  • Ride

Delmar Loop

Restaurants, shops, concert venues, bowling ally

Union Station (Downtown)

Restaurants, shops, St. Louis Wheel, St. Louis Aquarium,

Ballpark Village (Downtown)

Restaurants and venues next to the baseball stadium

  • Ride or MetroLink (Stadium stop)

Keiner Plaza (Downtown)

Park area by the City Garden with great downtown views including The Arch and St. Louis courthouse

  • Ride or MetroLink (8th and Pine stop)

360 Downtown STL

Rooftop bar by Ballpark Village and Keiner Plaza

  • Ride or MetroLink (8th and Pine stop)

Washington Avenue (Downtown)

One of the ,main business districts in downtown St. Louis with restaurants, National Blues Museum, City Museum, bowling alley, and more

  • Ride or MetroLink (Convention Center stop)

Gateway Arch (Downtown)

Next to the Mississippi river surrounded by a park

  • Ride or MetroLink (Lacledes Landing stop)

Explore St. Louis – Website to explore local events

For more restaurant recommendations, visit the Riverfront Time Best Of 2022

Sport Events While You’re in Town