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Airport Taxi Fare

by Jandar

Can anyone tell me approx. what the cost is for a taxi from Midway Airport to State & Grand.? Or would we be better to take a shuttle? Also, what grocery stores are nearby State & Grand for basics - Milk, coffee, tea, bread etc..
Thank you,

Re: Airport Taxi Fare

by Jandar

Forgot to say, we are not staying in a hotel so we can't use hotel shuttle service, we are in a condo.

Re: Airport Taxi Fare

by xymmot

the shuttle buses goes right to the area and cost about 12-15 USD at State and Grand. Cheers Tommy x

Re: Airport Taxi Fare

by Dabs

The Chicago Dept of Aviation's website estimates it at $35-40 which seems a little high to me since they also estimate O'Hare to be $35-40

Fly Chicago has it at $25-28, it's metered so time of arrival will be a factor

If you do not have a lot of luggage you can also take the Orange line el, $2.25 per person each way. You could either walk from State & Lake or take a taxi the short distance. Or it looks like the State and Grand red line station is open, you could connect at Roosevelt with no additional fee (Lake looks like you have to exit and pay an additional fee)

I wouldn't take a shuttle, it would be as much or more if there are 2 or more of you and you would have to wait for it plus possibly stop at other hotels.

BTW, I was downtown yesterday and there is construction at State & Grand but it all seems to be on the ground level of the buildings. The roads are still open but down to just one lane on Grand.

Re: Airport Taxi Fare

by Dabs

There's a Jewel/Osco at Grand & State, that's going to be your best bet for staples like milk, coffee, etc. Prices are much better if you have a Preferred card so ask when you get there if you need to apply for one or if they'll give you the discount without it (or just say you forgot your card, it's all about tracking your purchases. There's also a Trader Joe's at 44 E. Ontario that's a few blocks away, they have interesting stuff there but at higher prices. A couple more blocks away there is a Whole Foods, even more expensive, mostly organic. We stop there on occasion when we are looking for something in particular, I really like their gelato and it's slightly more reasonable than going to a gelato shop

Re: Airport Taxi Fare

by Jandar

Thanks a lot guys.

Travel Tips for Chicago

Fantastic place. Loved every minute.

by Yogidogg

It was very clean, felt very safe compared to other cities we have visited and the people where just great. Really enjoyed the architecture and the boat trip within the city and the lake cruise. Millenium park and 'the bean' was fantastic. Only there a couple of days to see Aerosmith at Allstate arena-but the took the day off! The whole thing! I cant wait to revisit some day

Favorite websites

by Dabs

For general tourism information:

Metromix affiliated with the Chicago Tribune

Chicago Reader

Center Stage has a terrific neighborhood guide and virtual el guide

Choose Chicagoalso affiliated with the Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau

Chicago Traveler not sure who this one is affiliated with, some of the information is quite good but there are some links to ticket brokers which are NOT official ticket sellers even though they may be legitimate

Open Table for online restaurant reservations

For restaurant tips from Chicago chow hounds
Chow Hound
LTH Forum

Theater offerings
HotTix 1/2 price ticket booth
League of Chicago Theatre
Broadway in Chicago
Ticketmaster full price tickets plus an extortionary service fee

BFT check before using Priceline
Hot Rooms

Free/budget Chicago
Free Chicago Events

Chicago reference resource-it appears the excellent reference book on Chicago, the Encyclopedia of Chicago is online

if someone has never been to...

by dorota

if someone has never been to Chicago, they have to go to the beach. it's not an ocean, but the lakefront is one of the most tresured posessions of the city. With a bike you can get to virtually all the major attractions while enjoying the powerful views of the city. i don't have the one fondest memory, everyday is special with it's own quirky surprises.

Three Chicago Landmarks in one shot!!

by shrimp56

The three landmarks are the John Hancock Center [the black building], Water Tower Place [it's labelled!] and part of original Water Tower. [It's old!] Just walking around this part of Chicago early in the day before the streets get crowded.

The South Side: Illinois Institute of Techology

by sambarnett

When you look at a tall, ugly building think, "Don't blame Mies!" A world leader in the International Style, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe mastered a minimalist style that has been bastardized by second rate architects for fifty years now. For examples of this style done right, tour the IIT main campus east of the Dan Ryan between 31st and 35th Streets. (For examples done wrong visit the lakeshore in the Gold Coast.)
   Although located near the remains of the Robert Taylor and Stateway Gardens housing projects, America's most impoverished and crime-ridden two mile stretch, security ensures campus safety. The reflection of the sun setting behind Sox Park in the windows of the tall IITRI Tower is really neat.


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