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    If your coming in from a...

    by SilverMoon58 Written Aug 26, 2002

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    If your coming in from a suburb a must is the Chicago Transit Authority, go to their webpage. They have the RTA, CTA, PACE and Metra, 7 days a week including holidays. Or call (312) 836-4949 for information.
    A real plus is that on the weekends it is only $5.00 to ride all day!
    Use the FREE TROLLEYS! In the summer they are free and during certain times of the years.

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    by Ujamaflip Written Dec 24, 2008

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    Limousines are commonly used to get to and around Chicago. For longer journeys they can work out cheaper than a taxi, and are certainly more comfortable. Limousines generally have to be reserved before travelling. Some limousines are stretched, but some are just towncars. All the limousines I have used have had very friendly and polite drivers. The limousine companies are also very conciencious and helpful about getting you to your destination safely and on time, for example they will give you advice about travelling in inclement weather.

    I have used GNT Limousine Service several times and have been very pleased with their service.

    GNT Limousine Service
    14 Prosper Court, Suite 8
    Lake in the Hills, Illinois 60014

    Phone: 815-455-4060
    Phone: 847-854-4060
    Phone: 847-304-4066
    Fax: 815-455-4074

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    Gooro - A New Chicago Travel Link

    by riorich55 Updated Jun 11, 2009

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    According to information I've found "Goroo (pronounced "go-ru") is a mix of the words "go" and "kangaroo," which is meant to hint at speedy travel. It's the latest online tool provided by the Regional Transportation Agency."

    " offers step-by-step instructions on how to get from Point A to Point B in the Chicago region. While there are other websites that do this, Goroo provides users with travel options that consider not just time and speed, but also convenience, cost, and environmental implications." For instance if you want to go from the Chicago suburbs into the city it will show you how many pounds of carbon dioxide by car or SUV will be used compared to public transportation.

    "The new website, still under development, consolidates travel information from several sources, including the CTA, Metra, Pace, Standard Parking, the Illinois Bureau of Tourism, and the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT). The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) even offers weather info (since walking to the train station may not be a good idea in the rain), and the Center for Neighborhood Technology determines the impact on the environment."

    I did several tests to determine the accuracy of the information being given out, for example Union Station to Brookfield Zoo and Union Station to the Museum of Science and Industry and it did a good job there. Where they still have some bugs is suburban travel and buses to take from my house to the train station. But all in all a good site to consider for out of town visitors.

    " allows Chicagoans to choose between commuting only by car or driving to a nearby commuter train station. Drivers can avoid highways, toll roads, and/or traffic jams, as the website will soon provide real-time traffic data."

    "In about a month, the site will also feature walking and bicycling routes, so commuters will have a broad range of options when choosing their itinerary."

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    Driving from Indy to Chicago

    by staindesign Written Oct 6, 2006

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    I was thinking that maybe people are traveling from city to city. If so, if you are coming or going to chicago from Indianapolis the best route is I-65 (N or S, depending on your destination) and then taking I-90/I-94. If you are not from Chicago and you are planning to drive there, always stay on the left, you can always get to your exit. For example say you need 51C but you are at 53a, don't worry stay on the left in the express lane, you will be thankful later that you did so!

    Also traveling either to chicago or to Indianapolis, to pass all of the tolls it will cost you $3.15. There is a 15¢ toll, a 50¢, and a $2.50 toll.

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    Chicago transportation

    by jozwitch Updated Sep 9, 2002

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    There are two airports, O'Hare and Midway. Public transit runs from both airports to downtown Chicago. If you prefer to drive, good luck. Once you get within 30 miles of Chicago traffic slows down to a crawl. There is also an Amtrak station downtown - as long as the trains are still running! Greyhound has a station here as well and it is within walking distance of an 'El' station.
    Chicago has a pretty decent public transportation system. The trains run every 7 - 10 minutes, 24 hours a day. Buses are more infrequent, depending on time of day and traffic. Some buses do not run 24 hours, so if you are relying on a bus for transportation after the bars close, make sure it will still be running!
    They have a website where anyone can put in their starting point and destination and it will tell you what to take to get there.
    Good luck!


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    Chicago two major airports....

    by JohnBee Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Chicago two major airports. For the international flights this is O'hare Airport and for the domestic flights this is Midway Airport. From O'Hare you can take the blue line rapid train to the downtown area and from Midway the Orange line to downtown.
    If you travel with Amtrak you can arrive at Chicago's Central station, which is famous of the movie 'The untouchables'.
    In the three and a half month I was in Chicago, I only walked, used the train/subway, taxis or rented a car for transportation.

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    1. Plane. Chicago has two...

    by mayasmin Written Aug 26, 2002

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    1. Plane. Chicago has two airports - O'Hare international located in the NW part of the metro area. It is accesible through the EL (take the Blue Line which stops exactly at the bottom of O'Hare). The other airport located in the South part of the Metro area is Midway. It is also accesible through the EL (Orange Line).

    2. Greyhound buses. The Greyhound bus is located in the downtown area of the city. Intracity buses are available at the front (see getting around for tips on how to get a particular route using public transportation).

    3. Car - Chicago is aound 90 miles away from Milwaukee; 240 miles away from Detroit; approximately 400 miles away from Minneapolis. It is accessbile through interstate 90/94. Warnoing: Prepare a lot of coins if you are using IS 90 since there are numerous tollways along the way.
    1. the EL (short for elevated) train and the bus. Chicago has a comprehensive metro system. Since parking in the downtown area (called the Loop)is so expensive, it is advisable that you take public transportation if most of your visit is located around chicago. The transportation authority even has its own website ( where you just need to put the address you came from and the address you are going to and the whole public transportaion route will be printed out. In riding the EL, just remember the color of the line you need to take and the final destination of the line (so that you do not go the opposite way!!!). It costs $1.50 and $.30 for the first transfer and the second transfer (within the next two hours) is free.
    2. FREE TROLLEYS are another reason why renting a car is not needed if you are based in the downtown. THere is a shopping trolley (along the Magnificent Mile), a cultural trolley (takes you to the different Chicago museums), etc. For trolley route maps, schedules, etc., check out
    3, Another way to get around chicago are the water taxis ( It stops at Sears Tower, the Museum Campus (Shedd Aquarium, Adler Planetarium and Field Museum) and Navy Pier. This is helpful because there are no EL Stations near the Museum Campus and Planetarium. Additionally, the water taxis gives a different perspective of the architectural marvels that could be seen in shoreline of Chicago.

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  • Fly into Midway (usually...

    by dzni Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Fly into Midway (usually cheaper) or O'hare. You'll be able to get flights from virtually anywhere in the world, many direct. O'hare is a huge, busy airport. Midway is not so much. ;)

    Take Amtrak into the city... Chicago is the hub!

    Take Greyhound in. Drive in yourself, just know what you're doing before you find yourself stuck in traffic and lost.

    Speaking of trains... if you're outside the city, the best bet is to take the El or Metra train into the city instead of trying to find a parking space. I think it works best, at any rate.
    Avoid the car downtown. Avoid it other places if you can. Most of the day there's some sort of congestion, and oftentimes you'll find yourself in gridlock, whether it be downtown or on a nearby expressway. So, avoid rush hour (which is like 7-10 and then 3-7).

    In the city, buses work well, but fare is $1.50. The El is an option for a few locations, as is the subway, both of which I reccommend if you're going long distances in the city. If you're not going really long distances, just walk. It's good for you and you'll get to see more of the city close-up.

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    Chicago is the transportation...

    by CubsIn4 Updated Aug 26, 2002

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    Chicago is the transportation hub of the Midwest. You can get a direct flight to Chicago from almost any gateway city around the world, and it's easily accessible with both Amtrak or Greyhound. Of course, driving is always an option, but don't plan on using your car once you get here.
    The public transportation system in Chicago is top-notch. There is absolutely no reason for you to use a car here. Just get a map of the city and take the 'L' wherever you want to go. There are also reliable buses, but if you aren't going far it's a good idea to walk. This is a great way to see and enjoy the city.

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    You can fly into O'Hare, then...

    by tetonski1 Written Aug 26, 2002

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    You can fly into O'Hare, then take a cab to Chicago. I advise to call American Taxi when you arrive at the airport, they are much cheaper than the taxis at the curb; they arrive in minutes too!

    Once downtown use a cab, using a rental car is not neccessary, and expensive to park from $10-$50 depending on where, when and how long you park.

    On the weekends there is a great free city service called the Chicago Trolley. It runs 10-6pm Sat. and 12-6 Sun. It will take you all around the city from Navy Pier, to the museums, to the train station, to the shopping areas. It comes every 30 mins. or less, and you stand by the trolley signs. P.S. Do not confuse the free trolley for the pay sightseeing trolley. The stops and more info. are at this website: (

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  • We flew in on Southwest...

    by Starlas Written Aug 25, 2002

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    We flew in on Southwest Airlines from St. Louis to Midway. The flight was short about 45 minutes. We had a long walk from the gate to baggage claim, I was told that the airport is currently being renovated. Which I must say the new part of the airport is very nice. The waiting area at the gates, however, are very small and dark.
    We took a cab to our hotel located in Oaklawn. The fare wasn't bad, roughly $13.00. There are Pace Bus Stops located at every corner in Oaklawn. I suggest taking the bus to the train, otherwise known as the Metra Electric Riders. We took the train into Chicago (LaSelle Station) the cost for a round trip ticket was only $5.00.

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    Fly or take the train here. ...

    by bopper Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Fly or take the train here. Do not rent a car. Take the train from the airport and use public transportation, your feet, or taxis. Do not drive here. We walk everywhere in all weather here.
    Take your feet, take public transportation, take a taxi, rent a bike, skip and dance around our city.

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    I flew into O'Hare although...

    by Aragina Written Aug 25, 2002

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    I flew into O'Hare although Chicago has another airport at Midway. O'Hare is the international Airport while Midway handles all the domestic flights..
    It is about $35 for a taxi into Chicago, and I have been told the EL goes there as well.
    The El and taxis were what I used. It is a great way of getting around, I found the public transport service in Chicago to be supurb.

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    List of routes

    by Dr._Aldakov Updated Aug 25, 2002

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    From Europe the best (and the only one, I guess) is a flight to Chicago International Airport O'Hare. By the way it is very comfortable, easy-to-orientate and nice airport.
    If you travel by car... Probably you've heard about parking problems in ALL American big cities. Chicago is a very good example. Parkings in downtown are either full or very expensive, more often both...
    So my recommendation: leave your car in the airport. There are a nice long-term economy parking lots F or E. Cost 9$ a day which is a way less than central ones. From the airport it's easy to reach the center by subway (CTA). Internal airport transportation will deliver you to the station for free and fast.
    And don't forget to forget your idea about getting around the city by your car!
    Depends on your finances, weather and mood.
    1. Subway is a cheapest way ($1.50), but, you know, it's subway... In America... If you know what I mean. No, it's fast, relatively clean, but still, don't overuse it. Essential during bad weather (winter, fall...)

    2. Bus. Not as frightening as subway, but not as frequently running too.

    3. Taxi. Fast (depends on traffic). $3 - first mile (or price is time dependent), after - less. There are a horde of different taxis in the city. Watch your change. And as far as I know, don't forget tips for a driver.

    4. By feet. Appropriate only in spring-summer and only in downtown, otherwise you'll get blown out o the street (unless you'll freeze to it first).

    5. Never ever use your own car in the city (not for NY'ers, Bostoners, Detroiters etc.). Traffic....

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    Chicago is easily linked with...

    by SilverVelvet Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Chicago is easily linked with the Loop (a Metro system above the ground), buses and trains, so it's not necessary to have a car. In the main tourist areas, watch for free trolley cars that skirt tourists to the major museums and attractions.

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