Getting Around Chicago

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  • Chicago is about the easiest...

    by inkblot Written Aug 26, 2002

    Chicago is about the easiest place in the U.S. to get to. By air, O'Hare is a major hub for both United and American Airlines as well as a major connection spot for many other carriers, including international carriers. By train, Union Station is possibly Amtrak's biggest hub station. By car, I-94 from Detroit or points north and west, I-90 and I-80 from points east and west, I-65 from points southeast (via Indianapolis), I-57 from points south (via Memphis), and I-55 from points south (via St. Louis). Take your pick.
    Chicago has the best public transportation system of any city within a thousand miles. Find routes and schedules at and Chicago also has lots and lots of taxis. They generally have fixed rates between the airports and downtown, and fares are generally in the $1/mile range plus a fixed value of just over a dollar per passenger. Personally, I also like to get around by bike.

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    Location Help

    by Birdbrain Updated Mar 9, 2003

    Chicago's street number system is very convenient. The intersection of Madison and State (in the heart of downtown) mark the 0-0 coordinates of the system. Every 800 numbers measures one mile from that point (note: blocks are NOT always 100 numbers long). So if a place is 1200 N LaSalle, then it's 1.5 miles north of Madison. It may be east or west of State (in this case west).

    There is an order to the naming of the E-W streets in downtown. Starting with Randolph St. (named after the Pre-Revolutionary leader), the streets are named after US Presidents in chronological order as you go south (with some omissions).

    They go as follows:
    (Peyton) Randolph
    (George) Washington
    (James) Madison
    (James) Monroe
    (John Q.) Adams
    (Andrew) Jackson
    (Martin) Van Buren
    (William) Harrison
    (James) Polk
    (Zachary) Taylor
    (Theodore) Roosevelt

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    O'hare vs Midway

    by kimberbakos Written Apr 12, 2003

    If you are going to the suburbs, O'Hare will put you right outside of Elmhurst and other western burbs. Midway is right near downtown attractions like Chinatown and the zoo.
    If you leave your car in the Ohare parking lot, be sure to remember where you parked it. We were lost in long term parking for two hours hunting down our car.

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    by Glorija Written Feb 23, 2007

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    If you wanna rent a car try this good company. I was satisfied and I am sure you will be too. Lots of vehicles to choose from. Polite workers. Good insurance.

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    The best way to get to know...

    by carolineraat Written Aug 24, 2002

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    The best way to get to know the city is to walk. Chicago is easy to do, you will not get lost and the pedestrian roads are great, specially along the lake it's nice to walk, cycle, or skate.

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  • Chicago O'Hare Airport...

    by Pete_Thera Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Chicago O'Hare Airport Terminal 5 (International Terminal). It's new and beautifully designed. There are 4 terminals at O'Hare and they are connected by train.

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    by Martman Updated Aug 27, 2006

    Click here to return to my Chicago Homepage.

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  • Once the water started to...

    by TOMHET Written Aug 24, 2002

    Once the water started to subside, some campers decided to drive out, even though the water was up to their floorboards, which were about 2 feet off the ground.

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