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    Quad City International Airport

    by traveldave Updated May 20, 2014

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    Quad City International Airport (MLI) is located south of Moline, Illinois. The airport serves the Quad Cities area (Moline, Illinois; Rock Island, Illinois; Bettendorf, Iowa; and Davenport, Iowa), as well as northwest Illinois and eastern Iowa.

    Airlines serving Quad City International Airport: American Airlines, American Eagle, Delta Connection, Southwest Airlines, and United Express.

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    Midway International Airport

    by traveldave Updated May 20, 2014

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    Chicago's second airport, Midway International Airport (MDW) is served by many low-cost airlines that connect to many American cities. Some airlines serve Mexico and the Caribbean. The airport is seven miles (11 kilometers) southwest of the Loop.

    Airlines serving Midway International Airport: American Airlines, Atlantic Southeast Airlines, Comair, Delta Air Lines, Delta Connection, Frontier Airlines, Porter Airlines, Southwest Airlines, and United Airlines.

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    Chicago O'Hare International Airport

    by traveldave Updated Nov 13, 2013

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    One of the nation's most important hubs, Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD) is one of the busiest airports in the world. Not only does it handle hundreds of domestic flights on a daily basis, but it also is one of the major international gateways to the United States. The airport is located 17 miles (27 kilometers) northwest of the Loop. CTA trains run every five to ten minutes between O'Hare and downtown Chicago.

    Airlines serving Chicago O'Hare International Airport: Aer Lingus, AeroMexico, Air Berlin, Air Canada, Air Choice One, Air France, Air-India, Air Jamaica, Alaska Airlines, Alitalia, All Nippon Airways, American Airlines, American Eagle, Asiana Airways, Austrian Airlines, bmi British Midland, British Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways, Cayman Airways, Copa Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Etihad Airways, Grupo TACA, Hainan Airlines, Iberia, Iceland Express, Japan Airlines, jetBlue Airways, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Korean Air, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa German Airlines, Qatar Airways, Royal Jordanian Airlines, SAS-Scandinavian Airlines, SkyWest Airlines, Spirit Airlines, Swift Air, Swiss International Air Lines, Turkish Airlines, United Airlines, United Express, US Airways, USA3000 Airlines, Virgin America, and Volaris.

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    Metra

    by traveldave Updated Sep 22, 2012

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    When I lived in the Chicago area, I commuted to downtown Chicago on Metra, a commuter rail system that serves the six-county metropolitan area of northeastern Illinois, which is made up of Cook, Du Page, Kane, Lake, McHenry, and Will counties.

    Metra began operation in 1984, and since then has become the second-busiest commuter rail service in the United States, carrying almost 83,000,000 passengers per year. It operates 11 commuter rail lines, totaling 511 miles (822 kilometers), that provide service to 241 outlying stations in over 100 communities.

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    Chicago Free Trolley

    by ant1606 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Move around downtown Chicago by taking advantage of a convenient free trolley system. Several lines are coded by colored symbols.
    Take a map at Tourist Information located in the Chicago Cultural Center building on Michigan Ave. at Randolph St.

    Visit link herebelow for info.

    Chicago Free Trolley Map

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    Greater Peoria Regional Airport

    by traveldave Updated Apr 25, 2010

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    Greater Peoria Regional Airport (PIA), located four miles (six kilometers) southwest of downtown Peoria, serves the Peoria and Central Illinois region.

    Airlines serving Greater Peoria Regional Airport: Allegiant Air, American Eagle, Delta Air Lines, and United Express.

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    A good way to see Chicago's main attractions

    by Faiza-Ifrah Updated Mar 15, 2008

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    For over ten years Chicago Trolley and Double Decker Company has been offering their Hop On Hop Off City Sightseeing Tour to the city's most sought after shopping, dining and other attractions. It is a two hour, fully narrated entertaining and informative tour that covers 13 magnificent miles of Chicago's downtown and the Loop.

    It is a good way to get introduced to the City free from the hassle of parking.

    The offices are located at:

    615 W 41st St
    Chicago, IL 60609, United States

    A trolley
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    Mississippi Bridges

    by grandmaR Written Feb 11, 2008

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    One of the problems with approaching Illinois from the west is the Mississippi River. You must cross it to get to Illinois. It is still possible to cross the old fashioned way (by ferry). There is a ferry crossing just north of Ste. Genevieve that people use as a shortcut. But if you don't want to use the ferry, you have to use a bridge.

    There are multiple bridges in St. Louis. And there is also a bridge in Cape Girardeau. But they were a good hour's travel north or south of where we were in Farmington. So we used the bridge at Chester (photo 3)

    Martin Luther King Bridge and Eads Bridge Poplar Street Bridge and MacArthur Bridge Il-150/Mo-51 Chester, Il From under the MacArthur Bridge Beside the bridge
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    Land of Lincoln

    by grandmaR Written Feb 11, 2008

    Each state has a different license plate, and people traveling through the country may be interested in how they differ from each other. The design in Illinois was decided by votes of more than 230,000 Illinoisans who voted for their favorite license plate design in the summer of 1999.

    In Illinois, when you register your car for the first time, you are issued two standard license plates. The registration for standard plates costs $78 per year to renew for cars and trucks weighing 8,000 pounds or less.

    There are specialty plates of course. There are environmental plates, plates commemorating colleges and fraternal organizations, Route 66, sports such as hunting and fishing, and various charitable organizations.

    It is interesting that there is a distinctive plate for organ donors - it is a dark color in contrast with the standard plants and most of the specialty plates.

    Illnois license plate America Remembers plate Environmental plate Sporting series Organ donor plate
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    Get Your Kicks on Route 66

    by Stephen-KarenConn Updated Oct 13, 2006

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    Perhaps the most legendary of all highways in the United States is U.S. Route 66, which ran from Chicago, Illinois, to Los Angeles, California. The highway doesn't exist any more and cannot be found on modern maps, having been replaced by modern interstate highways. However, many travelers with a taste for nostalgia and adventure still retrace the old path along two-lane roads.

    It takes a little detective work to follow the old route. It made a diagonal southwestward cut across Illiniois from Chicago to East St. Louis, passing through Gardner, Springfield, Bloomington, and many other towns and cities. Much of the old route is marked with brown and white Historic Route 66 signs such as the one pictured here.

    The website below is a great source for learning where to locate the historic highway. Many books are also available on Route 66.

    Historic Route 66 in Pontiac, Illinois
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    Chicago O'Hare Airport

    by ant1606 Written Jun 21, 2006

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    O'Hare is one of the busiest and efficient airports in the world, with modern and comfortable terminals and concourses.
    The domestic terminal is large enough to hold even a tall dinosaur skeleton mock-up!

    Chicago O'Hare Airport

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    Mississippi River ferry, Modoc - Ste. Genevieve MO

    by dlandt Updated Feb 1, 2006

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    This small ferry only costs four dollars to use and can handle four to eight vehicles at a time. I would have to say it is the smallest car ferry I have ever been on, consisting of a barge and tugboat. There aren't stay in your car rules or lessons in using a life preserver. It is a small, country ferry that takes you across the river at a point where there aren't any bridges.

    Modoc to Ste Genevieve Ferry The river view from the ferry Miyuki, Nina, and Lisa on the ferry
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    The Great River Road

    by dlandt Written Oct 18, 2005

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    The Great River road is a group of highways that parallel the Mississippi River, covering a lot of history and culture from some of the earliest days of settlement. Brown highway historical signs are interspersed with small towns and interesting things to see. This isn't as classic as the histoporic Route 66. it is more along the lines of the Circle lake tours. Other routes are the Lewis & Clark Trail, and the Lincoln something or other. Follow these signs to stay on the Great River Road.

    The Great River road
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    Chicago Cycling

    by ant1606 Written Jun 16, 2005

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    Chicago is a large city but, similarly to many other northamerican cities, its downtown is conveniently small enough to get by on bicycle. Traffic is not too heavy and bikers shouldn't receive much hassle, anyway I haven't seen too many.
    Racks such these in front of Millennium Park are kind of rare though, their functional design being very interesting.

    Chicago Bike Racks Weird bikes around Chicago
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    Chicago Cab

    by ant1606 Updated Jun 15, 2005

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    Moving around downtown is convenient by cab. Try to get rid of your own car and experience cab rides underneath the elevated train rails. You may even want to sing "Sweet Home, Chicago" while remembering the Blues Brothers movie....
    On N. Michigan Ave. between E. Randolph St. and E. Washington St. there's a ramp down to the underground parking and that's where we parked for good. It may be a little expensive but a good spot centrally located for sightseeing. Right underneath Millennium Park.

    Chicago Cab

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