Blue Line subway to O'Hare.
By far the cheapest way to get from O'Hare International Airport into town and vise-versa is to take the Blue Line subway. It takes about 40mins and is a mere US$1.50 compared to taking a shuttle (US$14) or a taxi ($US$30).
Don't worry, it's quite safe. But be sure to keep an eye on your valuables.
We rented a car to tour the...
We rented a car to tour the mid-west and we were not really supposed to drive within a big city...Basically Chicago is ok for driving, roads clearly show one-way or cross traffic and they are wide.
One thing that we discovered being a REAL SHAME...is the rate of downtown PARKINGS !!!! Chicago being the MOST EXPENSIVE PARKINGS we ever found in the world....Can you believe this ??? They charge up to 10 US$ an hour in some places...And I'm not talking about valet parking, just public ones.
If you stay in the suburbs and...
If you stay in the suburbs and want to travel into the city take the train. Metra has many lines that usually run on time that take you right into downtown. It will also be as cheap as driving considering having to battle traffic and if you park it will cost you anywhere from $10 and up to park at a lot or garage. Once in the city take a cab or walk, the bus system usually runs way late and the routes often zig zag through the city. If taking a cab know where you want to go and have a general idea of what direction you should be traveling. A lot of the cab drivers speak limited english and some may try to take you for a ride if they suspect you might not have a clue as to what is going on.
One of the Transportation hubs...
One of the Transportation hubs of the Country,its very easy to find a way into the city on lots of low fare air carriers like SouthWest,ATA or Frontier.Midway airport on the Southwest side is now going thru a huge renovation to further enhance the Low fare airlines presence in Chicago.Ohare airport is the worlds busiest and prepare yourself for delays.
Chicago has an extensive transit system with many buses and subways.I would suggest a car to get around
in the outer metro area and Public Trans in the City
to get around.
1. Plane. Chicago has two...
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 (tripsweb.rtachicago.com) 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 http://www.ci.chi.il.us/transportation/trolleys.
3, Another way to get around chicago are the water taxis (http://www.chicagotours.com). 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.
A plane, train, car or a bus.
If you can afford it - I recommend a limo:}, otherwise - depednding on one's budget, you have a choice: the underground (that travels above the ground) or buses.
Note that Chicago's transit is very good and dependable.
It depends where are you...
It depends where are you coming from. You can come by plain, or car, train or bus. From Europe I always come by plain; from NY I took a bus - it was a bit 'too much' as it took me 14 hours to get to Chicago!
The best if you have a car..
It's great to drive there if...
It's great to drive there if you're in North America. But Chicago is a pretty easy place to fly into/out of.
The ONLY way to get around Illinois is to drive. Of course in my humble opinion that goes for the US, as well. There's nothing quite like taking a two lane highway through a vast expanse of corn fields and coming up behind a guy on a tractor going 35 miles an hour, completely oblivious to everything except himself and the tractor, and then stopping in Gridly or Hudson to go to an eccentric antique shop or country craft shop and then stopping for a coke at the amaco or a cone at the dairy barn...
Fly in or take a train.
The car is best outside of downtown Chicago. While you are downtown take a cab-parking is expensive.
BEWARE-SPRING IS HERE AND SO IS CONSTRUCTION AROUND HERE! IF YOU DON'T CAUGHT IN CONSTRUCTION YOU MUST NOT BE IN CHICAGO!
Some train station entrances, like Van Buren Street, are fashioned as those in Paris, France.
Visit link for info.
parking is a major hassle...don't drive unless you absolutely have to. otherwise, you'll be driving around for quite a while looking for a parking spot
When exploring downtown don't...
When exploring downtown don't forget to hop on the water bus.
This is a fun and inexpensive way to get to know the city. A guided tour of Chicago's waterways.
If you come to Chicago by...
If you come to Chicago by train, inadvertently you will find yourself downtown at the Union Station.
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