Greater Peoria Regional Airport
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.
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 Free Trolley
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.
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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.Related to:
The Great River Road
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.Related to:
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Mississippi River ferry, Modoc - Ste. Genevieve MO
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.Related to:
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A good way to see Chicago's main attractions
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 StatesRelated to:
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Quad City International Airport
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: AirTran Airways, American Airlines, American Eagle, Delta Connection, and United Express.
Chicago O'Hare Airport
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!
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Get Your Kicks on Route 66
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.Related to:
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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.
Midway International Airport
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: AirTran Airways, American Airlines, Atlantic Southeast Airlines, Comair, Delta Air Lines, Delta Connection, Frontier Airlines, Porter Airlines, Southwest Airlines, and United Airlines.
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..
Chicago O'Hare International Airport
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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