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GETTING TO CHICAGO

TRAVELING HERE VIA PLANE, AUTOMOBILE, OR TRAIN

Situated squarely in the center of the country, Chicago is easily accessible from virtually everywhere. Thanks to thousands of flight options at two international airports, six class-one railroads, a vast network of major highways and a wide variety of airlines, it is one of the most cost-competitive and convenient cities for domestic and international travel.

 


GETTING HERE BY PLANE

O'Hare International Airport, located 17 miles from downtown, is one of the most connected airports in the world. It is North America's major international gateway airport, with more flight operations than any other airport, servicing over 83 million passengers to and from over 200 destinations around the globe.

Midway International Airport is located 10 miles from downtown Chicago and offers another convenient travel option for visitors.  It is the nation's premier point-to-point airport, offering value-oriented leisure and business travel to over 80 destinations.

Visit flychicago.com for details on parking, amenities, flight status, terminal maps and more for both O'Hare and Midway airports.

Transit to/from Chicago’s Airports

O’Hare and Midway are easily accessible by train (CTA), taxi, rideshare, and shuttle bus. These options connect Chicago's visitors to award-winning restaurants, five-star hotels, over 600 parks, 77 unique community areas, and Chicago's iconic lakefront.

The Chicago Transit Authority serves both airports for easy and economical travel between downtown and Chicago neighborhoods using the 'L' train.  The 24-hour CTA Blue Line connects directly to O'Hare and the CTA Orange Line connects directly to Midway. Read more on getting around Chicago with public transportation or visit transitchicago.com/airports for full fare information and maps.

Both airports offer plentiful taxi service to downtown and the suburbs. Rates range from $40-50 from O'Hare, and $30-40 from Midway. Taxi stands are located on the arrivals level of each terminal. Rates vary based on travel time and are subject to change.

Rideshare companies offer service to and from both of Chicago’s airports. Refer to rideshare applications to hail a driver and for rideshare rates. Rideshare pick-up locations are as follows:

  • Midway
    • Lower Level Outside of Baggage Claim, Door 4.
       
  • O’Hare
    • Terminal 1 & Terminal 2 - Upper Level outside Door 2A  
    • Terminal 3 - Upper Level outside Door 2E
    • Terminal 5 - Lower Level outside Door 5C

GO Airport Express provides shared ride services to all downtown/suburban hotels and many businesses. Pair fares and group discounts are available along with customized reservation portals for groups.

Rental cars are also available at both O'Hare and Midway Airports. A majority of rental car companies operate from each Airport’s consolidated rental car facility. Please visit specific rental company websites for details and reservations.  

Limousine and chauffer agencies prefer that all customers reserve cars at least 48 hours in advance although cars can occasionally be ordered with a two-hour notice. Click here for a list of available transportation services.

 


GETTING HERE BY CAR

With its central geographic location and status as a hub for major interstates, Chicago is convenient to drive to from every region in the country. In fact, more than 20 million people live within a three-hour drive of the city.

Average Drive Times to Chicago

Chicago is accessible via several major interstates and highways: I-90 (Kennedy Expressway), I-94 (Dan Ryan Expressway), I-55 (Stevenson Expressway), I-290 (Eisenhower Expressway), I-294 (Tri-State Tollway).  

Use this fully-interactive parking map to search for parking options in downtown Chicago.

 


GETTING HERE BY BUS

Greyhound Lines, Inc. is the largest provider of intercity bus transportation, serving more than 3,800 destinations with 13,000 daily departures across North America. Greyhound has five metro-Chicago locations, including two 24-hour stations and 20 express routes to major US cities.

Megabus.com is the first, low-cost, express bus service to offer city-to-city travel for as low as $1 via the Internet. Since launching in April 2006, megabus.com has served more than 22 million customers throughout more than 120 cities across North America.

 


GETTING HERE BY TRAIN

Amtrak serves Chicago with about 50 trains arriving and departing daily. With 21,000 route miles in 46 states, the District of Columbia and three Canadian provinces, the national rail operator Amtrak offers more than 300 trains each day—at high speeds up to 150 mph—to more than 500 destinations.

Metra is the commuter rail agency serving Cook, DuPage, Will, Lake, Kane and McHenry counties in the Chicago area. It is the sister agency to the Chicago Transit Authority, which provides mass transit rail (the “L”) and bus service to Chicago and some suburbs, and Pace, which provides bus service primarily in the suburbs. Metra serves more than 100 communities with 241 stations on 11 lines running from Chicago’s downtown. Click on an online system map to see route and station locations.

The South Shore Line services Chicago through Northern Indiana to the South Bend Airport. If you are planning a trip involving a large group like a school function please call for groups rates 219-874-4221 ext. 245 at least one month prior to your date of travel.

 


GETTING HERE BY MOTORCOACH

Click here to access parking information, resources and drive times for visiting Chicago by motorcoach.