Chicago Travel Tips
Chicago is served by two major airports, Chicago O’Hare Airport (ORD) and Chicago Midway Airport (MDW). Both are linked to public transportation. From O’Hare, take the Chicago Transit Authority’s Blue Line “L” train downtown; from Midway, take the Orange Line downtown. “L” fares are $2.25 each way, paid with a transit card that you can purchase at the station. Find more info at transitchicago.com. Taxis to downtown cost about $45 from O’Hare and $35 from Midway.
Parking is expensive in Chicago and parking spots can be scarce. The “L” trains and the buses are options to get around town. Info is available on transitchicago.com. Multi-day visitor passes are good for unlimited rides for one, three or seven days on CTA trains and buses. Otherwise, the CTA cash fare is $2.25 for adults and $1 for children ages 7 to 11. Kids under 7 ride free. Car sharing–with rentals by the hour–is available through I-GO (igocars.org) and Zipcar (zipcar.com).
Pick up maps and brochures at the Chicago Visitor Centers at the Chicago Water Works Pumping Station at 163 E. Pearson St. and the Chicago Cultural Center at 77 E. Randolph St. Also, check out the city’s tourism site at explorechicago.org, which has a wealth of information on events in the city. The city also offers free Chicago Greeter tours, led by enthusiastic residents, available through the Cultural Center.