Travel to Chicago
GETTING HERE BY PLANE
O'Hare International Airport, located 17 miles from downtown, is one of the largest airports in the world. It is North America's major international gateway airport, servicing over 67 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 60 destinations.
Please Note: Both airports offer plentiful taxi service to downtown and the suburbs. Rates range from $40-50 from O'Hare, and $30-40 from Midway. Rates vary based on travel time and are subject to change.
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.
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.
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).
GETTING HERE BY BUS
Greyhound 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 has served more than 22 million customers throughout more than 120 cities across North America.
The Chicago Transit Authority operates the nation’s second largest public transportation system. On an average weekday, 1.6 million rides are taken on CTA. The CTA is a regional transit system that serves 35 suburbs, in addition to the City of Chicago, and provides 81 percent of the public transit trips in the six-county Chicago metropolitan area either with direct service or connecting service to Metra and Pace. You can plan your trip around the city on their website: https://www.transitchicago.com/
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. https://www.amtrak.com/home.html
Arro connects passengers with traditional taxi cabs through the Arro smartphone app. Their local partners (taxi companies) set the fares, so prices will vary depending on location. Arro technology is directly integrated into the cabs to make it easier for drivers to accept rider requests without having to fumble for their smartphones. When your taxi ride is over your payment will be taken directly through the Arro app so you do not need to carry cash.
Curb, formerly Taxi Magic, is an on-demand car service that hails an existing traditional taxi through the Curb smartphone app. Unlike rideshare companies, such as Uber and Lyft, which hail a peer-driven car, the Curb app will hail a traditional licensed taxi or professional for hire car. With Curb, you can either request your car when you need one through the app or you can hail a taxi off the street. If you choose to hail one off the street, simply turn on your Curb app once you are inside the taxi and pay for your ride through the Curb platform. Curb's local partners (taxi companies and private for hire cars) set the fares, so prices will vary depending on location. Curb does add a $2 fee to each ride for using their app. The app allows you to either pay via credit card or cash.
Lyft is an on-demand, peer to peer, ridesharing service that connects passengers who need a ride with available drivers in the community. Lyft's tagline is "your friend with a car" as the drivers use their own personal cars for picking up passengers. Lyft cars are available to be hailed through the Lyft smartphone app. Once a Lyft driver is requested through the Lyft app, the rider will be able to track their driver through the app and will receive a notification when their ride has arrived! The app provides a cashless payment process by charging all Lyft rides to an on file credit card attached to your account.
Please Note: Lyft enacts prime time surge pricing during peak travel times. If prime time pricing is in effect, Lyft will always notify you before you request.
Uber is the largest (and most well known) on-demand car service in the world. The Uber app allows users to request a ride via their Android or iPhone. Once a driver is signaled through the app, it usually takes less than 10 minutes for a car to arrive at your door. During this brief wait period, Uber allows you to track the car's location so you know exactly when to expect its arrival. The app provides a cashless payment process by charging all Uber rides to an on file credit card attached to your account.
Please Note: Uber enacts surge pricing during peak travel times. If surge pricing is in effect, Uber will always notify you before you request.