Getting to Chicago
With two international airports, a major train hub, and a web of interstate highways, there's not shortage of transportation options for getting to Chicago.
Chicago has two major airports, O'Hare and Midway. O'Hare is located north-west of the city and is considered to be one of the busiest airports in the world. Midway is much smaller in comparison and is located on the south-side. The cheapest way to get to the city from both airports is by CTA train, or the "L" as we call it in Chicago. The Blue Line train connects to O'Hare ($5.00 one-way from the airport), and the Orange Line train connects to Midway ($2.25 one-way). Of course, you can also take a taxi (around $40 dollars one-way depending on traffic etc). See more information on taking the CTA trains between airports.
If you're driving to Chicago, chances are you'll take Interstate 90, 290, 55, or 94 into the city. Once you arrive, Chicago's "grid" street system makes it pretty easy to navigate, but parking can be expensive ($20-$30 per day in a parking garage). (If you're staying in a hotel, check with them about parking options). Paid street parking is available for $2/hr in most areas of the city, and many areas have free street parking during the weekend. Keep your eye out for "permit-parking only" signs - they require your car has a special permit to park there. It's always best to read the street signs in order to avoid any unexpected tickets or getting your car towed.
Tip: Depending on the length of your stay, consider taking advantage of one of the many Park & Ride stations the CTA offers and avoid the hassle of having your car in the city. This allows you to park your car and take train (the "L") into the city. Rates run around $5 for 12 hours, but vary by location. See more information on CTA Park & Ride stations.
Megabus & Greyhound are the two most popular motorcoach services traveling to and from Chicago. Megabus picks up and drops off downtown across the street from Union Station (225 South Canal Street), Chicago's Amtrak station. Megabus is a simple, low-cost solution for regional travel. Chicago's Greyhound station is located at 630 West Harrison Street. If you have the choice, ride Megabus. Both Megabus and Greyhound are located near the Clinton Blue Line stop. You can take the Blue Line to the west side of the city to neighborhoods like Wicker Park, Bucktown, Ukranian Village, Logan Square and more, or connect to other train lines that service the north and south sides of the city.
With almost 50 trains arriving and departing on a daily basis, Chicago is a major train hub of the Midwest. Serviced by Amtrak, the train is a popular way to get to the city if you're traveling within the region or across the country. Book your ticket here.