Traveling to Chicago

...best ways to get to, and get around Chicago

Thinking about traveling to Chicago? there are many ways to travel here and traveling to Chicago could be a mini vacation in itself (depending how you plan to get here).

Taking a plane is the easiest way to get here but not really that exciting, but of course, you might have to take a plane if you are coming from another country.


Then there is by car or bus, both these transportations are a little more exciting because you are able to see all the different towns on the way to Chicago.

But, out of all the ways to get to the city, I would say taking a train would be the most exciting because you get to relax the whole way there and still be able to see a lot of great scenery.



By Air

Everyday there are cheap flights traveling to Chicago from all over the world.

To get to Chicago by air you will be arriving at the Chicago O'Hare Airport (ORD) located 20 miles (32 kilometers) northwest of downtown Chicago.

You can also use Chicago Midway Airport (MDW) which can be found 10 miles (16 kilometers) southwest of Chicago City Centre, and next to the suburbs of Burbank and Clearing.

From O'Hare and Midway it's a beautiful view of the city, especially on a nice day. Having two giant airports and direct flights from about 270 cities in the United States and abroad, Chicago is a very easy city to get to.

There are many services for you to take advantage of when you arrive at either airport. There are car rentals, taxis, shuttle services, major hotels, bus services, and CTA train services.

Of all the ways to get downtown, the fastest and cheapest way is on the Chicago Transit Authority elevated trains.



By Train

It's a road trip, either by driving by car or taking a bus to Chicago, but I think the most relaxing and stylish way is traveling to Chicago and arriving by a train.


Chicago trains.

The AmTrak train service serves Chicago and most of the continental United States.

All Amtrak trains arrive and depart from Union Station, which is on the western edge of downtown. (225 S. Canal St.)

Just trying to get around town? The Metra Rail Trains operate 12 surface train lines serving the six-county area which then hub into downtown Chicago.

These trains arrive and depart from :

  • Union Station (225 S. Canal St.)
  • Ogilvie Transportation Center (500 W. Madison St.)
  • LaSalle Station (414 S. LaSalle St.)
  • Millennium Station (Michigan Avenue)

Traveling around Chicago is simple and quick, thanks to these train services, Chicago buses, and "L" trains/subways, which all operate 24 hours a day in Chicago.



By Car or Bus

Of the two, I would rather take a car because then you have the freedom to stop when you want and experience the smaller towns and eat at the local restaurants and diners.

There is a network of highways and expressways that will get you downtown very quickly except, of course, if it's rush hour, which is usually around 6:30-9:30 a.m. and 5:00-7:00 p.m.

If you are planning on spending most of your time downtown, then you should leave your car at your hotel and take advantage of the public transportation, it will save you a lot of problems and money.

The main bus service is Greyhound Bus Station and it is located at 630 W. Harrison St.

Greyhound also has stations at the CTA Red Line stop at 95th Street and at the CTA Blue Line stop at Cumberland Avenue.