Traveling to Chicago

Getting there by plane

O'Hare International Airport, located 17 miles from downtown, is one of the largest airports in the world. 

Midway International Airport is located 10 miles from downtown Chicago and offers another convenient travel option for visitors.  

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


Taxi, Limo and Rental Cars

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. Many major car rental companies have facilities at the O'Hare and Midway Airports, including Avis, Alamo, Budget and Hertz. Please visit specific rental company websites for details.  

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.

GO Airport Express offers airport shuttle services between Chicago area locations and O'Hare and Midway Airports.  Efficient, safe, and economical airport shuttles depart from O'Hare and Midway Airports every 15 minutes for Chicago downtown and many suburban locations. Please click here  to make your airport shuttle reservation(s), or call 1-800-284-3826 and reference ‘HBA-2014’ (all one word) for a 10% discount.

‘L’ train

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. Visit transitchicago.com/airports for full fare information and maps.

Getting there 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).  

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

Getting there 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.

Getting there by train

Amtrak  serves Chicago with about 50 trains arriving and departing daily.

The South Shore Line services Chicago through Northern Indiana to the South Bend Airport.