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ORD To MDW, How Much Time Should I Plan?  
User currently offlinewilco737 From Greenland, joined Jun 2004, 8997 posts, RR: 76
Posted (3 years 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 6456 times:
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Hi guys,

I am arriving at ORD at 2pm and the flight from MDW leaves around 7pm. Is that enough time for connection?

How long does it take to immigrate in ORD and then get down to MDW?

Any feedback and help is appreciated.

wilco737
  


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User currently offlineHT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6525 posts, RR: 23
Reply 1, posted (3 years 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 6448 times:

http://www.transitchicago.com/riding_cta/airports.aspx

Official times:
45 minutes ORD to L,
25 minute L to MDW

Quoting wilco737 (Thread starter):
How long does it take to immigrate in ORD

Limited experience here, but was quick enough to leave no negative memory and to reach my onward connection (from another concourse at ORD).

With 5 hours to make this connection you would be able to have a quick peek around the compact city´s center before heading out to MDW.
-HT



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User currently offlinewilco737 From Greenland, joined Jun 2004, 8997 posts, RR: 76
Reply 2, posted (3 years 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 6447 times:
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Quoting HT (Reply 1):
Official times:
45 minutes ORD to L,
25 minute L to MDW

Yes, that's what I found as well. And there is even a direct shuttle between ORD and MDW which takes roughly an hour.

So I guess I will be fine if my flight to ORD is on time  
Quoting HT (Reply 1):
With 5 hours to make this connection you would be able to have a quick peek around the compact city´s center before heading out to MDW.
-HT

Yeah, maybe.

Thanks.

wilco737
  



It it's not Boeing, I am not going.
User currently offlinecubsrule From United States of America, joined May 2004, 22924 posts, RR: 20
Reply 3, posted (3 years 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 6435 times:

Quoting HT (Reply 1):
Official times:

I'd plan for an hour and a half to two hours on public transportation to be safe. The shuttle can be much quicker than that or no quicker depending on rather fickle Chicago traffic.



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User currently offlinewilco737 From Greenland, joined Jun 2004, 8997 posts, RR: 76
Reply 4, posted (3 years 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 6422 times:
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Quoting cubsrule (Reply 3):
I'd plan for an hour and a half to two hours on public transportation to be safe.

Then I have enough time.

Quoting cubsrule (Reply 3):
The shuttle can be much quicker than that or no quicker depending on rather fickle Chicago traffic.

It is not too expensive. 'only' $16 each... Coule be worse.

wilco737
  



It it's not Boeing, I am not going.
User currently offlineRamblinMan From United States of America, joined Oct 2010, 1138 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (3 years 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 6380 times:

Do not bother with the shuttle. Using the L is actually surprisingly tolerable, will only set you back $2.25, and likely won't take much longer at that time of day. 90 minutes should do it, including the transfer. Take the blue line from O'Hare (it only goes one way from there) and get off at Clark, follow the signs to transfer to orange line (also only goes one direction from there), then ride that to the end of the line.

I'd say you're quite fine on time unless you're more than an hour late arriving, then it might get tight.


User currently offlinewilco737 From Greenland, joined Jun 2004, 8997 posts, RR: 76
Reply 6, posted (3 years 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 6374 times:
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Quoting RamblinMan (Reply 5):

Many thanks for that.

We will decide on short notice if to go by train or shuttle. Depending if our flight is on time and when we got through immigration.

wilco737
  



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User currently offlineWROORD From United States of America, joined Mar 2009, 953 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (3 years 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 6326 times:

Immigration lines vary by the time of day, but on average take about an hour. It takes about 45 min from ORD on the "L" (blue line) to get to the loop - add 15 min for the transfer from Int. Terminal 5 to Terminal 2 (closest to the "L" station). Transfer point to MDW (orange line) is Clark/Lake Station. Keep in mind the blue line is underground and the orange iis above the ground. Once on the orange line you need about 25-30 to get to MDW. MDW has one security entry area and at times it can be busy - get to the far right side as it branches out at the end, so it is the fastest to go through.

User currently offlinecopter808 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 1083 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (3 years 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 6280 times:

What date do you plan to arrive in Chicago?

User currently offlinePGNCS From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 2821 posts, RR: 45
Reply 9, posted (3 years 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 6264 times:

Quoting wilco737 (Reply 4):
Quoting cubsrule (Reply 3):
I'd plan for an hour and a half to two hours on public transportation to be safe.

Then I have enough time.

Wilco: I agree with other posters that five hours is way more than enough time. 2 PM is a decent time to arrive traffic-wise, and if anything no matter which mode of transportation you choose you will likely end up waiting a while somewhere. If you are very bold you could venture to downtown, but you wouldn't have time to see much. If anything have one single thing you want to see and do that. My favorite thing in the city is the Museum of Science and Industry which has the U-505. It's an amazing and sobering experience to walk through.

Whatever you decide I hope you have a great trip, and you should relax about the connection; it's a piece of cake!  


User currently onlineBeardown91737 From United States of America, joined Jun 2011, 531 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (3 years 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 6224 times:

Did this a couple weeks ago.

45/25 is accurate although the O'Hare to Downtown leg has potential for a few minutes delay. Also add in about 10 minutes to get upstairs from the Subway to the Loop "L" station. Then you can have another 10 minutes or so waiting for the next train.

There are elevators to get from the subway to the L which will be easier for carrying baggage. If you do leave the train system, you will probably have to pay a new fare, but I am no longer local in that area so I am not 100% sure about that.

The fare is $2.25 and you will need to use cash to dispense a fare card. The minimum for using a credit card or ATM card is $5. The smallest bill I had was $5 so I overpaid for the single ride, but it is good for about 15 months for the remaining value.



135 hrs PIC (mostly PA-28) - not current. Landings at MDW, PIA, JAN.
User currently offlinewilco737 From Greenland, joined Jun 2004, 8997 posts, RR: 76
Reply 11, posted (3 years 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 6167 times:
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Quoting copter808 (Reply 8):
What date do you plan to arrive in Chicago?

August 17th.

Quoting PGNCS (Reply 9):
I agree with other posters that five hours is way more than enough time.

That sounds good.

Quoting PGNCS (Reply 9):
If anything have one single thing you want to see and do that. My favorite thing in the city is the Museum of Science and Industry which has the U-505. It's an amazing and sobering experience to walk through.

Nah, won't do that. Have been to Chicago about 10 times so far  So it is just for the connection as I fly out of DUS and there was only YYZ, ORD and EWR and ORD was the winner here 
Quoting PGNCS (Reply 9):
t's a piece of cake!  

Good to hear. I like it when things go smooth. Now LH only has to be on time 
Quoting Beardown91737 (Reply 10):

Thanks for your input as well. Very detailed and helpful. Cheers!

wilco737
  



It it's not Boeing, I am not going.
User currently offlinecopter808 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 1083 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (3 years 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 6069 times:

Quoting wilco737 (Reply 11):
Quoting copter808 (Reply 8):
What date do you plan to arrive in Chicago?

August 17th.

I saw this on the afternoon of the 17th, but I was working anyway. Originally thought maybe I could meet you at ORD and drive you to MDW. Maybe nect time you come through here!


User currently offlinewilco737 From Greenland, joined Jun 2004, 8997 posts, RR: 76
Reply 13, posted (3 years 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 5970 times:
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Quoting copter808 (Reply 12):
I saw this on the afternoon of the 17th, but I was working anyway. Originally thought maybe I could meet you at ORD and drive you to MDW. Maybe nect time you come through here!

Thanks. But it all worked out perfectly. Pretty easy...

But never ever order a Burger at Illinois Bar & Grill at MDW airport! Such a greasy, disgusting burger... :S

wilco737
  



It it's not Boeing, I am not going.
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