Mainland From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 303 posts, RR: 0 Reply 1, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 3211 times:
About 2 years ago I traveled to ORD and took the subway into town. We stayed at a hotel near Wrigley Field, which took (as I recall) about 30-45 min to reach on the subway. As I recall you may need to transfer to a different line to reach downtown, but that may depend on where you want to go. The subway is really nice, especially the elevated trains, and I found it to be very safe.
I'm from Baltimore though, so any local opinion on top of this would be of help.
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Rduddji From Lesotho, joined Jun 2004, 1377 posts, RR: 3 Reply 2, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 3205 times:
Takes about 50 minutes. IIRC is costs about $1.75US. You can also buy a day pass for about $5. It's safe enough for me! See: transitchicago.com for details. Navigating the downtown loop can be somewhat tricky your first time...
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Isitsafenow From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4984 posts, RR: 25 Reply 3, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 3202 times:
Its old and noisy but it works. The running time from ORD to the loop(downtown Chicago is called the Loop) is about 30 or 40 minutes. That train is know as the "BLUE LINE". The "ORANGE LINE" goes to MDW airport.
The ORD station is someplace under the Hilton Hotel...just follow the signs.
I have taken the "train" numerous times from ORD to the loop and never a problem with the bad guys. Chicago police are at the stations and sometimes on the train in uniform and/or plainclothes.
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FriendlySkies From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 4072 posts, RR: 5 Reply 5, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 3177 times:
If you don't want to take the subway, there is a Metra station near the remote parking area. It runs to Union Station downtown I belive, but the subway is much easier to access. I'm not sure if they still run a bus from the ATS station in Lot E to Lot F, as I believe Lot F is now where they put towed cars. The Metra station is behind Lot F.
CcrlR From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 2212 posts, RR: 1 Reply 10, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 3094 times:
Take the Blue line to downtown and get off at one of the downtown stations. Is there a place Downtown that you are going to, the Blue line can take you there, you may have to change to a bus or another train to get to where you need to go. The metra runs at different times to and from that station, your best bet is the CTA. If you need to transfer, you may need US$2.00 to cover three transfers if you need to..
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Nudelhirsch From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 1438 posts, RR: 19 Reply 11, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 3035 times:
Done that trip several times now...
You pay 1,75$ for a single fare just to get downtown (Loop) or $2 if you want to transit to another train or bus, or the $5 Day-Pass for the CTA. The trains leave in terminal 1, CTA Blue Line.
The trip downtown (Thompson Center in the middle of the Loop...) takes about 45 minutes, from there you can connect to many other lines, especially going to the townships in the North and South.
A Cab costs you about $35 plus tip, a shuttle bus...don't know... So if you do not carry too much luggage, the El (our subway and elevated trains) is the best way I guess.
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Trickijedi From United States of America, joined May 2001, 3266 posts, RR: 5 Reply 14, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 3005 times:
The subway system (also called the EL) is very inexpensive (one price gets you as far as you need to go) and very convenient. When you board the CTA train, it actually starts off underground and then eventually emerges from the tunnel where you will be alongside the freeway for a little while and then goes back down again and then emerges again but this time the tracks will be elevated and you will actually be way above everyone.
S12PPL From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 15, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 3002 times:
The subway is GREAT from ORD!! A few years ago when my dad and I made our vacation in Chicago, we bought a pass that allowed us unlimited use of all of the busses and trains in Chicago. it was FANTASTIC! We didn't have to waste money on a rental car, and the busses and trains will take you anywhere in Chicago you need to go! It's clean, safe, and easy to use!
Cubsrule From United States of America, joined May 2004, 21779 posts, RR: 19 Reply 16, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2905 times:
Metra runs on weekdays during rush hour and with the commute (inbound in the morning and out in the afternoon). There's also an outbound train mid-afternoon and an inbound train which hits ORD around 4:30 PM. However, taking Metra requires a trip on the ATS followed by a bus ride and luggage and Metra are a bad combination.
Back to the original question- if you are arriving from BRU (or any other international location), you will arrive at Terminal 5. You'll need to take the people mover/ATS over to one of the domestic terminals (Terminal 2 is probably the best) and go downstairs to catch the EL. The advice you've gotten so far is quite true- the EL isn't the cleanest, but it is safe and reliable and should get you anywhere you need to go.
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StarCruiser From United States of America, joined May 2004, 301 posts, RR: 0 Reply 18, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 2841 times:
I wouldn't go to downtown Chicago (the Loop) any other way. It's way too easy to walk to the "L" station and get on. The fare is cheap, especially compared to what you would have to pay for a taxi and you're not at the mercy of rush hour traffic. I've often traveled to the transfer point and then switched to the red line to go north to Loyola University's Lake Shore Campus. Chicago has one of the best public transportation systems in the USA.
Leelaw From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 20, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 2827 times:
The "L" is the best way to go unless you're burdened with a lot of luggage, then the Airport Express vans are your best bet. Approx. $21 one way from ORD to Downtown Hotels or Corporate Condos in the "downtown area" (Loop, South Loop, Magnificent Mile, & Gold Coast).
Type-rated From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 4723 posts, RR: 20 Reply 21, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2750 times:
If architechture is your thing, you will certainly see lots of different styles from the "L". I especially like the part where you are passing literally inches from some houses windows! It is a great way to see Chicago!
There are colored maps on the walls of the stations (similar to the tube in London) indicating where each "color" train goes. See a station you want to go to? What color is the "line" going through it? Get on a train with that color. Simple!
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Trickijedi From United States of America, joined May 2001, 3266 posts, RR: 5 Reply 22, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2740 times:
Oh yeah I forgot to mention to you about luggage... if you have a lot of luggage then I wouldn't suggest taking the EL. it can be a pain in the ass since sometimes those trains can get pretty crowded, depending on what time you take it.
As someone mentioned, just take the Airpost Shuttle. But those shuttles will only take you to downtown hotels. Otherwise, there are plenty of taxis outside.
Enjoy your stay in Chicago.
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Psa188 From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 486 posts, RR: 20 Reply 23, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2715 times:
I also recommend the CTA service to anyone visiting Chicago. Unlike New York, you get a one-seat ride from ORD [and MDW] to downtown for the price of a regular transit fare. In New York, the Port Authority gouges transit customers an extra $5.00 [in addition to the regular transit fare] to use their stupid "airtrain".
Mexicana757 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 2999 posts, RR: 29 Reply 24, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2657 times:
Take the subway it gets you downtown fast. Like everyone else is saying it's cheap. I've done the trip many times. The train leaves from Terminal 2. underneath the hotel. If you need to transfer to other CTA trains, the Clark and Lake stop in downtown, you can transfer to the orange, green, brown and Purple lines. At Washington stop you can transfer to the Red line. Transfers within trains are free as long as you don't step out of the station.
I hope you have a good time here in Chicago. Enjoy your visit.