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Ease Of Getting Around ORD For A First Timer?  
User currently offlineKennedy1 From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 76 posts, RR: 0
Posted (10 years 5 months 17 hours ago) and read 2952 times:

I'm having a friend meet me in Chicago for an extended weekend. This will be her first time flying alone. She is flying AA which goes into T3, which is also where Blue Line departs from, then she will have to take Blue Line all the way downtown, then transfer to red line for another short ride. I've only been to Chicago once or twice and took a cab from ORD to downtown. From what I can remember it was fairly easy to navigation (plenty of signs, etc.) Any other words of advise? I've looked all over the OHare and CTA webpages and explained it as simply as I possibly can, but she is still VERY nervous! IMO it should be a fairly easy and straight forward trip.

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User currently offlineCubsrule From United States of America, joined May 2004, 23438 posts, RR: 21
Reply 1, posted (10 years 5 months 17 hours ago) and read 2928 times:

It's very easy. From baggage claim, she'll take the escalator or elevator down to the basement and head toward parking/CTA (the signs say "trains to city"), the only way she can go. Once she gets to the central "core," she'll have to bear toward T-2, but once she gets close to the CTA station it will be really obvious. She should have no trouble. Feel free to email me if you have questions.

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User currently offlineFriendlySkies From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 4123 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (10 years 5 months 16 hours ago) and read 2912 times:

ORD is packed with signs, so unless you can't see or read, you can find your way around. The L station is under the parking garage, I think you can access it directly from T3 though (according to O'Hare's website).

User currently offlineTrickijedi From United States of America, joined May 2001, 3266 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (10 years 5 months 10 hours ago) and read 2849 times:

Oh yeah, OHare is very easy to maeuver around. Signs are clearly visible and it's spacious enough so that when you get lost, you won't feel claustrophobic.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

You might want to go here http://www.flychicago.com/ohare/home.asp to familiarize yourself a bit. Also, do a search for previous posts about first timers to OHare. They're full of helpful info.

Enjoy your Chicago stay (while the weather is still nice).

Its better to be on the ground wishing you were in the air than be in the air wishing you were on the ground. Fly safe!
User currently offlineNudelhirsch From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 1438 posts, RR: 18
Reply 4, posted (10 years 5 months 8 hours ago) and read 2838 times:

Always stick for the CTA signs in the airport. The only part that could possibly be tricky is changing CTA trains in downtown or at the stations, as she should know the directions, where she should be heading...
Depending on what township she will be heading for, the combinaiton of bus/train might actually be easier.
There are some Chicagoans apart from me here, so feel free to approach us to get detailled info.
You can help her in advance, to tell her, what direction the train should follow, eg the Red Line Howard or Dan Ryan. Also the Blue and Red do not touch each other, so changing needs a walk in the Loop. If it is towards the Southside, she rather wants to take the Green, or Purple/Brown for North...
With a little help and preparation from you she should be able to find everything fine.
You can alse send me an email through my profile and I will be happy to help you guys finding the way.

[Edited 2004-09-01 08:28:30]

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User currently offlineCubsrule From United States of America, joined May 2004, 23438 posts, RR: 21
Reply 5, posted (10 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2802 times:

Actually, it's possible to transfer from Blue to Red at Washington and Dearborn downtown. She just needs to go down from the platform (a little counterintuitive), walk to the other end of the tunnel, and come up in the Washington/State stop on the Red Line. IIRC, this tunnel was recently renovated and is quite nice now. That's probably the most effecient way to do things if she is heading to River North or surrounding areas as it can be tough and is not always safe to catch a bus from some of the outlying stations along the Blue Line.

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User currently offline22right From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 420 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (10 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2781 times:

I have nothing more to add in terms of transit to Chicago from O'Hare than has been added above. After all of this info if she is STILL nervous about this, maybe she should just shell out the 30 plus bucks for a cab ride so she has some peace of mind.

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User currently offlineKennedy1 From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 76 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (10 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2766 times:

That's for all the info!

I've made it just about as clear as possible for her now. I think she's a little less nervous since the directions literally cannot get any more clear. Once she gets there and realizes how easy it really is she'll be relieved.

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