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User currently offlineTbar220 From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7013 posts, RR: 25
Posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 1315 times:

Hey guys, I need some help. I'll be taking the train into Chicago, and from there need to take the Blue Line train to O'Hare for my flight home to LAX. What I need to know from any of you Chicago area residents is how I can get from the Chicago train station to the Blue Line train station. Thank you.

I should, that I think the train station address in Chicago is:

Union Station
225 S. Canal St.
Chicago, IL 60661

Thanks


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User currently offlineCactusA319 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2918 posts, RR: 25
Reply 1, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 1307 times:


Hi:

Walk to the Clinton Ave. exit at Union Station. Once out on Clinton, walk SOUTH (towards the expressway) for about 3 blocks to the Blue Line Subway Station (the station you're looking for is the Clinton stop). It's right under the highway overpass. From there you can hop on the Blue Line and get to ORD in about 50 mins.

Hope that helps.


User currently offlineTbar220 From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7013 posts, RR: 25
Reply 2, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 1292 times:

So once inside Union station, will there be signs directing me to the "Clinton Ave. Exit"?

And don't mean to sound paranoid or snobby, but is it a safe neighboorhood to be walking through? I have no idea where Union Station in Chicago is.



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User currently offlineLOT767-300ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 1295 times:

You shouldnt be raped or murdered if thats what your askind Big grin

No you will be fine there


User currently offlineTbar220 From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7013 posts, RR: 25
Reply 4, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 1287 times:

Once in the Blue Line station, is it simple to get on the train that takes me to O'Hare? And about how much would it cost?


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User currently offlineCactusA319 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2918 posts, RR: 25
Reply 5, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 1285 times:


There are signs pointing to the street exits. The streets surrounding the station are Canal, Adams, Jackson, and Clinton. If you can't find ask someone.

Union Station is located in the West Loop area of downtown. It's pretty safe, mostly office buildings and such. I've walked through there dozens of times (I used to work across the street from Union). Once at the Blue Line station, you'll be able to find the train that goes to ORD (one side of the platform is O'Hare, the other is Forest Park and 54/Cermak.) The fare is $1.50.



User currently offlineTbar220 From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7013 posts, RR: 25
Reply 6, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 1293 times:

Thanks for all the help. I think I've got it covered.

First I take my train to Union Station. Then I take the Blue Line train from the Clinton Ave. Station three blocks south of Union Station. From what I checked, the trains leave every ten minutes for O'Hare and cost $1.50. Once I get to O'Hare, is it simple to get to my terminal (United Airlines)?



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User currently offlineCactusA319 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2918 posts, RR: 25
Reply 7, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 1280 times:


The Blue Line drops you with inside the airport. Just follow the signs to Terminal 1. Very easy.

Have a good trip.


User currently offlineSEVEN_FIFTY7 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 957 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 1284 times:

I think you should exercise extreme caution there. Chicago is known to have gangs of young Polish hooligans that go around snatching purses, harassing strangers and spraying graffiti everywhere they can. If you happen to stumble upon a neighborhood where you see nothing but billboards and signs written in Polish, you should run in the other direction.

Those people need to either find jobs or get locked up. Other than this problem, Chicago is a kool town.


User currently offlineTrickijedi From United States of America, joined May 2001, 3266 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 1261 times:

Tbar, when exactly are you travelling and at what time?


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User currently offlineKolobokman From Russia, joined Oct 2000, 1180 posts, RR: 6
Reply 10, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 1261 times:

Whatever you do, do not exit on Belmont avenue!!

This is the neighborhood 7-57 was talking about. Oh yeah, and I live there.
Do not forget to wave!

artiom



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User currently offlineMls515 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 3077 posts, RR: 9
Reply 11, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 1253 times:

For the CTA Blue Line Train, you might as well buy one of those cards and put $3 credit on it for both your trip out and back in.


Mike


User currently offlineTrickijedi From United States of America, joined May 2001, 3266 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 1264 times:

SEVEN_FIFTY7,
Well Chicago is known to be a little more notorious than that (ie. check out parts of the southside and the westside) in addition to what you mentioned.

Tbar,
Like Cactus said, it's mostly corporate buildings around that area so you should be alright. Also, be prepared to stand on the Blue Line train as it does get pretty crowded from downtown.



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User currently offlineTbar220 From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7013 posts, RR: 25
Reply 13, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 1259 times:

Trickijedi,

I'll be in Chicago on Sunday Dec. 22. My train arrives at 9:00 a.m., or at least is scheduled to. You in the area? Thanks for all the help guys.



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User currently offlineCactusA319 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2918 posts, RR: 25
Reply 14, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 1247 times:


Seven_Fifty7

You've got to be kidding.

Anyway this guy is going from downtown to the airport. He's not going to be roaming around in the 'hood.



User currently offlineHaveric From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1247 posts, RR: 4
Reply 15, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 1236 times:

I take the Blue Line from downtown to O'Hare fairly frequently and although convenient, it can be quite tedious -- there are a lot of stops... These days, I only take the train during rush hour when it zooms by bumper-to-bumper traffic on the Kennedy

User currently offlineTrickijedi From United States of America, joined May 2001, 3266 posts, RR: 4
Reply 16, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 1238 times:

Yes, I actually work around there. But if you're not leaving until Dec. 22 why don't you just email me during that time? I also go to church around there on Sundays so it looks like it may work out. And of course, I never mind going to the airport.


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 offlineTbar220 From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7013 posts, RR: 25
Reply 17, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 1233 times:

Trickijedi,

Sounds like an idea, you want to meet up on that sunday? It may work, but if you're going to church on that day, I dunno, cause my train arrives at nine in the morning. lemme know



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User currently offlineMexicana757 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 3047 posts, RR: 28
Reply 18, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 1239 times:

Oh the blue lines tends to make me sleepy when i ride it. heheh. So you might get sleepy on your way to ohare.  Big thumbs up


User currently offlineTrickijedi From United States of America, joined May 2001, 3266 posts, RR: 4
Reply 19, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 1223 times:

Yeah, I think it should work out. If you don't mind waiting at Union Station for me for about 15 minutes I can be there. I'll just be down the street. Dude, you gotta remind me though. Afterall, it's still a couple of months away. Just want to conform the date, Dec. 22 right?


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 offlineLortab 7.5mg From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 805 posts, RR: 11
Reply 20, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1214 times:

Blue Line "L" train pulling into ORD.



User currently offlineTrickijedi From United States of America, joined May 2001, 3266 posts, RR: 4
Reply 21, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1201 times:

Hey Lortab, that plane is headed for the Alpha Papa Hotel intersection. You must have been on a United flight.


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 offlineNational_757 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1199 times:

Ahhhhhhh, Chicago, my hometown, the greatest city on Earth! I moved out about 8 years ago but I have a soft spot for anything Chicago. I guess it's cause most of my family still lives there. I used to live by Harlem and Belmont. Sorry for going on and on, but hey, we are talking about Chicago here  Laugh out loud

Enjoy your trip Tbar220


User currently offlineTrickijedi From United States of America, joined May 2001, 3266 posts, RR: 4
Reply 23, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 1197 times:

I used to live by Harlem and Belmont.

Isn't there a White Castle around there? I used to spend my midnights there. Oh man, those were the days!



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 offlineLortab 7.5mg From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 805 posts, RR: 11
Reply 24, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 1170 times:

Trickijedi,

Yep, I was on a United A320.



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