tbar220
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Traveller's Help In Chicago

Wed Oct 02, 2002 5:56 am

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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RE: Traveller's Help In Chicago

Wed Oct 02, 2002 6:02 am


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.
 
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RE: Traveller's Help In Chicago

Wed Oct 02, 2002 6:09 am

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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RE: Traveller's Help In Chicago

Wed Oct 02, 2002 6:15 am

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

No you will be fine there
 
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RE: Traveller's Help In Chicago

Wed Oct 02, 2002 6:18 am

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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RE: Traveller's Help In Chicago

Wed Oct 02, 2002 6:23 am


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.

 
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RE: Traveller's Help In Chicago

Wed Oct 02, 2002 6:37 am

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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RE: Traveller's Help In Chicago

Wed Oct 02, 2002 6:46 am


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

Have a good trip.
 
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RE: Traveller's Help In Chicago

Wed Oct 02, 2002 7:13 am

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.
 
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RE: Traveller's Help In Chicago

Wed Oct 02, 2002 11:01 am

Tbar, when exactly are you travelling and at what time?
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RE: Traveller's Help In Chicago

Wed Oct 02, 2002 11:13 am

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

This is the neighborhood 7-57 was talking about. Oh yeah, and I live there.
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RE: Traveller's Help In Chicago

Wed Oct 02, 2002 12:08 pm

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.


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RE: Traveller's Help In Chicago

Wed Oct 02, 2002 12:26 pm

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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RE: Traveller's Help In Chicago

Wed Oct 02, 2002 1:21 pm

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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RE: Traveller's Help In Chicago

Thu Oct 03, 2002 1:23 am


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.

 
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RE: Traveller's Help In Chicago

Thu Oct 03, 2002 1:40 am

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
 
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RE: Traveller's Help In Chicago

Thu Oct 03, 2002 1:55 am

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.
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tbar220
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RE: Traveller's Help In Chicago

Thu Oct 03, 2002 3:15 am

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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RE: Traveller's Help In Chicago

Thu Oct 03, 2002 6:18 am

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
 
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RE: Traveller's Help In Chicago

Thu Oct 03, 2002 9:27 am

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?
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RE: Traveller's Help In Chicago

Thu Oct 03, 2002 11:54 am

Blue Line "L" train pulling into ORD.

 
trickijedi
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RE: Traveller's Help In Chicago

Thu Oct 03, 2002 12:17 pm

Hey Lortab, that plane is headed for the Alpha Papa Hotel intersection. You must have been on a United flight.
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RE: Traveller's Help In Chicago

Thu Oct 03, 2002 12:20 pm

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
 
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RE: Traveller's Help In Chicago

Fri Oct 04, 2002 12:14 am

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!
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RE: Traveller's Help In Chicago

Fri Oct 04, 2002 10:12 am

Trickijedi,

Yep, I was on a United A320.

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