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Arriving At ORD

Sat Jan 31, 2004 11:36 am

If I'm arriving at ORD on a Thursday night at 7:17 on an AA flight from DFW, is it reasonable to expect to be able to collect my baggage, catch the subway to the city, and be on an 8:35pm Metra train from the Madison St. Station?

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RE: Arriving At ORD

Sat Jan 31, 2004 12:12 pm

It will be almost impossible to accomplish that unless your bag is the first one off the plane, the CTA train is waiting when you get downstairs and there isn't any snow falling.
This is from many years of experience arriving home at ORD from meetings in DFW.

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RE: Arriving At ORD

Sat Jan 31, 2004 12:33 pm

If things went like clockwork, the flight came in early, you happen to be an olympic decathalon champ and the stars are all alligned in the right order, you probably still won't make it....sorry
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RE: Arriving At ORD

Sat Jan 31, 2004 12:41 pm

The blue line takes about 45 minutes to get from O'Hare to the Clark & Lake station, so it would be extremely tight as has been mentioned.
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RE: Arriving At ORD

Sat Jan 31, 2004 1:25 pm

Just let me say...if you make it then you better buy yourself a powerball ticket along the way because you have some pretty damn good luck!


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RE: Arriving At ORD

Sat Jan 31, 2004 2:15 pm

I live downtown and always catch the Blue line from Clark and Lake. As Dia77 said, it's right at 45mins from ORD to the Clark and Lake station stop. Back in Dec, I was on a UA flt in from CLE and while we were on the ground at the scheduled arrival time, there was so much congestion, that we were on the ground for another 35mins before making it to the gate. So hopefully you won't run into that delay. Had you been flying into MDW, your chances may have been a little better. Less congestion on the ground and it's only an approximate 25mins to downtown on the CTA Orange line. Though a little more of a hassle getting to the train from the terminal when compared to ORD.

Not sure where you are headed to via Metra, but the trains usually run every half hr. Here's a link to their website which you may find useful
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RE: Arriving At ORD

Sat Jan 31, 2004 5:20 pm

Thanks for all the feedback. AASilverbird, I'm headed up to Evanston. I checked the schedules, and there's a train every hour. Given that, I'll probably just take the CTA train all the way up to Davis St.
Thanks again!


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