Travel to Chicago

To and from the airport

Chicago is served by two major airports – O’Hare and Midway

O’Hare

O’Hare Airport  is an airport located 17 miles (27 km) northwest of the Chicago Loop. The airport is connected to Chicago by train using the Blue Line of Chicago ‘L’. It runs 24 hours a day.

Blue Line train service operates via elevated and subway from O’Hare (on the northwest side of Chicago) to downtown, then continues through the west side of the city to Oak Park and Forest Park. The normal travel time on the Blue Line from O’Hare to downtown, is 40-45 minutes.

Blue Line trains run 24 hours a day, seven days a week; and all trains leaving the O’Hare station go through downtown.

A free transfer is available to connecting CTA train lines at designated stations. See the Blue Line Route Guide or Maps for connection information.

To make a paid transfer, such as to a bus route, you’ll need a Ventra Card or Ventra Ticket with fare or a pass, or to pay with a personal contactless bankcard (onto which you can load fare or passes at machines).

Getting to the Blue Line from Terminals 1, 2 or 3

If you’re coming from domestic and international flights arriving at Terminals 1, 2 or 3, follow signs in the airport to “CTA Trains” or “Trains to City.” These will lead you to the train station. You can walk from the baggage claim to the train in under ten minutes from any of these three terminals.

Getting to the Blue Line from Terminal 5

If you’re coming from international flights that land in Terminal 5, follow signs to the Airport Transit System (ATS). Ride the next train to Terminal 2 and exit the train at the station. Then, follow signs to “CTA Trains” or “Trains to City.”

(Note: There is no Airline Terminal 4 at O’Hare.)

Midway

Chicago Midway International Airport is a commercial airport on the southwest side of Chicago, Illinois, eight miles from the Loop.

The CTA Orange Line provides service directly to Midway Airport.

The fully-accessible Midway station is right next to the airport terminal building, and connected by an enclosed walkway.

About the CTA Orange Line ‘L’

Orange Line train service operates from Midway (on the southwest side of Chicago) to downtown via elevated tracks. (Once reaching downtown, trains travel clockwise around the Loop and then make all stops back to Midway.) The normal travel time to downtown from Midway is 20-25 minutes.

Service operates all day, every day, except during overnight hours (roughly 1 am to 4am) or after 11 pm on Sundays. Alternate overnight (“owl”) service is available via the N62 Archer bus.

A free transfer is available to connecting CTA train lines at designated stations. See the Orange Line Route Guide or Maps for connection information.

To make a paid transfer, such as to a bus route, you’ll need a Ventra Card or Ventra Ticket with fare or a pass, or to pay with a personal contactless bankcard (onto which you can load fare or passes at machines).

Getting to the Orange Line from the Midway Airport Terminal Building

The fully-accessible Midway station is situated just east of the airport terminal building and is connected to the airport via an enclosed walkway.

Follow the signs to “CTA Trains” or “Trains to City” from the airport. An orange line painted on the ground will guide you there.

To find out more information about the two airports that serve Chicago, please visit http://www.flychicago.com/pages/landingpage.asp