Chicago Transportation

The City of Chicago covers an area of 148,000 acres, so a good transportation system is essential. Chicago provides a variety of convenient transportation options including air, rail, bus, and by car. See Explore Chicago for more ways to get around downtown and Chicago’s surrounding areas.

With two major airports and direct flights from some 280 cities in the United States and abroad, Chicago is one of the easiest cities to get to in the United States. From the airports, the cheapest (and often fastest) way to get downtown is on the Chicago Transit Authority elevated (‘L’) trains. Follow the signs to the airport transit stations. Taxis, limousines and airport shuttle buses are also available at the airports.

Rental Cars

Alamo Rental
800-462-5266
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Avis Rent-A-Car
800-230-4898
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Budget Rental
800-527-0700
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Dollar Rental
800-800-4000
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Enterprise
877-881-5500
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Hertz Rental
800-654-3131
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National Car
800-227-7368
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Thrifty Rental
800-847-4389
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By Rail

Amtrak trains arrive and depart from Union Station, 225 S. Canal St., on the western edge of downtown.

Metra rail

Metra commuter trains serve several Chicago neighborhoods and hundreds of suburbs in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin. Trains arrive and depart from Union Station, 225 S. Canal St.; Ogilvie Transportation Center, 500 W. Madison St.; LaSalle Station, 414 S. LaSalle St.; and Millennium Station, Michigan Avenue between South Water and Randolph Streets. Tickets can be purchased at the train stations or on the train for an additional fee. Fares are based on the length of the trip.

By Bus

The main Greyhound Bus Station is at 630 W. Harrison St., within walking distance of the central downtown area. Greyhound also has stations at the CTA Red Line stop at 95th Street and at the CTA Blue Line stop at Cumberland Avenue. Some regional bus companies also depart from Union Station, 225 S. Canal St., on the western edge of downtown.

By Taxi

American United Cab
773-248-7600
Chicago, IL
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Checker Taxi Chicago
312-243-2537
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Chicago Suburban Taxi
630-652-0038
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Chicago Water Taxi
312-337-1446
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Going Green Limousine
773-295-5959
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Insight Limousine & Sedan
773-227-6903
Chicago, IL
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Sun Taxi
(773) 736-3883
Chicago, IL
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Uber Chicago
877-223-8023
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Yellow Cab Chicago
312-829-4222
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By Car

Chicago is served by a network of interstate highways, and the expressways will get you downtown quickly, except during Rush Hours, which are generally between 7 – 9:30 am and 4 – 7 pm. The City of Chicago’s interactive traffic website for comprehensive, real-time information for all Chicago roadways to help you plan your best route into the city. If you plan to spend much of your visit downtown, you may want to leave your car at the hotel and use public transportation.

Chicago Road Map

Interactive Map – You can zoom the map in or out using the +/- boxes in the left corner or left-click and slide the range of the map. Click “View Larger Map” at bottom for more information.


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