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For a trip to Chicago, travel is easier than ever. This vacation destination is accessible by plan, train, or bus. Most major and minor airlines fly into either O'Hare or Midway. Pubic transportation serves both airports. Amtrak has daily trips to Chicago and lets passengers off at Union Station. Greyhound isn't the only bus company to be taken for Chicago travel. The Mega Bus (megabus.com) travels from Chicago to Columbus, Cleveland, Milwaukee, and St. Paul. The prices for the mega bus are extremely low. Be sure to reserve your seat as this is a first come, first serve basis.
You will never have to worry about transportation during your Chicago vacation. A Chicago trip is best enjoyed on foot and by using the city's excellent public transportation system. The CTA (Chicago Transit Authority, www.transitchicago.com) is the public transportation system serving the city. It consists of the "L" or El, and an elaborate network of buses. The El, an elevated train, is the quickest and cheapest mode of transportation between O'Hare International Airport ( www.ohare.com) and Midway Airport ( www.chicago-mdw.com) and the Loop downtown or anywhere in the city. The El is also a major Chicago landmark so your sightseeing starts here! Shuttle buses leave at regular intervals from both airports to major downtown Chicago hotels and there are lots of taxis waiting to whisk you into the city, though they're expensive. Taxis are really only expensive once you leave the downtown area. Yellow Cab Chicago is the city's number one taxicab company ( www.yellowcabchicago.com).
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M-Sa 6:30AM-10PM, Su 6:30AM-8PM. Popular in the United Kingdom, Megabus recently established a branch in Chicago. These buses stop in Chicago near Union Station (see below). At present, buses run express from Chicago to eleven other major Midwestern cities. With advance purchase, the trip to Detroit costs about $8.
O'Hare International Airport (IATA: ORD) is 17 miles northwest of downtown and serves many international and domestic carriers. United Airlines  has the largest presence here (about 50%) followed by American Airlines  with about 40%. Most connecting flights for smaller cities in the Midwest run through O'Hare. It's one of the biggest airports in the world, and it has always been notorious for delays and cancellations. Unfortunately, it's too far northwest for most travelers who get stuck overnight to head into the city. As a result, there are plenty of hotels in the O'Hare more..
Midway International Airport (IATA: MDW) is 10 miles southwest of downtown. Southwest Airlines  is the largest carrier here, followed by AirTran . If it's an option for your trip, Midway is more compact, less crowded, has fewer delays, and usually cheaper. The CTA Orange Line train runs between the Loop and Midway in around 25 minutes. There are a number of hotels clustered around Midway, too — see the Southwest Side article for listings.
Milwaukee's General Mitchell International Airport (IATA: MKE) is served by 7 Amtrak trains per day (6 on Sunday), and the Hiawatha Service was Amtrak's most on-time route in 2006. The trip from Chicago Union Station to Mitchell Airport Station is about one hour and 15 minutes.
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24 hours. America's largest bus carrier offers service to destinations throughout the Midwest. The main terminal is near the southwestern corner of the Loop. There are secondary terminal at the CTA Red Line station at 95th/Dan Ryan and the CTA transit building (5800 N Cumberland). With advance purchase, the trip to Detroit costs about $27.
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