Travel

Getting to Chicago

Chicago has two airports – O’Hare (ORD) and Midway (MDW). Both airports offer convenient service to downtown Chicago (i.e. the loop) via subway/public transit and are accessible to all the wedding fun. For a great series of maps and general information, check out https://wikitravel.org/en/Chicago

ORD is the larger of the two airports and is served by United, American Airlines, Delta, Spirit, Frontier, and Alaska airlines. From ORD, take the Blue line to downtown Chicago (about 45 min ride). Uber/Lyft is about $30-$50 one way and can take 30-60 minutes depending on traffic. Taxi service is usually $50-$70 one way.

MDW is primarily served by Southwest and Delta. From MDW, take the Orange line to downtown Chicago (about 25 min ride). Uber/Lyft is about $25-$45 one way and can take 20-40 minutes depending on traffic. Taxi service is usually around $30-$50 one way.

For those driving into the city, be aware that traffic in Chicago in notoriously bad. Factor in extra time and expect congestion on all major roads and highways from 7-9 am and 4-7 pm.  The Kennedy stretch of 90/94 from ORD to downtown Chicago is the most congested highway in the USA.

Where to stay

Most visitors to the city prefer staying in two main areas: the Loop and the Magnificent Mile. The Loop is at the center of town and is named for the continuous loop of elevated trains that surround it. The Loop has more of the business district and it is adjacent to famous landmarks like “the Bean” and the Art Institute. The Magnificent Mile, which is a stretch of Michigan Avenue just north of the Loop, has luxury shopping and the fabled Chicago Water Tower. Either place is a fine option, although the Mag Mile can be a little more expensive.

Bill and I are working on securing a hotel downtown. More information should be available by the end of May 2018.

How you’ll get to the wedding

We figure most people will take an Uber or Lyft ride from their hotel direct to the venue. If staying in the Loop or Magnificent Mile, expect to pay about $15-20. If you’re in the Loop, you can also take the Brown Line to the Montrose station — cost is $2.25.

But what about crime?!

Despite the rhetoric and the images of Chicago portrayed in the national media, Chicago is a relatively safe city. The downtown area including the Loop and Magnificent Mile should be considered safe any time of day along with popular neighborhoods including Old Town, Lakeview (where Wrigley Field), Logan Square, and Lincoln Park. Stay out of the South Side and you should be fine.  Take normal precautions, stay aware of your surroundings and you will be fine.