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Transportation from the Airports to Downtown Chicago

There are 3 options for getting from the airport to downtown Chicago

  • CTA Train – cost is $2.25 each way from either O’Hare or Midway Airport
  • Airport Express Shuttle – cost is $37 roundtrip from Midway; $45 roundtrip from O’Hare.
  • Taxi - From Midway the cost is $28-$30 one way and takes 20 minutes. From O’Hare the cost is $45-$50 one way and takes 45-50 minutes.

The least expensive option is the CTA (Chicago Transit Authority) Train

For $2.25 each way, the CTA Orange line train provides frequent train service connecting Midway Airport to downtown Chicago in 25 minutes.  The CTA Blue line train connects O’Hare Airport to downtown in 45 minutes.

CTA Train from Midway After collecting your luggage from the baggage claim area, just follow the overhead signs that read "Trains to City" to the CTA station. CTA's Midway station is located just outside the airport. A skybridge with escalators, elevators and moving sidewalks connects the airport to the station.

After you follow the overhead "Trains to City" signs to the CTA station, CTA's Customer Assistants are available to help you purchase your Transit Card from the vending machines. They will also answer travel-related questions to get you to your destination on the CTA.

The closest stop to the Chicago Hilton is the Roosevelt Station.  When you exit the Roosevelt stop, turn left at Roosevelt Road and walk 1 block down to Michigan Avenue.  At Michigan Avenue turn left and walk 3 blocks to the Chicago Hilton.  (If you are staying at the Palmer House, the Congress Plaza, or the Wyndham Blake we suggest you take a $5 taxis ride from the station to your hotel.)

CTA Train from O’Hare:   
After collecting your luggage from baggage claim, follow the signs that read “Trains to City” to the CTA station. (The Blue line from O’Hare goes only one way so you can’t take the wrong train.)

Exit the train at the LaSalle Station.  From the LaSalle stop, it’s 7 blocks to the Chicago Hilton Hotel, 6 blocks to the Congress Plaza, 3 blocks to the Wyndham Blake Hotel and 2 blocks to the Palmer House Hilton. You can take a taxi to any of these hotels for $5.

GO Airport Express-ChicagoAirportShuttle

  • NAMI has arranged a discount with GO Airport Express on airport transfers from O’Hare and Midway airports.NAMI attendees receive 15% discount on shuttle reservations made using the link below.GO Airport Express shuttles depart from the airports every 15 minutes to and from Downtown Chicago.To book reservations in advance online, please click the link below to make a shuttle reservation or call 1-888-284-3826 and mention group code “NAMI” for the discount.The cost is $21 one way or $37 roundtrip from Midway; $25 one way or $45 roundtrip from O’Hare.

For More Information on Chicago’s Transit System

Visit Chicago Transit Authority  learn more about Chicago’s public transportation system. And click here to find a great map of the train and bus lines.

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