Chicago Transportation

Chicago is accessible by several interstate highways. The city is approached from the northwest by I-94, which merges with the John F. Kennedy Expressway and the Dan Ryan Express-way, traversing the city north-south before turning into the Calumet Expressway heading south out of (or into) the city. To the west, I-294 rings much of the Greater Chicago area, turning into the Tri-State Tollway further south and intersecting I-290, which runs east-west, becoming the Dwight D. Eisenhower Expressway into the heart of the city. I-55 leads to Chicago from the southwest, turning into the Adlai E. Stevenson Expressway.

The O'Hare International Airport is located 27 kilometers (17 miles) outside downtown Chicago. Also servicing the Windy City is Chicago Midway Airport.

Numerous taxi companies are readily available in town: Ace Cab (773-381-8000), American United Cab (773-248-7600), Checker Taxi (312-243-2537), Flash Cab (773--561-1444), Sun Taxi (773-736-3399), Yellow Cab Company (312-829-4222), Yellow Taxi Cab (773-907-0909).

The Chicago Transit Authority offers public transportation services in the city. The buses, trains, subways and the famous elevated trains cover Chicago and 40 suburbs. A one ride card for bus or rail is $1.75. Passes are available for one day, 7 days or 30 days. A 7-day pass costs $20. Visitor passes are also available. A 1-Day Visitor Pass is $5. Children, seniors and disabled people receive discounts. Metra also offers public transportation services through the rail system. Fares are convenient and depend on the zones you travel within.

A variety of car rental options are also available: Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Hertz and National are all represented at the airport. They are located on the lower level near baggage reclaim in Terminals 1, 2 and 3. Many companies at the airport offer free shuttle buses to pick-up and drop-off areas. No car hire companies are available in Terminal 5, although courtesy telephones are available on the lower level of the terminal and can be used to book a car.