Multiple options are available for travel to and from Chicago, including two international airports, train service, bus and car travel, and the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), which operates the nation’s second largest public transportation system, serving Chicago and 40 neighboring communities by rail and bus.
Visa Information for International Travelers
For information on obtaining a visa to enter the United States, please visit the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs website (http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/visit/visitor.html).
Chicago is home to two international airports. Both airports are within 20 miles of downtown, and 80 airlines service one or both locations:
Please visit the Chicago Department of Aviation website for information on flights, airlines, getting to and from each airport, and terminal maps (www.flychicago.com).
Ground Transportation to and from Airports (Arriving/Departing)
Taxis are plentiful, easy to hail at the airports, and offer a convenient way to get around the city. Credit cards are accepted in all cabs by city mandate. It is standard to tip the driver about 15% to 20% of the fare, plus $1 to $2 per bag if the driver helps you with your luggage. A sample taxi fare to downtown from O’Hare Airport is $40 to $50, and from Midway Airport the fare is $30 to $35. Please note that all fares are subject to change.
Alternate Transportation to and from Chicago
Amtrak (www.amtrak.com) has 56 trains arriving and departing from Chicago daily, creating a multitude of travel times to work around attendees’ schedules. Chicago’s Union Station is approximately 1 mile, or a $10 taxi ride, from the Sheraton Grand Chicago.
Bus or Car Travel and Parking
Greyhound (www.greyhound.com) has five metro-Chicago locations, including two 24-hour stations and 20 express routes to cities such as New York and Atlanta. Car travel is also easy, and the Sheraton Grand Chicago has parking facilities (self-parking or valet). In addition, there are public parking lots and garages in the downtown area.
Chicago Transit Authority
The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) operates the nation’s second largest public transportation system, serving Chicago and 40 neighboring communities by rail and bus. Public transportation to and from both airports is available, and more information can be found at the CTA website (www.transitchicago.com).