Most of the time, it’s incredibly easy to take public transportation
between Chicago’s airports and downtown Chicago hotels, homes and
But work on the Chicago Transit Authority’s Blue Line, connecting
O’Hare International Airport to downtown Chicago, is making that commute
a little more challenging.
Due to ongoing construction work, the CTA says Blue Line service will
be interrupted between at least two stations — between the Addison and
O’Hare stops — on most weekends and some weeknight throughout the summer.
A free CTA shuttle bus connects the stations when service is disrupted,
but getting off the train, on the bus and back on the train can add
another 30 minutes each way to the commute (which normally averages
about 45 minutes without disruptions).
The good news is that the work — scheduled for completing next fall — is designed to get rid of so-called "slow zones" and improve commuting times to and from O’Hare.
Here are a few suggestions for avoiding or coping with the disruptions on your Chicago vacation:
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