Flights to Chicago
Generally, flights to Chicago land at O'Hare International Airport, although Midway International Airport is gaining popularity. Midway International is located just 10 miles from the downtown center, and there are shuttle buses to hotels as well as the Transit Authority's Orange Line. Chicago flights that land at O'Hare International Airport put you about 17 miles northwest of the city, and transportation options include regional trains and buses, car rentals, and transit lines. Music in the terminals is listed and you can log into the airport website to find out exactly what you were hearing! Just be aware that if you do this from the airport, the available Wi-Fi is charged at $6.95 a day.
The term "Windy City" may actually refer to politicians' speeches, but that doesn't change the fact that the weather is often blustery. Whenever you visit, you will want to keep a jacket on hand for the lake breezes. Weather becomes nasty between November and March, especially in January, when temperatures drop to 24°F (-4°C), and are emphasized by that ubiquitous wind, as well as snow! Plan for indoor activities if you visit during this time period! You'll probably prefer the weather between April and October, when everyone rushes outside. During the peak tourist season, temperatures hover around 85°F (29°C).
Getting Around Chicago
Driving in downtown Chicago is a hassle best avoided. Traffic is overwhelming, pedestrians often don't follow the rules of the road, parking spaces are expensive, and tickets and towing are strict for violations, especially in the snow! The best way to get around Chicago is public transit. With several different agencies in the Chicago area all overseen by the RTA (Regional Transportation Authority), you can plan trips online with their planner. Once your Chicago flights have landed, navigating the city is easy. The city is consistent in street numbering and block lengths and organized on a grid that is easy to get used to. There are, however, some notable exceptions, avenues like Milwaukee and Ogden that go diagonally or meander through the city.
Chicago is a bustling city, with many things to do and see within its city limits. Explore the arts, the night life, and even some natural areas to keep busy. Below are some suggestions to get you started:
- The Adler Planetarium, with astronomy shows and neat interactive space exhibits.
- DuSable Museum of African American History, with exhibits of the history and achievements of people of African descent in Chicago.
- Rogers Park beach, with miles of sand to remind you that you're on the largest freshwater lake entirely in the United States.
- Shedd Aquarium, with exhibits that cover the Caribbean and the Pacific Northwestern United States.
- Milennium Park, with ice skating, cultural programs, and exhibitions in the new Chicago town square.
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Featured flights to Chicago
|New York||Chicago||Tue, Jun 11 - Tue, Jun 18||AirTran Airways||$206|
|Los Angeles||Chicago||Mon, Jun 3 - Thu, Jun 6||Spirit Airlines||$288|
|Washington DC||Chicago||Mon, Jul 1 - Tue, Jul 2||US Airways||$241|
|Denver||Chicago||Tue, Jun 25 - Fri, Jul 5||Frontier Airlines||$138|
|Boston||Chicago||Tue, Jun 25 - Wed, Jun 26||Spirit Airlines||$148|
|San Francisco||Chicago||Wed, Jun 12 - Sun, Jun 16||United Airlines||$348|
|Minneapolis||Chicago||Sat, Jun 1 - Wed, Jun 5||Spirit Airlines||$82|
|Seattle||Chicago||Tue, Jun 11 - Tue, Jun 18||Frontier Airlines||$338|
|Philadelphia||Chicago||Mon, Jul 1 - Tue, Jul 2||JetBlue Airways||$246|
|Newark||Chicago||Tue, Jul 16 - Tue, Jul 23||JetBlue Airways||$279|
|Portland||Chicago||Sat, Jun 8 - Sat, Jun 15||Alaska Airlines||$355|
|Atlanta||Chicago||Mon, Jul 1 - Fri, Jul 5||US Airways||$263|
|Mexico City||Chicago||Fri, Jul 12 - Sun, Jul 21||AirTran Airways||$424|
|Phoenix||Chicago||Tue, Jun 4 - Thu, Jun 27||Frontier Airlines||$287|
|Dallas||Chicago||Fri, May 31 - Thu, Jun 6||Delta Air Lines||$195|
|San Diego||Chicago||Wed, Jul 3 - Tue, Jul 9||Spirit Airlines||$288|
|Baltimore||Chicago||Tue, Jul 16 - Wed, Jul 24||JetBlue Airways||$278|
|Raleigh||Chicago||Fri, May 31 - Fri, Jun 7||Multiple Airlines||Check rates|
|Kansas City||Chicago||Sat, Jun 8 - Sat, Jun 15||American Airlines||$184|
|Tampa||Chicago||Wed, Jun 19 - Tue, Jun 25||Spirit Airlines||$238|