Cheap Flights to Chicago
Bargain flights to Chicago are a good way to get you into a city that is full of art, culture, and history.
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.
Best Anytime fares to Chicago
Cheap round-trip flights to Chicago
|New York||Chicago||Wed, Jan 15 - Tue, Jan 21||Spirit Airlines||$148|
|Los Angeles||Chicago||Wed, Jan 15 - Tue, Jan 28||Spirit Airlines||$188|
|Washington DC||Chicago||Wed, Jan 8 - Sat, Feb 1||JetBlue Airways||$210|
|Denver||Chicago||Wed, Jan 29 - Mon, Feb 3||Frontier Airlines||$138|
|Boston||Chicago||Tue, Jan 14 - Wed, Jan 15||United Airlines||$129|
|San Francisco||Chicago||Fri, Jan 31 - Tue, Feb 4||Frontier Airlines||$264|
|Minneapolis||Chicago||Tue, Jan 14 - Fri, Jan 17||Spirit Airlines||$72|
|Seattle||Chicago||Tue, Jan 14 - Wed, Jan 15||Alaska Airlines||$198|
|Philadelphia||Chicago||Tue, Jan 28 - Wed, Jan 29||United Airlines||$278|
|Newark||Chicago||Wed, Jan 15 - Sat, Jan 25||JetBlue Airways||$218|
|Portland||Chicago||Wed, Jan 8 - Tue, Jan 21||United Airlines||$178|
|Atlanta||Chicago||Wed, Jan 29 - Tue, Feb 4||Spirit Airlines||$200|
Best weekend fares to Chicago
Best weekend fares to Chicago
|New York||Chicago||Thu, Jan 9 - Mon, Jan 13||Spirit Airlines||$168|
|Los Angeles||Chicago||Thu, Jan 30 - Mon, Feb 3||Spirit Airlines||$208|
|Washington DC||Chicago||Fri, Dec 13 - Mon, Dec 16||American Airlines||$184|
|Denver||Chicago||Thu, Jan 23 - Sat, Jan 25||Frontier Airlines||$138|
|Boston||Chicago||Sat, Jan 18 - Mon, Jan 20||United Airlines||$180|
|San Francisco||Chicago||Fri, Jan 31 - Mon, Feb 3||Frontier Airlines||$264|
|Minneapolis||Chicago||Fri, Jan 31 - Sat, Feb 1||Spirit Airlines||$72|
|Seattle||Chicago||Thu, Jan 9 - Sun, Jan 12||Alaska Airlines||$198|
|Philadelphia||Chicago||Fri, Jan 10 - Sat, Jan 11||JetBlue Airways||$266|
|Newark||Chicago||Fri, Jan 10 - Sun, Jan 12||US Airways||$303|
|Portland||Chicago||Sat, Jan 18 - Sun, Jan 19||United Airlines||$198|
|Atlanta||Chicago||Fri, Dec 13 - Mon, Dec 16||United Airlines||$221|
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