Chicago O’Hare International Airport is located in the northwestern corner of the city, about 17 miles from the Chicago Loop, the city’s main business and financial district. Chicago Midway International Airport is located in the southwest side of the city, about 8 miles from the Chicago Loop.
While O’Hare is the city’s primary airport, Chicago Midway International Airport, its other major airport, is about 10 miles closer to the Chicago Loop.
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Air passengers can use the shuttle service to travel between O’Hare and Midway. The Coach USA Wisconsin offers hourly service transporting travelers between O’Hare and Midway. The service is open from 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and costs $14 (as of 2010) for a one-way fare. Passengers availing of the service are picked up either at O’Hare’s Bus Shuttle Center or at Midway’s lower level. Inquiries for the service can be done through toll free numbers 1-800-236-2028 toll free and 1-262-542-8861.
Travel time allowance when traveling between O’Hare and Midway is one hour.
CTA Train Service
Another option for passengers traveling between the two airports is through the Chicago Transit Authority’s (CTA) Blue Line serving O’Hare and Orange Line serving Midway.
While this is a more economical mode of transportation, it is more time consuming as it can take up to two hours to get from one airport to another.
For inquiries, travelers can call the customer service toll free number 1-888-YOUR-CTA (1-888-968-7282). For more travel information coming from the RTA (Regional Transportation Authority) Travel Information Center, they can call (312) 836-7000.
O’Hare to Midway
O’Hare’s CTA Blue Line train service is located at the lowest level of the Main Parking Garage, right next to the elevator center 4. Access is through pedestrian tunnels located in Terminals 1, 2, and 3. Travelers just need to follow the signs saying “CTA Trains” or “Trains to City.” It takes less than 10 minutes to walk from the baggage claim area to the train station when coming from any of the three terminals. Those coming from international flights landing in Terminal 5 must follow signs to the Airport Transit System (ATS). They can ride the train by going to Terminal 2, then following the signs saying “CTA Trains” or “Trains to City.”
Take note that there is no Airline Terminal 4 at O’Hare. The former Terminal 4 is now defunct.
Midway to O’Hare
Midway’s CTA Orange Line train service is accessible right next to the airport terminal building, connected by an enclosed walkway. Travelers just need to follow the signs saying “CTA Trains” or “Trains to City” from the airport. There is an orange line painted on the ground to guide passengers towards the station.
“Transportation Between O’Hare and Midway,” Chicago Department of Aviation.
“Trains from Chicago O’Hare and Midway Airports,” Chicago Transit Authority.
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