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Transportation to and from Chicago O’Hare Airport


What is the distance from Chicago O’Hare Airport to the centre of Chicago?

The airport is 29 kilometres / 18 miles from the centre of Chicago (Willis Tower, The Loop). Travel time to Downtown Chicago via the John F. Kennedy Expressway (I-90) is 30 to 60 minutes, depending on traffic conditions. Chicago’s city centre and business district is known as The Loop, this part of the city is located between Chicago River, Lake Michigan and Roosevelt Road.

From ORD Airport to Chicago City centre by Taxi
29 km
30 min
$ 55.-

Public transport

Metro / “L” to Chicago

Chicago O’Hare Airport has its own metro station at a short distance from terminals T1, T2 and T3. The station O’Hare is accessible on foot via the ground floor of terminals T1, T2 and T3. If you arrive at Terminal 5 of Chicago O’Hare Airport and want to take the metro to the city, you must first take the ‘automated people mover’ ATS to O’Hare station at Terminal 2. The metro ‘Blue Line’ connects the airport to the city centre, 24 hours a day every 5 to 10 minutes. The Chicago metro is better known as the “L”, short for “elevated” because large parts of the system run on elevated tracks. Downtown Chicago subway stations (The Loop) are named Clark/Lake, Washington, Monroe, Jackson and LaSalle, travel time from Chicago O’Hare Airport is 40 to 45 minutes. It takes 50 minutes to get to Clinton metro station near the iconic central station Union Station (change trains to Milwaukee).

Ventra Tickets / Ventra Cards
The price for a one-way ticket is $ 5.00, children from 7 up to 11 years pay $ 1.25, children up to 6 years travel for free on public transportation in Chicago. Tickets are available from the ticket machines at the stations, a Ventra Ticket for a single journey including two changes can be used on the metro and bus for 120 minutes. If you want to use public transport more often, you can buy a Ventra Card, which is cheaper and easier. A Ventra Card worth $ 5.00 can be topped up and shared with six other people. A one-way ticket including transfers costs $ 2.50 with a Ventra Card, excluding the “L” to and from Chicago O’Hare Airport. Chicago’s public transportation consisting of subways and buses is operated by CTA Chicago Transit Authority, Chicago “L” has 8 metro lines. Please consult website Transit Chicago for more information.

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Chicago: Willis Tower Skydeck and The Ledge Ticket

Treat yourself to an exhilarating view over the whole of Chicago from the top of the Willis Tower. Ride 103 floors to the Skydeck and step out onto The Ledge, a glass-paneled box with vertical views to the ground below.


Chicago: 360 Chicago Observation Deck Skip-the-Line Ticket

Skip the ticket purchase desk to enjoy the best panoramic views of Chicago, 94 stories above the Windy City. Enjoy stunning lake views and close-up vistas of Chicago’s amazing skyscrapers.


Chicago: Navy Pier Centennial Wheel Regular & Express Ticket

Soar to heights of nearly 200 feet over Navy Pier, with unparalleled, 360-degree views of Chicago and Lake Michigan. Choose between pre-purchasing a Regular or a Fastpass Express ticket to experience this iconic part of the Chicago skyline.



Chicago River Architecture Cruise: Skip-the-Ticket-Office

Cruise along the Chicago River on a 60- or 75-minute tour, and discover hidden architectural gems among the city’s renowned landmarks. Led by a docent providing live narration, the tour passes more than 40 structures and sails under historic bridges.


Chicago: 45-Minute Family-Friendly Architecture River Cruise

Cruise down the Chicago River and see the city’s most spectacular landmarks on a boat cruise with live, family-friendly commentary and a full-service bar on board.


Chicago: Lake Michigan Skyline Sightseeing Cruise

See the sights of Chicago from Lake Michigan on this sightseeing cruise. Admire stunning views of the Chicago skyline and see many of the city’s iconic landmarks.

Tours and transport

Tour & transport

Chicago River: 1.5-Hour Guided Architecture Cruise

Experience Chicago’s legendary architecture from the best seat in the house: the river. Enjoy a comprehensive tour with a live fun guide as you navigate through the heart of the city covering all 3 branches of the Chicago River.

Tour & transport

Chicago: 1.5-Hour Lake and River Architecture Cruise

Skip the ticket line for Chicago’s only architecture cruise on both Lake Michigan and the Chicago River. Learn about Chicago's internationally-known architecture from expert local guides as you discover the city from riverfront to shoreline.

Tour & transport

Chicago: Lake Michigan Buffet Brunch, Lunch or Dinner Cruise

Dine aboard the Spirit of Chicago and enjoy an extensive buffet meal while cruising down the lakefront. Dance to the onboard DJ or play exciting games like giant Jenga and shuffleboard.


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