CTA travel to/from MDW and ORD

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  1. MSPeconomist
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    For many locations, including downtown Chicago, it is convenient to use the rail lines, sometimes called the EL for elevated, to get to and from the airport. Oneway adult fare is $2.25 but ticket machines do not give change. The stations are right in the airport basement, so one does not go outside except for the international terminal at ORD.

    An important trick is to check whether your destination and transfer stations are designated as handicapped accessible on the route map. (For example, from MDW to some destinations in the loop, get off at Clark and Lake and walk a couple extra blocks rather than State and Lake, which is the end of the ORD line.) Otherwise you may be forced to carry luggage up and down stairs. Some escalators are too narrow for certain wheeled bags, so be careful that your luggage does not get caught. Wider entry and exit turnstiles are available, so look for them.

    The Orange Line serves MDW, roughly thirty minutes from State and Lake.

    the Blue Line goes to ORD, 46 minutes from Clark and Lake.
     
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    One note - technically, you are not going "outside" from the ORD international terminal 5 to get to the CTA stop. You go upstairs to the monorail platform, take the airport train over to the domestic terminals, and take the elevator down to the tunnel where the CTA stop is. It is a bit of a hike, but you won't have to brave the elements.
     
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    Thanks.

    And another thing....if you plan to take CTA to the airport, ask your hotel concierge or otherwise check on the status of service, especially on weekends, when there can be track repairs necessitating transfer to buses for part of the journey, which is not only inconvenient, especially with luggage, but can also add considerable time.
     
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    Good point --- but

    Isn't this type of data also available on transit websites -- for example, we were just in Norfolk and were able to get E- tickees for their light rail system (called The Tide) on line, plus other useful stuff like station locations and schedules.

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    It should be on their website if the information there is updated regularly, but sometimes locals have heard things on local TV news, for example, that might not be added to the website over the weekend.
     

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