Just a 20 minute cab ride from downtown Chicago, O'Hare International Airport (ORD) is one of the busiest airport worldwide. With more connections and flights than any other airport, O’hare was voted the "Best Airport in North America" by business travelers for seven years in a row and the CTA Blue Line will get you to the loop in 45 minutes. The City’s second hub Midway Airport is located on Chicago's southwest side. Located at the end of the CTA Orange Line, Midway is smaller and more manageable.
Amtrak trains arrive in Chicago's historic Grand Union Station from all reaches of the US. This staion is where the movies The Untouchables and My Best Friends Wedding were filmed.
Buses are a good alternative to air and train, providing comfortable, cost-effective rides throughout the midwest. Best bus budget alternative around is Megabus. Serving the Midwest at reasonable rates, with pick up at Chicago’s Union Station.
Chicago Trains, “L” & Buses
The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) offers train and bus services to almost every part of the city. The elevated subways known as the "L" can take you to most of Chicago‘s tourist destinations, and the busses cover the rest. Single day, 3-day, and 7-day fare cards will maximize your sight seeing fun.
Taxis are available on a first-come first-serve basis from nearly every intersection, but a planned pick up is only a phone call away. Yellow Cab 312-829-4222. Millennium Limo 847-630-3423.
Chicago has something for everyone all year long. From a winter wonderland to great summer hotspots along the lake. Winter is blustery with annual snowfall of about 38 inches and an average daily temperature of 34°F. However, April reaches into the 50's and May in the 70’s. June is the rainiest month of the year but you’ll dry off in July & August when temps reach into the 80’s. Autumn in Chicago is magical with the crispness of 40 degree days, leaves are turning colors, and the Bears playing at home in Soldier Field.
Spring and summer are the crown jewels of the Chicago’s event year.
Chicago Cubs Home Opener April 1st. Fans pack Wrigley Field stadium not only for the game but out of tradition, especially since they haven’t won a championship since 1908.
Dining Out for Life on Thursady, April 25, Chicagoan foodies abound as restaurants and plates for every palette join in the fight against AIDS/HIV.
Buckingham Fountain’s dancing display of water and colored lights set to music begins in mid-April.
Millennium Park's Crown Fountain’s multimedia display, interactive waterfall puts smiles on the face of every kid and adult who dips a toe in the reflecting pool.
Memorial Day weekend.
Chicago's beaches officially open along Lake Michigan.
IML & Bear Pride International Mr. Leather is crowned each year over this weekend. This is the biggest fetish gay leather event in North America which is complemented by Bear Pride, the biggest annual event for bears and their admirers.
Chicago Memorial Day Parade From State St. & Lake St., the parade honors America's fallen soldiers.
Bike Drive Chicago. Bike enthusiasts take part in this rare experience to bike along beautiful Lake Shore Drive.
Chicago Blues Festival in mid June is one of Chicago's largest festivals dubbed as the "largest free blues festival in the world," and draws the best performers in the industry.
Printer's Row Lit Fest - early June. This bookworms delight offers author programs, new & used book sellers, kids' area with a host of other activities.
Chicago Gay Pride Parade takes place on the last Sunday of June, The Parade is the largest in the midwest drawing nearly 500,000 revelers annually. After the parade head to Pride North, an up and coming festival following the parade at Morse and Glenwood.
Taste of Chicago
June 24 to July 4: The biggest of all, this festival provides great food and entertainment to over three million people each year.