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What is a good price for a train ticket to Chicago?

$8.88 is the cheapest price for a train ticket to Chicago, according to recent searches on Wanderu. You can use our search to check if this price is currently available on buses from your city to Chicago. In the last month, trains from Dyer to Chicago had the lowest average price at $8.88.

Where is the train station in Chicago, IL?

The main train station in Chicago is Union Station - 225 S Canal St. As the busiest station, it has the most train arrivals, although some trains may make other stops in and around Chicago.

Where should you stay in Chicago?

A great area to stay in while visiting Chicago is the New East Side. It’s in easy walking distance of many Chicago attractions like Millennium Park and Navy Pier, and is also close to Chicago Union Station. Prices for accommodations vary, so look around a bit to find a good deal.

On the North Shore of the city, Andersonville is a nice neighborhood to stay in. It’s more quiet than downtown Chicago, with many charming restaurants and bars. It’s also close to the Red Line, meaning that the city’s popular attractions are still easily accessible.

For a cheaper neighborhood, consider looking northwest toward Wicker Park. Just off the Blue LIne, Wicker Park is known for its terrific nightlife and excellent cuisine. And if prices in Wicker Park exceed your budget, consider staying in Ukrainian Village, just south. You will still be in walking distance of all Wicker Park has to offer, but avoid the markup.

How do you get around Chicago?

The public transit system in Chicago (known as the Chicago Transit Authority or CTA) is extensive and robust, and includes Chicago’s metro system (known as the “L”) and hundreds of city buses. The Red Line is among the most busy L Lines, and extends from the North Shore down into Chicago’s South Side (including multiple stops in Downtown Chicago). Base fare for a single L ride is $2.50, and single fare for a bus ride is $2.25.

The closest L stop to Chicago Union Station is Clinton, which is about .2 miles away, and situated on the Pink and Green lines. Slightly further away is the Quincy stop, about .4 miles east, which services the Pink, Brown, Purple and Orange lines.

For easy transport to O’Hare International Airport, take the Blue Line northwest to the end of the line. To get to Midway International Airport, take the Orange Line southwest to the end of the line.

Other ways people get around Chicago include using Uber and Lyft, or just waving down a taxi, which are still prominent throughout The Windy City.

What are some fun things to do in Chicago?

Chicago is filled with excellent attractions for visitors of every age and interest. Among the most famous sites in Chicago is “The Bean,” a reflective sculpture in Millennium Park in the shape of a giant kidney bean.

Another amazing attraction in Chicago is the Willis Tower, formerly the Sears Tower. The Willis Tower was built in 1973, has 110 floors, and is the second tallest building in the world. Purchase tickets to visit the SkyDeck, where you’re treated to panoramic views of the city and Lake Michigan.

Are you a fan of baseball? Then make sure you stop by Wrigley Field for a Chicago Cubs game. The stadium is among the oldest in Major League Baseball, and whether you’re a die-hard sports fan or not, offers a throwback experience that just about anyone can appreciate.

If you enjoy comedy, check out a show at Wrigleyville’s improvOlympic. The theater has shows every night of the week, and has long been a training ground for famous comedians who have gone on to star in TV shows like Saturday Night Live.

What are some good restaurants in Chicago?

Established in 1923, Lou Mitchell’s is a terrific place to eat breakfast. It is also conveniently located near Chicago Union Station. Lou Mitchell’s is known for their hearty breakfast meals, and for serving breakfast and lunch all day long.

For some good barbecue at a reasonable price, check out Blackwood BBQ, just a few blocks north of Union Station, and if you like Indian food, the fast-casual restaurant Naansense is also an excellent option.

In the mood for an evening cocktail? Then you might have a terrific time at the rooftop bar Cindy’s, near Millennium Park. Cindy’s is a bit pricey, but the view is well-worth it. Get one drink there, then jump on over to the famous Billy Goat Tavern on Lake Street, where drinks are more reasonable.

What is the best time to visit Chicago by train?

Spring and fall are the best overall times to visit Chicago. Summer can be humid and sweltering, and everyone knows the brutal reputation of Chicago winters. That said, if you’re traveling to Chicago for the winter holidays, then train may be the best way to travel. That way you don’t have to drive your own car through the ice and snow, which means your ride will be safer and more comfortable (and probably faster, as you won’t get stuck in traffic from all the accidents the weather is causing).

Monterey

There are 7 scheduled trains per day from Monterey to Chicago. The route can be as long as 1858 miles, or 2989 kilometers. On average, the journey takes 70 hours and 32 minutes. One train company, Amtrak, connects Monterey to Chicago. Trains from Monterey usually arrive in Chicago at Union Station - 225 S Canal St.
Avg. Time
2d 22h 32m
Avg. Price
$330.13

Petersburg

There are 7 scheduled trains per day from Petersburg to Chicago. The route can be as long as 632 miles, or 1017 kilometers. On average, the journey takes 26 hours and 54 minutes. One train company, Amtrak, connects Petersburg to Chicago. Trains from Petersburg usually arrive in Chicago at Union Station - 225 S Canal St.
Avg. Time
1d 2h 54m
Avg. Price
$200.85

Denair

There are 7 scheduled trains per day from Denair to Chicago. The route can be as long as 1778 miles, or 2861 kilometers. On average, the journey takes 59 hours and 34 minutes. One train company, Amtrak, connects Denair to Chicago. Trains from Denair usually arrive in Chicago at Union Station - 225 S Canal St.
Avg. Time
2d 11h 34m
Avg. Price
$246.47

Richmond

There are 7 scheduled trains per day from Richmond to Chicago. The route can be as long as 619 miles, or 996 kilometers. On average, the journey takes 25 hours and 56 minutes. One train company, Amtrak, connects Richmond to Chicago. Trains from Richmond usually arrive in Chicago at Union Station - 225 S Canal St.
Avg. Time
1d 1h 56m
Avg. Price
$149.59

Manchester

There are 6 scheduled trains per day from Manchester to Chicago. The route can be as long as 747 miles, or 1201 kilometers. On average, the journey takes 20 hours and 53 minutes. One train company, Amtrak, connects Manchester to Chicago. Trains from Manchester usually arrive in Chicago at Union Station - 225 S Canal St.
Avg. Time
20h 53m
Avg. Price
$155.13

Located in Illinois, Chicago is accessible by train from 425 other cities. You can choose from 793 daily scheduled trips when you search for trains to Chicago on Wanderu. Amtrak usually has the most trains on any given day.

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Train companies serving Chicago

Amtrak

There are 62 scheduled Amtrak trains per day. Amtrak can get you to Chicago from 289 cities, including Sacramento.
Amtrak
Amtrak
Avg. Time
1d 15h 39m
Avg. Price
$188.06

Amtrak Empire Builder

There are 3 scheduled Amtrak Empire Builder trains per day. Amtrak Empire Builder can get you to Chicago from 31 cities, including Whitefish.
Amtrak Empire Builder
Amtrak Empire Builder
Avg. Time
21h 30m
Avg. Price
$131.63

Amtrak Texas Eagle

There are 3 scheduled Amtrak Texas Eagle trains per day. Amtrak Texas Eagle can get you to Chicago from 28 cities, including Springfield.
Amtrak Texas Eagle
Amtrak Texas Eagle
Avg. Time
20h 44m
Avg. Price
$98.90

Amtrak Cardinal

There is one Amtrak Cardinal train per day, from New York to Chicago. Amtrak Cardinal can get you to Chicago from 27 cities, including New York.
Amtrak Cardinal
Amtrak Cardinal
Avg. Time
19h 10m
Avg. Price
$86.73

Amtrak California Zephyr

There is one Amtrak California Zephyr train per day, from Salt Lake City to Chicago. Amtrak California Zephyr can get you to Chicago from 27 cities, including Salt Lake City.
Amtrak California Zephyr
Amtrak California Zephyr
Avg. Time
1d 8h 19m
Avg. Price
$170.92

Amtrak Southwest Chief

There is one Amtrak Southwest Chief train per day, from Las Vegas to Chicago. Amtrak Southwest Chief can get you to Chicago from 25 cities, including Las Vegas.
Amtrak Southwest Chief
Amtrak Southwest Chief
Avg. Time
22h 59m
Avg. Price
$125.46

Amtrak Lake Shore Limited

There are 3 scheduled Amtrak Lake Shore Limited trains per day. Amtrak Lake Shore Limited can get you to Chicago from 20 cities, including Boston.
Amtrak Lake Shore Limited
Amtrak Lake Shore Limited
Avg. Time
10h 31m
Avg. Price
$75.47

Amtrak City of New Orleans

There is one Amtrak City of New Orleans train per day, from Jackson to Chicago. Amtrak City of New Orleans can get you to Chicago from 17 cities, including Jackson.
Amtrak City of New Orleans
Amtrak City of New Orleans
Avg. Time
8h 2m
Avg. Price
$70.46

Amtrak Capitol Limited

There is one Amtrak Capitol Limited train per day, from Washington to Chicago. Amtrak Capitol Limited can get you to Chicago from 15 cities, including Washington.
Amtrak Capitol Limited
Amtrak Capitol Limited
Avg. Time
6h 30m
Avg. Price
$56.84

Amtrak Blue Water

There is one Amtrak Blue Water train per day, from Durand to Chicago. Amtrak Blue Water can get you to Chicago from 10 cities, including Durand.
Amtrak Blue Water
Amtrak Blue Water
Avg. Time
3h 44m
Avg. Price
$33.03

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