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What train companies travel to Chicago, Illinois?

Located in Illinois, Chicago is accessible by train from 578 other cities. You can choose from 1347 daily scheduled trips when you search for trains to Chicago on Wanderu. Amtrak usually has the most trains on any given day.

Looking for other ways to get there? Bus tickets to Chicago are also available.

Train companies serving Chicago

TrainRoutesAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak3971d 15h 14m$165.08
Amtrak Empire Builder3820h 44m$104.65
Amtrak Texas Eagle3714h 43m$65.01
Amtrak Cardinal3020h 34m$93.39
Amtrak California Zephyr301d 8h 2m$124.93
Amtrak Southwest Chief3021h 24m$116.72
Amtrak Lake Shore Limited2310h 34m$62.52
Amtrak City of New Orleans197h 3m$49.83
Amtrak Capitol Limited156h 29m$48.32
Amtrak Wolverine154h 30m$40.50

Frequently Asked Questions

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

$7.00 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 $7.00.

Where is the train station in Chicago, IL?

The main train station in Chicago is Union Station. As the busiest station, it has the most train arrivals, although some trains may make other stops in and around Chicago. Union Station is located 0.5 miles from the city center of Chicago.

Which train service has the best service to Chicago?

Based on customers travel reviews, travelers who booked on Wanderu rave about traveling to Chicago by train with Amtrak Carl Sandburg giving them a 5 rating out of 5. Travelers also mentioned that Amtrak Cardinal had the most comfortable train service to Chicago taking into account the seats and amenities that Amtrak Cardinal offers. They rate Amtrak Cardinal a 4.7 out of 5 when it comes to just how relaxing and enjoyable their experience was onboard. If you are looking to arrive to Chicago punctually travelers suggest that Amtrak Illinois Zephyr has the best on time performance on their train schedules to Chicago, rating them a 4.8 based on their on time arrivals.

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).

Is Chicago a popular train travel destination?

Chicago ranks number 4 among most popular train destinations in the region. It also ranks number 174 in United States. Chicago has the most train connections in the region. There are 426 train schedules arriving in Chicago each day.

What is the population of Chicago?

The population of Chicago is 2720546. Chicago ranks number 2 in terms of population in Illinois and number 72 in all of United States.

What type of traveler does Chicago attract?

People who take the train to Chicago are most often visiting their families or loved ones. With frequent schedules, the ability to book and hop on a train last minute make taking a train to Chicago easy whether you're planning a trip far in advance or need some quality time with loved ones at the last minute.

What train station is located closest to the city center of Chicago?

The closest train station to the city center of Chicago is Union Station, located just 0.5 miles away. Select Union Station as your arrival if your plans call for exploring the downtown area of Chicago. Search on Wanderu and in the search results you can filter travel options by arriving or departing station.

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