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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).

How to find cheap train tickets to Chicago?

The cheapest prices for a train ticket to Chicago that users have found recently on Wanderu start at $7.00. Such great deals to Chicago are available on one route to Hammond. While there are some great deals that can be scored by searching around, there are some routes that always have low prices on train travel to get you to Chicago. Joliet at $7.52 has consistently the lowest average train ticket prices to Chicago.

What are the main train stations in Chicago?

The most popular train station in Chicago is Union Station - 225 S Canal St. Union Station - 225 S Canal St is the busiest train station in Chicago.

Los Angeles

There are 13 train schedules per day connecting Los Angeles with Chicago. It takes on average 63 hours and 47 minutes to travel 1744 miles, 2805 kms, by train from Los Angeles. 3 train carriers offer schedules from Los Angeles, with Amtrak offering the most daily connections to Chicago. Traveling by train from Los Angeles you will most likely to arrive in Chicago at Union Station - 225 S Canal St.
Avg. Time
2d 15h 47m
Avg. Price
$245.30

Milwaukee

There are 13 train schedules per day connecting Milwaukee with Chicago. It takes on average 1 hour and 26 minutes to travel 82 miles, 132 kms, by train from Milwaukee. One train company operates schedules from Milwaukee, with Amtrak Hiawatha offering the most daily connections to Chicago. Traveling by train from Milwaukee you will most likely to arrive in Chicago at Union Station - 225 S Canal St.
Avg. Time
1h 26m
Avg. Price
$25.62

San Diego

There are 11 train schedules per day connecting San Diego with Chicago. It takes on average 68 hours and 55 minutes to travel 1733 miles, 2788 kms, by train from San Diego. One train company operates schedules from San Diego, with Amtrak offering the most daily connections to Chicago. Traveling by train from San Diego you will most likely to arrive in Chicago at Union Station - 225 S Canal St.
Avg. Time
2d 20h 55m
Avg. Price
$268.49

Madison

There are 9 train schedules per day connecting Madison with Chicago. It takes on average 3 hours and 57 minutes to travel 123 miles, 197 kms, by train from Madison. One train company operates schedules from Madison, with Amtrak offering the most daily connections to Chicago. Traveling by train from Madison you will most likely to arrive in Chicago at Union Station - 225 S Canal St.
Avg. Time
3h 57m
Avg. Price
$39.38

San Francisco

There are 8 train schedules per day connecting San Francisco with Chicago. It takes on average 66 hours and 19 minutes to travel 1856 miles, 2986 kms, by train from San Francisco. One train company operates schedules from San Francisco, with Amtrak offering the most daily connections to Chicago. Traveling by train from San Francisco you will most likely to arrive in Chicago at Union Station - 225 S Canal St.
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2d 18h 19m
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$232.12

Located in Illinois, United States of America, you can travel by train to Chicago from 542 destinations and choose from 1139 daily train schedules to get you there. Amtrak has the most train connections to Chicago. The furthest train arriving in Chicago covers a distance of 1883.35 miles, 3030.19 kms, covering the journey in 77 hours and 42 minutes

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Train companies serving Chicago

Amtrak

There are 297 daily Amtrak schedules to Chicago. Amtrak can get you to Chicago by train from 436 destinations including Madison.
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Avg. Time
1d 10h 11m
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$155.30

Amtrak Blue Water

There are 9 daily Amtrak Blue Water schedules to Chicago. Amtrak Blue Water can get you to Chicago by train from 10 destinations including Battle Creek.
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Avg. Time
3h 50m
Avg. Price
$28.71

Amtrak City of New Orleans

There are 12 daily Amtrak City of New Orleans schedules to Chicago. Amtrak City of New Orleans can get you to Chicago by train from 19 destinations including New Orleans.
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Avg. Time
8h 0m
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$59.20

Amtrak Capitol Limited

There are 10 daily Amtrak Capitol Limited schedules to Chicago. Amtrak Capitol Limited can get you to Chicago by train from 15 destinations including Washington.
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Avg. Time
6h 44m
Avg. Price
$49.82

Amtrak Cardinal

There are 7 daily Amtrak Cardinal schedules to Chicago. Amtrak Cardinal can get you to Chicago by train from 25 destinations including Philadelphia.
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Avg. Time
16h 55m
Avg. Price
$72.88

Amtrak Carl Sandburg

There are 6 daily Amtrak Carl Sandburg schedules to Chicago. Amtrak Carl Sandburg can get you to Chicago by train from 7 destinations including Galesburg.
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Avg. Time
2h 52m
Avg. Price
$20.74

Amtrak California Zephyr

There are 12 daily Amtrak California Zephyr schedules to Chicago. Amtrak California Zephyr can get you to Chicago by train from 31 destinations including Burlington.
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Avg. Time
19h 9m
Avg. Price
$95.48

Amtrak Empire Builder

There are 29 daily Amtrak Empire Builder schedules to Chicago. Amtrak Empire Builder can get you to Chicago by train from 36 destinations including La Crosse.
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Avg. Time
14h 13m
Avg. Price
$90.67

Amtrak Hiawatha

There are 22 daily Amtrak Hiawatha schedules to Chicago. Amtrak Hiawatha can get you to Chicago by train from 3 destinations including Milwaukee.
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Avg. Time
1h 21m
Avg. Price
$25.25

Amtrak Illini Service

There are 7 daily Amtrak Illini Service schedules to Chicago. Amtrak Illini Service can get you to Chicago by train from 9 destinations including Champaign.
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Avg. Time
3h 28m
Avg. Price
$22.63

Amtrak Illinois Zephyr

There are 6 daily Amtrak Illinois Zephyr schedules to Chicago. Amtrak Illinois Zephyr can get you to Chicago by train from 7 destinations including Galesburg.
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Avg. Time
2h 52m
Avg. Price
$21.65

Amtrak Lincoln Service

There are 33 daily Amtrak Lincoln Service schedules to Chicago. Amtrak Lincoln Service can get you to Chicago by train from 9 destinations including Carlinville.
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Avg. Time
3h 47m
Avg. Price
$22.66

Amtrak Lake Shore Limited

There are 32 daily Amtrak Lake Shore Limited schedules to Chicago. Amtrak Lake Shore Limited can get you to Chicago by train from 23 destinations including South Bend.
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Avg. Time
9h 15m
Avg. Price
$59.86

Amtrak Pere Marquette

There are 4 daily Amtrak Pere Marquette schedules to Chicago. Amtrak Pere Marquette can get you to Chicago by train from 4 destinations including Grand Rapids.
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Avg. Time
3h 12m
Avg. Price
$29.39

Amtrak Saluki

There are 7 daily Amtrak Saluki schedules to Chicago. Amtrak Saluki can get you to Chicago by train from 10 destinations including Champaign.
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Avg. Time
3h 28m
Avg. Price
$23.18

Amtrak Southwest Chief

There are 13 daily Amtrak Southwest Chief schedules to Chicago. Amtrak Southwest Chief can get you to Chicago by train from 29 destinations including Galesburg.
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Avg. Time
14h 25m
Avg. Price
$86.85

Amtrak Texas Eagle

There are 21 daily Amtrak Texas Eagle schedules to Chicago. Amtrak Texas Eagle can get you to Chicago by train from 36 destinations including Normal.
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Avg. Time
12h 44m
Avg. Price
$77.11

Amtrak Wolverine

There are 34 daily Amtrak Wolverine schedules to Chicago. Amtrak Wolverine can get you to Chicago by train from 15 destinations including Detroit.
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Avg. Time
4h 10m
Avg. Price
$36.64