MLA has partnered with Avis to provide rental cars at a discounted rate. If you wish to reserve a car, please contact Todd Alexander at 800.525.7537 x35003 or the Meetings and Convention Department at 800.525.7537. They can ensure that you maximize your rental dollars. Please mention AWD# D010039 when you call.
For information about local transportation, visit the Guide to Getting around Chicago (www.choosechicago.com/articles/view/GETTING-AROUND-CHICAGO/57/).
Metra and other regional train and bus information may be obtained by visiting the Chicago Area Regional Transportation Authority website (www.rtachicago.com).
Information about the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) bus and train service in and around Chicago is available at www .transitchicago.com/.
Pace provides regional bus service, including service to O’Hare (www.pacebus.com).
Ground Transportation at O’Hare Airport
There are a number of ways to get to and from O’Hare International Airport. Located just 17 miles northwest of downtown Chicago, O’Hare International Airport is accessible via local mass transit lines, regional trains and buses, downtown and suburban shuttles, and interstate highways. Most ground transportation access areas are located at the main entrance for each terminal. View roadway conditions from the Illinois Department of Transportation (www.dot.state.il.us/
tpublic.html). The Landside Operations office at O’Hare International Airport is staffed from 6:00 a.m.–10:00 p.m., 7 days a week. The telephone number is 773.686.8040.
Use public transportation such as the CTA Blue Line (www
.transitchicago.com/riding_cta/airports.aspx) as a fast and convenient way to travel to and from the airport, avoiding traffic.
Taxi cabs are available on a first-come, first-served basis from the lower-level curb of all terminals. Shared ride service is available. There are no flat rates because all taxicabs run on meters. Expect to spend approximately $35–$40 for a taxicab ride to downtown Chicago. For wheelchair-accessible vehicles, please call United Dispatch at 800.281.4466
Checker Taxi Association 312.733.4790
Chicago Carriage Cab 312.326.2221
Flash Cab 773.561.4444
Yellow Cab 312.829.4222
Limousines are available for Chicago and the suburbs. Contact your company of choice near the ride boards to make reservations or reference the listing of prearranged limousine services, which is posted near the airport information booths, located on the lower level of each terminal.
Arriving passengers should call their limousine service once they have claimed their luggage.
They will then be provided with a license plate number, a description of the car, and/or a door number where they can meet their driver.
Liveries can only meet passengers at the lower-level center lane (Lane 2).
Depending on airport traffic, it can take between 5 and 20 minutes for the vehicle to get to the designated pickup location.
Go Airport Express offers daily, door-to-door service to and from O’Hare Airport and most city and suburban neighborhoods. Their hours of operation are from 6:00 a.m.–11:30 p.m., departing approximately every 5–10 minutes outside the baggage claim areas of the lower level of the Domestic and International Terminals. Lift-equipped vehicles are available on request for passengers with disabilities. To contact Go Airport Express, call 773.247.1200 or 888.284.3826. Advance notice is strongly urged.
The CTA offers “L” (train) and bus service in Chicago and surrounding suburbs. The CTA Orange Line train is the most convenient and affordable way to go from Midway International Airport to downtown Chicago (the Loop) via public transit. With regularly scheduled arriving and departing trains, you will experience minimal wait times.
Orange Line train service operates from Midway (on the southwest side of Chicago) to downtown via elevated tracks. Once reaching downtown, trains travel clockwise around the Loop and then make all stops back to Midway. The normal travel time to downtown from Midway is 20–25 minutes. The Orange Line operates from approximately 4:00 a.m.–approximately 1:00 a.m. every day with more frequent service during weekday morning and evening rush hours. Alternate overnight (“owl”) service is available via the N62 Archer bus.
For a complete Midway International Airport Station timetable, please check out the CTA’s website. The fully accessible Midway station is connected to the airport via an enclosed walkway. Follow the signs to “CTA Trains” or “Trains to City” from the airport. An orange line painted on the ground will guide you there.
To make a paid transfer, such as to a bus route, you will need an unlimited ride pass or a Ventra card. If you are using a stored-value transit card, you can make up to 2 transfers within 2 hours for just 25 cents (deducted automatically at the time you make your first transfer).
CTA offers nine bus routes that serve Midway. Buses are a great public transportation option for those who are not coming or going along the CTA Orange Line. Detailed CTA bus route information can be found on the CTA’s website (www .transitchicago.com/travel_information/bus_schedules.aspx).
CTA buses drop off and pick up a brief walk from the terminal at the Midway Transportation Center. The center is a combined rail and bus station that serves the CTA Orange Line, CTA buses, and Pace buses. Access to or from the airport terminal is via a covered walkway; just follow signs.
Several Pace buses also operate to and from Midway.
Taxis are a convenient way to get to and from Midway International Airport. Taxicabs are available on a first-come, first-served basis from the lower level curb of the terminal. Please make sure to use the taxi stands to ensure that you have a licensed taxi driver. Do not accept rides from drivers outside the cab stand at the departure area of the terminal roadways.
Taxi service is available to Chicago and suburban destinations. All taxis should have a working meter to calculate the fare based on time and mileage. Shared ride service is also available. There are no flat rates because all taxicabs run on meters. Fares may vary based on traffic conditions; expect to spend approximately $28–$30 (subject to change) for a taxicab ride to downtown Chicago.
Shared ride service is available for those who wish to share a ride and pay a flat rate to certain destinations if multiple parties are available for the trip. Shared ride fares from Midway International Airport include downtown or McCormick Place ($16 per person) and O’Hare International Airport ($35 per person). Please check out the City of Chicago taxi passenger information website for current fare information (www.cityof chicago.org/city/en/depts/bacp/supp_info/2012_passenger_in formation.html). For wheelchair-accessible vehicles, please call United Dispatch at 800.281.4466.
If you are a taking a taxi to Midway International Airport from Chicago and are not located in an area where taxis are readily available, this list of taxi companies and phone numbers may be useful to schedule a pick up. For suburban pick up, contact your local cab company.
American United Cab Association 773.327.6161
Blue Ribbon Association 773.508.9100
Checker Taxi Association 312.243.2537
Chicago Carriage Cab 312.326.2221
Choice Taxi Association 773.338.9503
A free, twenty-four-hour shuttle bus is available from all economy parking lots to the terminal curb. The shuttle buses operate seven days a week and arrive at the terminal approximately every fifteen minutes.
Go Airport Express offers door-to-door service to and from Midway airport and most city and suburban neighborhoods from 6:00 a.m.–11:30 p.m. Departures are about every 15 minutes. Please call Go Airport Express directly at the numbers below for specific departure information.
An information counter is located at lower level arrivals door 3. The pickup location is located outside door 3, inside lane. Lift-equipped vehicles are available on request for passengers with disabilities. Advanced notice is strongly suggested.
To contact Go Airport Express, call 312.454.7800 or 800.654.7871.