Ground Transportation at Chicago O’ Hare International airport –
Taxi/cab/limousine service to and from O’Hare Airport (ORD)–
Taxis are available outside lower level of each terminal. For taxis/cabs to Chicago suburbs, there are listings available at each terminal lower level at their courtesy board. Some of the main Chicago taxi companies include –
Some examples of taxi /cab fares from/ to Chicago O’Hare Airport are given below. (These are just indicative of the approximate rates – as of 2009. They could change.)
Taxi/cab fare from Amtrak Union Station to Chicago O’Hare Airport (ORD) is approximately $40.
Taxi/cab fare from Chicago O’Hare Airport (ORD) to Downtown Chicago is about $42.
Cab / Taxi fare from O’Hare (ORD) to Elmhurst / Oak brook - $28 + tolls
Taxi fare from Chicago Loop to O’Hare Airport (ORD) is around $40 + tolls
Taxi/cab fare from O’Hare to Naperville is around $40 + tolls
Cab fare from Schaumburg / Arlington heights to O’Hare is around $28 +tolls
Taxi/cabs are available from Chicago O’Hare Airport (ORD) to Oak Brook, Libertyville, Hoffman Estates and to Plainfield.
The most convenient method but not the cheapest method of reaching the Chicago suburbs from O’Hare Airport would be to take the cab/taxi. Taxi/Cabs are available from Chicago O’Hare Airport (ORD) to Aurora, Elgin, Joliet, Waukegan, Cicero, Skokie, Evanston, Palatine and if required even to Hammond in Indiana and Kenosha in Wisconsin. But of course the fares would vary and depend on the distance between the places.
CTA (Chicago Transit Authority) operates a large fleet of buses and also the Rapid Transit system (trains) in Chicago and forty suburbs around the city. CTA’s Blue Line train serves O’Hare Airport. One can take this to get into the city and change trains/buses depending on destination. It goes towards Forest Park. One can get to the CTA station from the baggage claim area by following the sign “Train to City” and the blue arrow on the ground. For bus shuttles follow the red arrow on the ground from baggage claim area.
Metra is a Regional rail system serving Chicago and the suburbs; the service area includes the counties Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will. This regional service has various lines. The North Central Service operates between Antioch and Chicago. From Chicago to O’Hare by Metra, One can get down at O’Hare (which comes after Rosemont), then take the airport shuttle bus to the ATS station. From Antioch side, O’Hare comes after Prospect Heights.
PACE, also run by the RTA (Regional Transportation Authority) operates buses to the Chicago suburbs. They also have vanpools and dial-a-ride programs. At O’Hare airport the PACE is located near Lot E.
Car rental at O’Hare Airport –
Car rental counters are located only at Terminal 1 lower level. But courtesy boards are there at each terminal from where passengers can call the rental agencies.
Inter-terminal transport at O’Hare, Chicago –
The ATS (Airport Transit System) at O’Hare aids in easy transit between various points with the Airport area viz. the terminals, parking lots, Metra station and PACE stop. It is a 24/7 rail system which along with shuttle buses connects the domestic terminals, international terminal and parking lots. All ATS route system are accessible to individual with disabilities.
O’Hare airport (ORD) offers passengers a number of amenities apart from the usual restaurants, duty free shopping, retail outlets, battery charging for laptops, wireless etc. For a quick shower one can get the facility by paying a small charge at the Hilton Health Club. There are some points of interest for passengers with leisure time at hand at the airport. There is a Brachiosaurus Dinosaur mounted in Concourse B of Terminal 1. The Butch O’Hare WWII Fighter Airplane exhibit is located in terminal 2. There is a ‘Fly Children’s Exhibit’ for kids twelve and less at terminal 2. The medical center and Travelers Aid Office are located at Terminal 2 upper level. Foreign currency exchange facility is available at terminal 5, lower level, Seaway Bank (T2) and by Gate K11 (T3).
Chicago O’Hare Airport Shuttles
A number of shuttle companies operate regular service between O’Hare airport (ORD) and downtown. Usually Shuttles depart from O’Hare airport every 10-15 minutes and frequent services are available for downtown Chicago hotels and suburbs. “Go Airport Express” shuttles are available at Door 1E, 2D and 3F (across baggage claim level). “Chicago airport shuttle” operates shuttle service from o’Hare to chicago city center (available at door 1E, 2D or 3E).