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Finding O Hare Airport

Published at 01/31/2012 21:01:10


Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, known by many as O Hare Airport, is one of the world's busiest airports. Many people from all over the world arrive at and take off from O Hare Airport every day. The airport is located northwest of downtown Chicago, near the suburbs of Rosemont, Bensenville and Schiller Park. The Chicago Transit Authority's (CTA) Blue Line provides a train service from the airport to Chicago's downtown loop and several points beyond. O Hare Airport is also accessible by car via I-90 and other highways and roads. 

Finding O Hare by train

Visitors and residents of Chicago alike, travel to O Hare Airport everyday via the CTA's Blue Line train. This train line originates from O Hare Airport and travels south towards downtown, then heads west until it ultimately ends in the suburb of Forest Park. In between the two hubs, the train stops in various neighborhoods throughout Chicago such as Old Irving Park, Avondale, Logan Square, Wicker Park, Greektown and the medical district. The line is one of the CTA's busiest and runs 24 hours per day shuttling passengers to O Hare Airport and various stops in between. Many visitors to Chicago enjoy traveling this way due to the convenience and accessibility, in addition to the fact that they can see various parts of the city from the train while traveling to or from the airport. Once passengers arrive at the underground O Hare Airport stop, they disembark the train and have immediate access to a moving walkway that can transport them to all of the airport's terminals as well as the transportation center, the parking garage, and the Hilton hotel. At the time of this publication, a one-way fare on the CTA Blue Line cost $2.25. 

Finding O Hare Airport from the north

Visitors and travelers wishing to find O Hare Airport from points north of the city such as Rockford, Schaumburg, Arlington Heights, Palatine, and even Wisconsin may access the airport from Interstate 90, also known as the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway. From the north, visitors may travel east on the tollway, paying all applicable tolls until reaching I-190. Before seeing signs for I-190 and O Hare Airport, you will see the airport and drive past it on your right-hand side. Exit the tollway at I-190 and follow the signs, as 190 will take you all the way to the terminals. Visitors from the north may also take I-294, the Tri-State Tollway, south to 190 and follow the same directions to O Hare Airport from there. 

Finding O Hare Airport from the south

To travel to O Hare Airport from the south, including the city of Chicago, various southern suburbs, and parts of Northwest Indiana can take Interstate 90 west to reach the airport. The stretch of highway south of downtown Chicago is known as the Dan Ryan Expressway while the stretch north of downtown is known as the Kennedy Expressway. Regardless of the name, visitors may travel west until they reach I-190, then follow the signs to O Hare Airport. If you reach the tollbooth for the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway, you've gone too far, as the Kennedy Expressway meets I-190 before the toll. From the south, O Hare Airport is also accesible via the Tri-State Tollway, which can be taken north to I-190.