Chicago Travel Tips & FAQs

Need help planning your next Windy City getaway? Here, you'll find answers to some of the most common Chicago travel questions including tips, transportation, and tourist destinations.

1. What is the best way to get to and from the airport?

Whether you're flying in from O'Hare or Chicago Midway, going to and from the airport is easy with an array of public transportation options, taxis and shuttle services. If you're coming in by the "L" Train, click here to see the exact train lines to take and when.

2. What are my Chicago public transportation options?

Getting around Chicago is a breeze. The Chicago Transit Authority operates buses throughout the city, as well as the "L" Train, which makes stops near the best attractions in the city. Click here for more information.

3. I am driving to Chicago. What are the best parking options for me?

Throughout the city, there's a variety of indoor and outdoor parking garages and street parking. All parking information for the city can be found here

4. Chicago has amazing architecture. What are some of the architecture tours I can take?

Chicago has long been regarded as a shining example of American architecture and design. Through the Chicago Architecture Institute, learn more about the city's architectural history on boat, segway, walking and biking tours. All tours can be found here

5. Is Chicago a walking city?

Yes! Many of the city's tourist attractions are within walking distance of one another. You'll encounter most of the Broadway in Chicago shows in The Loop, or exceptional shopping and dining on Michigan Ave, also known as the Magnificent Mile.

6. How can I keep up with the latest happenings in the city?

There's so much going on in the Windy City that it's at times hard to keep up. Click here for more information on special events, festivals, weekend celebrations and more. [hyperlink to special events page on this site]

7. What are some kid friendly activities to do in Chicago?

From interactive activities at the Chicago Children's Museum to intriguing animal exhibits at the Lincoln Park Zoo, there's plenty of excitement in Chicago geared just for young tots. [Link to things to do page for kid friendly section within this site]

8. What and where are some of Chicago's best museums?

Chicago is a museum-friendly city and home to the Field Museum of Natural History, the Shedd Aquarium, Adler Planetarium, the Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Chicago Children's Museum. Many of the museums are located in the Museum Campus off of Lake Shore Drive.

9. What is Millennium park?

Millennium Park is a stunning public park located alongside the lakefront. Discover a 24-acre retreat featuring well-manicured lawns, public art, and landmarks like the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, "Cloud Gate," (or The Bean) and Lurie Garden. Enjoy outdoor concerts, festivals or simple unwind and relax.

10. How can I get tickets to sporting events, shows and concerts in Chicago?

Chicago boasts a packed calendar filled with the hottest summer tours, theater productions, musicals, and heart-pumping sports events. Snag your tickets to the city's best entertainment here.

11. How do I get to some of the top sporting events in the city?

The great thing about Chicago is that everything is short train ride away. To get there, it's easiest to hop on the "L" Train's Red, Green, Blue or Orange lines. Catch the Chicago Bulls and Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center, the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field, the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field, and the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field.
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