Transportation for Events in Chicago | The Vendry

Event Planning Guide

Public Transportation
Considered the hub of the Midwest, Chicago is easily accessible to other major cities, with a central location along the Great Lakes shoreline in Illinois. Plus, the city itself boasts a variety of public transportation options, along with an organized grid system that makes it manageable to navigate on foot.
Airport Information
Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD)
O’Hare (ORD) is one of the largest airports in the world, with four terminals (three domestic and one international) and many international and domestic carriers; United Airlines and American Airlines are the most prominent. Also, most connecting flights to smaller cities in the Midwest stop at O'Hare. Keep in mind, the airport is notorious for its delays, but there are plenty of hotel options in the area. The CTA’s Blue Line runs between downtown and O'Hare every five to 15 minutes, 24/7.
Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW)
Midway (MDW) is known for its low-cost carriers that service over 60 destinations, and it is the largest airport for Southwest Airlines. Compared to O’Hare, Midway is more compact, less crowded, and has fewer delays. Plus, it's closer to downtown. The CTA’s Orange Line connects directly to Midway.
Public Transportation
Walking: Like most major cities, Chicago streets are organized by a grid system, with avenues running north and south and streets running east and west minus some exceptions. The city’s central business district is commonly referred to as the Loop and is the main section of downtown. Chicago’s downtown pedestrian way system (the Pedway), a network of tunnels, ground-level concourses, and bridges connecting buildings throughout the business district, allows travelers to easily explore the city on foot whi
Bus: The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) operates the city’s trains and buses including eight “L” train lines; locals refer to the public train system as the "L” because most lines run on elevated tracks. All lines radiate from the Loop and are divided by colors: Red, Green, Brown, Blue, Purple, Yellow, Orange, and Pink. Subway and bus fares are paid using the Ventra card system. Download the Ventra app to track arrival and departure times for buses and trains. Bus routes run throughout the city, wit
Rail: The high-speed Metra commuter rail train connects outlying suburbs to downtown Chicago. Metra's Electric Line provides service to the convention center, Hyde Park, Pullman Historic District, and Rainbow Beach. Expect these trains to be crowded during rush hour.