Travel to Illinois

Flying to Illinois

The major airport is: Chicago O'Hare International Airport.

Flight times:

From London to Chicago is 8 hours 40 minutes, and from New York is 2 hours.

Departure tax:


Airport guides

Airport Code: ORD. Location: Chicago O’Hare International Airport is situated 29km (18 miles) northwest of Chicago. Money: There are ATMs and bureau de change facilities within all of the airport terminals. Full-service... Read more

Airport Code: MDW. Location: Chicago Midway International Airport is situated 16km (10 miles) southwest of central Chicago. Money: ATMs are located throughout the terminal. Currency exchange is available in concourse A. Read more

Travel by rail

Downtown Chicago's Union Station is the focal point of the Amtrak rail passenger network (tel: 1 800 872 7245, in the USA only; Three of the four transcontinental lines converge here and it is also the northern terminus of north-south lines to San Antonio and New Orleans. A sixth line runs northeast to Toronto (Canada), with connections to Montreal. Services to neighbouring cities are limited.

Approximate rail journey times:
From Chicago on the 'Pennsylvanian' to New York is 21 hours; on the 'Capitol' to Washington, DC is 17 hours 45 minutes.

Getting to Illinois by boat

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