Travel

Getting to Chicago

O'Hare Airport terminal

What is the typical current airfare to your closest airport from world cities such as London, Boston,  Los Angeles, Tokyo, Melbourne, etc ?

Based on Expedia searches done in August 2018 for June 2019:

  • Auckland: $1380-$1900 (1-2 stops)
  • Boston: $190-$300 (nonstop available)
  • Chicago: FREE!!!
  • Dallas: $350-$430 (nonstop available)
  • Dublin: $480-$1000+ (nonstop available)
  • Helsinki: $660-$860 (nonstop available)
  • Houston: $265-$500 (nonstop available)
  • London: $375-$670 (nonstop available)
  • Los Angeles:  $355-$370 (nonstop available)
  • Melbourne: $1260-$2000 (1-2 stops)
  • New York: $178-$247 (nonstop available)
  • Seattle: $185-$602 (nonstop available)

We also looked in June 2020 for April 2021 on Expedia (as far forward as we could choose), and the prices generally are a bit lower. Hard to say how they will be affected long-term by the pandemic travel restrictions.

Do international flights, as well as domestic, fly into your local airport? Which airlines? If not, where is the closest international airport? Are direct flights from the cities above flown into your local airport?

Most major carriers, both domestic and international, can be found at O’Hare, with the exception of Southwest, which has their hub at Midway.  O’Hare is a hub for both American Airlines and United Airlines.

How far is your convention site from the nearest airport/train station and what is the likely cost of getting to the hotels by both public transport and taxi from that airport/train station?

There are multiple transportation options.

The Hyatt has transportation options on their site.

Definitions of Public Transportation

Amtrak: Intercity rail system which services Chicago through Union Station.
CTA: The Chicago Transit Authority, it runs the L and city bus systems as well as providing some suburban bus service.
Greyhound: Intercity bus systems which services Chicago through the Greyhound Station.
L: Chicago’s elevated rapid transit rail system run by the CTA. Despite the name, it does go underground at times. L lines are color coded.
Metra: Chicago’s commuter rail system connecting Chicago to its surrounding suburbs.
Pace: The suburban bus and regional paratransit division of the RTA.
RTA: The Regional Transportation Authority which provides funding to the CTA, Metra, and Pace systems.

Amtrak (train) arrives at Union Station, which is 1.5 miles from the Hyatt. From the Union Station Transit Center, catch the 151 Devon/Clark bus to Michigan and Wacker. Head east on Wacker for about .2 miles to the Hyatt Regency.

The Greyhound (bus) Station is 2 miles from the Hyatt. From the Greyhound Station, head east on Harrison to Jefferson and catch the 60 Randolph/Harbor Drive bus to Randolph and Michigan. Head east on Randolph to Stetson Avenue and turn north (left) on Stetson to the Hyatt Regency.

Both Uber and Lyft operate in Chicago and may be reasonable alternatives to taxis or other public transportation.

Both airports have extensive public transportation options to downtown Chicago.

From O’Hare:

By taxi: A taxi from O’Hare to the hotel will cost around $50-$60 plus tip. Additional passengers increase the total fare and travel during peak times may be more expensive.

By L: The Blue Line elevated train comes in from O’Hare Airport. The closest Blue Line station to the hotel is at Washington/Wabash (~.5 mile). Exit the station and head north on Wabash to Randolph Street. Turn east (right) on Randolph and go to Stetson Avenue. Head north (left) on Stetson to the Hyatt Regency Chicago. Note that although the standard L fare is $2.50 per trip, the fare price is doubled for passengers embarking from O’Hare.

By Metra (rail): Take the airport shuttle bus marked “Metra” from the upper level of each domestic terminal to the O’Hare Transfer station at Zemke Road and Mannheim Road. The train will take you downtown to Union Station. This is a more expensive, a less convenient option than taking the Blue Line.

By bus: Although there is are PACE (suburban) buses from O’Hare into the city, they are not time efficient and may require multiple transfers. We do not recommend them as a preferred method of transportation.

From Midway:

By taxi: A taxi from Midway to the hotel will cost around $30-$40 plus tip. Additional passengers increase the total fare and travel during peak times may be more expensive.

By L: The Orange Line elevated train comes in from Midway Airport. The closest Orange Line station to the hotel is at State/Lake (~.4 mile). Exit the station and head east on Lake Street to Stetson Avenue. Head north (left) on Stetson to the Hyatt Regency Chicago.

By bus: Although there is also access to CTA and PACE (suburban) buses, they are not time efficient and may require multiple transfers. We do not recommend them as a preferred method of transportation.

Public Transportation Fares

Complete information on the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) fares and payment techniques can be found here. This includes Chicago buses and the L, but does not include Metra or Pace buses.

Metra pricing is Zone based and can be found here. Metra charges extra for tickets purchased on the train if the passenger’s originated station had an open ticket window, but tickets can be purchased on their app at any time for the normal rate.

Pace fares can be found here.