Local Transportation

For additional information about local transportation, visit the City's guide to getting around Chicago

Ground Transportation at O'Hare

There are a number of ways to get to and from O'Hare International Airport. Located just 17 miles northwest of downtown Chicago, O'Hare International Airport is accessible via local mass transit lines, regional trains and buses, downtown and suburban shuttles and interstate highways. Most ground transportation access areas are located at the main entrance for each terminal. View roadway conditions from the Illinois Department of Transportation. The Landside Operations office at O'Hare International Airport is staffed from 6:00 am to 10:00 pm, seven days a week. The telephone number is 773-686-8040.

CTA / METRA / PACE Information

Use public transportation such as the CTA Blue Line as a fast and convenient way to travel to and from the airport, avoiding traffic.

Link to for the Metra Rail schedule from McCormick Place to Millennium Park. It runs all day and the times are very frequent.

Additional Metra and other regional train and bus information may be obtained by visiting the Chicago Area Regional Transportation Authority website.

PACE also provides regional bus service to O'Hare.

Taxi Cabs

Taxicabs are available on a first come, first serve basis (see chart below) from the lower level curbfront of all terminals. Shared ride service is available. There are no flat rates because all taxicabs run on meters. Expect to spend approximately $35 to $40 for a taxicab ride to downtown Chicago. For wheelchair accessible vehicles, please call United Dispatch at 800-281-4466.

Taxicab Affiliation Name

Phone Number

Yellow Cab


Flash Cab


Checker Taxi Association, Inc.


Chicago Carriage Cab


Pre-Arranged Limousines/Suburban Taxicabs

Limousines are available for Chicago and the suburbs. Contact your company of choice near the ride boards to make reservations, or reference the listing of pre-arranged limousine services. This is posted near the airport information booths, located on the lower-level (LL) of each terminal.

  • Arriving passengers should call their limousine service once they have claimed their luggage.
  • They will then be provided with a license plate number, a description of the car, and/or a door number where they can meet their driver.
  • Liveries can only meet passengers at the lower level center lane (Lane 2).
  • Depending on airport traffic it can take between 5 and 20 minutes for the vehicle to get to the designated pickup location.

Airport Shuttles

Go Airport Express

Go Airport Express offers daily, door-to-door service to/from O'Hare Airport and most city and suburban neighborhoods. Their hours of operation are from 6:00am to 11:30pm, departing approximately every 5 to 10 minutes outside the baggage claim areas of the Lower Level of the Domestic and International Terminals. The fare to the city is approximately $25.00. Lift-equipped vehicles are available on request for passengers with disabilities.

Conference attendees will receive a 10% discount using Go Airport
Express as their preferred airport transportation company. Use the ALA specific link, call the number below and mention ALA, or visit their table at Annual.

The Go Airport Express table will be located near Gate 3 of the South building. Staff will be onsite to book your transportation and answer all qustions during the hours below.

Friday, June 28, 12:00pm - 6:00pm

Saturday, June 29, 12:00pm - 6:00pm

Sunday, June 30, 12:00pm - 6:00pm

Monday, July 1, 10:00am - 2:00pm

Tuesday, July 2, 9:30am - 2:00pm

To contact Go Airport Express, call 1-773-247-1200 or 1-888-284-3826


Advance notice is strongly urged.

Renting Cars at O'Hare

Rental car agencies are located on the lower level near the baggage claim areas of Terminals 1, 2, and 3. Please look for signs and courtesy phones. From Terminal 5, rental car agencies are available by courtesy telephones located on the lower level. Many rental car agencies also offer courtesy buses to various automobile pick-up/drop-off areas. During the FACE construction project, please look for signs which may indicate a temporary relocation of the rental car areas or courtesy phones.















Ground Transportation at Midway

CTA / PACE Information

The CTA offers "L" (train) and bus service in Chicago and surrounding suburbs. The CTA Orange Line train is the most convenient and affordable way to go from Midway International Airport to downtown Chicago (the Loop) via public transit. With regularly scheduled arriving and departing trains, you will experience minimal wait times.

CTA Orange Line 'L'

Orange Line train service operates from Midway (on the southwest side of Chicago) to downtown via elevated tracks. (Once reaching downtown, trains travel clockwise around the Loop and then make all stops back to Midway.) The normal travel time to downtown from Midway is 20-25 minutes.

The Orange Line operates from approximately 4:00 - 4:30 am to approximately 1 a.m. every day with more frequent service during weekday morning and evening rush hours. Alternate overnight ("owl") service is available via the N62 Archer bus.

For a complete Midway International Airport Station timetable please check out the CTA's website below. Specific fare information is available at the link below. The CTA's website has a variety of trip planning information.

A free transfer is available to connecting CTA train lines at designated stations. See the Orange Line Route Guide or Orange Line Route Maps for connection information.

To make a paid transfer, such as to a bus route, you'll need an unlimited ride pass or a Transit Card. If you're using a stored-value Transit Card, you can make up to two transfers within two hours for just 25 cents (deducted automatically at the time you make your first transfer).

Getting to the Orange Line from the Midway Airport Terminal Building

The fully-accessible Midway station is situated just east of the airport terminal building and is connected to the airport via an enclosed walkway. Follow the signs to "CTA Trains" or "Trains to City" from the airport. An orange line painted on the ground will guide you there.

CTA Buses

The CTA offers nine bus routes that serve Midway. Buses are a great public transportation option for those that are not coming or going along the CTA Orange Line. Several Pace buses also operate to and from Midway.

CTA buses drop off and pick up a brief walk from the terminal at the Midway Transportation Center. The center is a combined rail and bus station that serves the CTA Orange Line, CTA buses, and Pace buses. Access to or from the airport terminal is via a covered walkway; just follow signs.

Detailed CTA bus route information can be found on the CTA's website.


Taxis are a convenient way to get to and from Midway International Airport. Taxicabs are available on a first come, first serve basis from the lower level curbfront of the terminal. Please make sure to use the Taxi Stands to ensure you have a licensed taxi driver. Do not accept rides from drivers outside the cab stand at the departure area of the terminal roadways.

Taxi service is available to City of Chicago and suburban destinations. All taxis should have a working meter to calculate the fare based on time and mileage. Shared ride service is also available. There are no flat rates because all taxicabs run on meters. Fares may vary based on traffic conditions; expect to spend approximately $28 to $30 for a taxicab ride to downtown Chicago.

Shared Rides

Shared ride service is available for those that wish to share a ride and pay a flat rate to certain destinations if multiple parties are available for the trip. Shared ride fares from Midway International Airport include downtown or McCormick Place ($16 per person) and O'Hare International Airport ($35 per person).Please check out the City of Chicago taxi passenger information website for current fare information. For wheelchair accessible vehicles, please call United Dispatch at 1-800-281-4466.

Taxi Service Providers

If you are a taking a taxi to Midway International Airport from the City of Chicago and are not located in an area where taxis are readily available, this list of taxi companies and phone number may be useful to schedule a pick up. For suburban pick up, contact your local cab company.

American United Cab Association


Blue Ribbon Association, Inc.


Checker Taxi Association, Inc.


Chicago Carriage Cab


Choice Taxi Association


Airport Shuttles

A free, 24-hour shuttle bus is available from all economy parking lots to the terminal curbfront. The shuttle buses operate 7 days a week and arrive at the terminal approximately every 15 minutes.

Go Airport Express

Conference attendees will receive a 10% discount using Go Airport
Express as their preferred airport transportation company.  See the
travel details below and click on the link to secure your shuttle today.

Go Airport Express offers door-to-door service to and from Midway airport and most city and suburban neighborhoods from 6:00 am to 11:30 pm. Departures are about every 15 minutes. Please call Go Airport Express directly at the numbers below for specific departure information. The fare to the city from Midway International Airport is approximately $19.00.

An information counter is located at Lower Level Arrivals door 3. The pickup location is located outside door 3, inside lane. Lift-equipped vehicles are available on request for those passengers with disabilities. Advanced notice is strongly suggested.

To contact Go Airport Express, call 312-454-7800 or 800-654-7871



Rental Car Services

Midway International Airport offers a variety of options for vehicle rentals. Rental car agencies are located inside the terminal on the Lower Level (Arrivals). Some rental car companies offer pick-up and drop-off service in Level 2 of the Main Airport Parking Garage; others are located off-airport and offer free shuttle service. Rental car shuttles pick up at the arrival curb front which is the lower level outside of baggage claim. For specific information on hours of operation and whether they offer pick-up and drop-off service in the Main Airport Parking Garage or are located off-site, please contact the individual rental car company.

Check out the car rental companies below that serve Midway International Airport to find vehicle availability and rates.



(800) 777-5500



(800) 327-9633


In Terminal

(800) 331-1212


In Terminal

(800) 527-7000


In Terminal

(800) 800-4000


In Terminal

(800) 566-9249


In Terminal

(800) 654-3131



(800) 227-7368


In Terminal

(800) 527-7075


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