Chicago Airport help needed

Mar 12th, 2012, 11:36 AM
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I am going to toss out this suggestion. Upon arrival, take a taxi from ORD to the Marriott Burr Ridge which takes about 20 minutes. Take the hotel's free shuttle (reservation necessary) to MDW the following morning. I happen to use this hotel as my "guest room."

http://www.marriott.com/hotels/maps/...at-burr-ridge/
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Mar 12th, 2012, 12:55 PM
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weekender. great suggestion!
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Mar 12th, 2012, 01:42 PM
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Amen Weekender - very good idea. And again - Debit - not sure that I have been clear - and yes I understand you are flying in from overseas, but I would still challnge you that I could pop in a taxi outside baggage claim at O'Hare and be in my Midway hotel within half an hour - probably as quick as your waiting for a shuttle to board and then to get to a hotel by O'Hare.

And as for staying at the Hotel inside O'Hare - have you checked the rates on that v. staying at a decent hotel by Midway? I am only guessing it would be about double.
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Mar 12th, 2012, 02:07 PM
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If you go to Burr Ridge, make sure you don't take a Chicago taxi since there will be a 50% surcharge for going to a suburb. You'll have to call a suburban taxi company and wait for them, since they aren't allowed in the Chicago taxi line. That can easily take half an hour or more. Don't know why you would want to stay at a hotel that is only a 15-20 minutes drive at night from Midway.
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Mar 12th, 2012, 02:08 PM
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And please forgive me if I am beating a dead horse - but I was faced with this same challenge last October - when flying back to Chicago to then go to the SC game at Notre Dame/South Bend, Ind. I was flying into O'Hare - and from there was going to the game and back - and then flying on to NYC out of Midway, then 3 days later - back to Midway - and after going to a college reunion event that evening up in the North Shore area - the next day - out of O'Hare back to SD.

I checked ALL the ways to get from one airport to another and scoured the Net for clean, inexpensive lodging near both airports - since it was just myself (my wife went somewhere with the girls for a fun weekend - Santa Barbara I think it was).

I found a number of clean 2 stars Hotels/Motels by both airports - (that I also drove by after I picked up my rental car - on the way to a friend's place up in the North Shore - and the next day going over to South Bend) and one at Midway was around $50 a night. And I made sure they had comp shuttles to the airports.

This site may help - and it shows a 3 star Clarion near Midway - for a night I randomly picked in May- the 17th - for $109.
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Mar 12th, 2012, 02:10 PM
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Here is the site - and it has a number of hotels, and there are other sites. It's all about what you want for one night - and what you want to pay.

http://chicago.hotelscheap.org/mdw-airport.html
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Mar 13th, 2012, 07:06 AM
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About taking the train in the morning - how crowded will the train be? Do people use this route for commuting to work? What are considered train "rush hours" for this route?

Still leaning towards staying near O'Hare and taking the train in the morning, at this moment.

Also, want to thank everyone for their input. This is what makes Fodors so great!
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Mar 13th, 2012, 07:14 AM
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Good idea Debit. If you don't sleep at all on the plane, find a very close to O'Hare hotel. Your body clock will tell you that it is 10:30 AM in Europe at about 4:30 AM CDT. Get on the Blue line about 5AM and you will be at Midway before the big rush.
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Mar 13th, 2012, 07:36 AM
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Checking the map that you posted [thanks!] tomfuller, it looks like the Blue Line in would have commuters, but the Orange Line out seems not be used by commuters as it travels from Chicago downtown to Midway, perhaps just by reverse commuters.
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Mar 13th, 2012, 11:57 AM
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Both lines are used by commuters but in the morning O-Hare stop is the beginning of the blue line so you will get on pretty easily and find a seat. It will get full though. The Orange line is more questionable as there are businesses, schools, hospitals etc. along that route with people who do commute. But even if you wanted to allow extra time at Midway and arrive at 10:00 am (2.5 hours before your flight) you would not be needing to get on the Orange line until about 9 am. That time is at the tail end of the rush hour anyway.
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Mar 13th, 2012, 01:21 PM
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Hey - it's your call. If you want to get on the shuttle to go back to O'Hare, and then spend time waiting for trains/connections - all the time schlepping your bags around - all told two hours or more - be my guest. To me - it's a whole lot of work when you could probably save the cost of the cab fair by getting a more resonably priced room close to Midway and be checking into your hotel abou a half hour after getting out to the taxi stand.
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Mar 13th, 2012, 01:49 PM
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Agree with Tomsd. At O'Hare, there is one Shuttle Center for rental cars, hotels, etc. You will need to take the inter-terminal train from International Terminal 5 to Terminal 3 or 2, proceed to the Shuttle Center and then wait for pickup.

Do yourself a favor. Grab a taxi at Terminal 5 and go to a hotel at Midway.
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Mar 13th, 2012, 01:52 PM
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Actually, I think we will stay at Holiday Inn Express in Rosemont. It has a free airport shuttle from O'Hare and they will take us on the shuttle to the train station for the Blue Line into Chicago.
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Mar 13th, 2012, 02:53 PM
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Please file a post trip report and tell us how it went.

Moi - I would much rather be enjoying my continental breakfast - with maybe a glass (even two?) of champagne to celebrate returning from a great trip in Europe - and then take a dip in the pool - or maybe pop in a Jacuzzi - before taking a leisurly shower and catching the 5 to 10 minute shuttle to Midway.
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Mar 13th, 2012, 02:55 PM
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It's not till end of October, but I will.

Thanks for everyone's input and suggestions. There are always many ways to do things and in the end, you have to go with works for you.
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Mar 13th, 2012, 03:32 PM
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Hi Deb
We have stayed at a hotel in Rosemont (I can't remember the name) but it was very easy. Then we walked outside the hotel to an italian restaurant and had a bite to eat before crashing. I think that is a good plan. Have fun.
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Mar 13th, 2012, 05:54 PM
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I stayed at the Hyatt O'Hare in August, the blue line was walking distance from the hotel. Not sure if they had an airport shuttle but I would guess they do.

I can see both sides - Yes, it makes sense to push yourself and just take a cab to Midway area when you arrive as you'll probably save a little bit of money and won't have to travel much in the morning. But, I can totally see how the thought of cabbing it to another airport after a long flight would be unappealing.

I actually enjoyed riding the train, might sound weird but it was not a bad way to spend an hour. Since you each have just one carry-on it won't be a lot of stuff to lug around. Perhaps you could take the train into downtown, wander around a little bit and then head to Midway? You'll get increasing numbers of riders the closer you get to downtown, but once outside the loop the train really emptied out (at least on the Orange line).
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Mar 13th, 2012, 11:20 PM
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The hotel where we stayed was the Residence Inn Rosemont. They had a shuttle which was reached from the hotel phone in the arrival area. As I said, it was very easy.
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Mar 14th, 2012, 12:24 AM
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I think a 1 hour 45 minute train ride with change of lines before a flight ( albeit the next day) instead of a 35-45 min taxi ride where i could doze off against my travel companions' shoulder after a long flight and wake up next to my fight airport does not sound appealing at all to me.

I doubt any of us would do this in Paris or London.

Sounds like a tiring way to start out yet another long trip.

P.S. I LOVE the "El" and LOVE public transportation but in this case scenario, I doubt you could convince me.
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Mar 14th, 2012, 03:12 AM
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Agree with Tomsd. At O'Hare, there is one Shuttle Center for rental cars, hotels, etc. You will need to take the inter-terminal train from International Terminal 5 to Terminal 3 or 2, proceed to the Shuttle Center and then wait for pickup.

Do yourself a favor. Grab a taxi at Terminal 5 and go to a hotel at Midway.>

I 100 percent agree and echo Lincasnova's thoughts of 1.45 minute train right with a change of trains with bags sounds like hell to me the morning after arriving back from a long international flight. I would get a taxi at night - and grab a hotel by Midway and be able to sleep/relax in the am. The Taxi and knowing my bed is right on the other end and no hassle in the am would make for a much more restful sleep. What is planned sounds pretty rough to me.
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