O'Hare International Airport is the primary airport serving Chicago. O’Hare, as it is more commonly called by locals, is located 27km northwest of downtown Chicago. Another airport close to the Loop, the Midway Airport, serves as the secondary airport to the city.
The airport has consistently ranked as the busiest airport in the world and it serves many international and domestic airlines. It is a major hub for United Airlines and American Airlines operate many flights from O’Hare to many cities around the world. O'Hare International Airport, with its 4 terminals and 182 gates, is also one of the few airports in the world which serve over 200 destinations.
O'Hare was originally built as manufacturing plant for Douglas C-54s during World War II. In 1949, the airport was renamed O'Hare International Airport in honor of Edward O'Hare, a naval aviator who was a Medal of Honor recipient in World War II. The original Wildcat that O’hare used is exhibited in Terminal 2 of the airport.
There are several choices for getting from the O'Hare International Airport tothe Loop or downtown Chicago. The Chicago Transit Authority runs the Blue Line rail service between the Loop and O'Hare every 15 minutes daily. Travel time takes about 35-50 minutes. Taxis are also abundant at the airport though quite pricey. Most major hotels also offer complimentary shuttle service to O’hare, or can arrange one for a fee.
Upon arriving in Chicago, you will be greeted by an impressive array of sights and options for activities. Don’t be intimidated though as getting around the city is very easy and convenient. The city is laid out in a consistent grid with an easy to navigate street system. The city centre is very walkable and packed with many sights to enjoy. Even in inclement weather, the city can still be enjoyed via its impressive network of sheltered pedestrian links.
Public transport in Chicago is extensive and affordable. The CTA operates rails and bus lines covering the entire city and surrounding suburbs. Fares for public transport are also paid with the Ventra card. Taxis care also abundant within the city and quite inexpensive.
Chicago is known as an architectural city and also boasts of some the world’s best museums and parks. There is no shortage of amazing sights and scenery to gawk at in this beautiful city. Here are some of there sights that are a must in any itinerary –
Field Museum of Natural History
The most famous resident of this museum is Sue, the giant Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton. Field Mueum also showcases an impressive collection of Egyptian artefacts. A definite must-visit.
Noted as the largest indoor aquarium in the world, Shedd Aquarium was opened in 1930. The beautiful museum features many saltwater and freshwater exhibits with dolphins, whales, sharks, and other marine life. This is truly an iconic institution of the city.
Art Institute of Chicago
Also another classic city attraction, the Art Institute of Chicago is located in Grant Park. It is the second largest art museum in the country, after the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The museum has a magnificent collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art as well as modern and classical art.
Architectural tours of notable structures including the famous buildings of Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Sullivan, Mies van der Rohe and many other architects on walking tours or river boat tours are also definitely a must-do when in Chicago. Another trip worth taking is up to the top of the city’s many tall skyscrapers such as the famous Sears Tower and the John Hancock Center.
There are so much more wonderful sights to see in this amazing metropolis. Enjoy the vibrance of Chicago and indulge in many of the city’s unique delights-- its historic treasures, attractions and culinary treats and discover why it is the sparkling gem of the Midwest. Chicago has a humid climate and experiences all the four seasons. It is best to avoid going in the winter if you can’t handle cold and windy weather. Autumn is a more popular time to visit when the weather is perfect for exploring the city. Plan your trip now and find the best flight for you by searching for promo fares to O'Hare International Airport in Chicago on Skyscanner Singapore.
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