Chicago in about 5 hours

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    M.Moose
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    Hi, I’m arriving international long-haul T5 @9am on a Sunday (end Sept) and leaving @5pm domestic T3. So effectively my guess is I have about 5 hours of actual “city time”.

    First time in Chicago, but I have been to a number of major cities in the U.S. – Atlanta, Dallas, LA, SF, NY, Denver.

    Appreciate recommendations and suggestions.


    seasonedtraveller
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    Be careful.
    The train to the city is excellent but remember, it takes 45 mins each way. Taking a cab can be worse because of the traffic on i94 – it’s taken me more than 1 hour from downtown to ORD at busy times.
    With such a short time, it’s worth going up the Hancock tower or the Willis, for the views


    ExecPlatAA
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    Whats there to do in Chicago? Id say, stay put and relax at the lounge or if you so choose – go to the Hilton at the airport for a few drinks etc. The Magnificent Mile (downtown) is nice, but not worth a special visit.


    canucklad
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    My tip, the museum’s on Lake Shore drive. The science and industry museum and / or the aquarium nearby would be my top recommendations. Or get yourself booked into that most Chicagoan of enterprises. An Al Capone gangster tour, especially if it includes a duckbus trip on the river.


    LuganoPirate
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    My first thought was I’d stay in the lounge. Then Canucklad mentioned Al Capone tour. Now I’d go just for that!


    Tim2sms
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    I concur with canucklad, adding that a drink or a meal overlooking the lake is all part of it. If you want to de-risk the travel time a bit, try Schaumburg which is a 20 min taxi ride away. Cinemas, a good shopping mall (Woodfield) and plenty of places to eat. It’s a new town and walkable once you are there. There are back routes in if the highways are busy.

    Domestic security in T3 can be variable and there are several access points.


    batterytraveller
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    Hop on the blue line down to Logan Square and go to Longman and Eagle. Wonderful (very meaty) menu, fantastic cocktails. My standard for a long layover in Chicago.


    TominScotland
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    Thanks, all, for your advice here

    We too have an extended layover (10.00 – 18.00) coming up in Chicago and I was going to ask much the same questions. There will be 4 of us – train or taxi?


    Tim2sms
    Participant

    TominScotland – Train. Traffic is hard to predict. Very M25 ish.


    batterytraveller
    Participant

    The blue line is predictably slow. Taxis are a real crapshoot.


    M.Moose
    Participant

    Thanks everyone. Will explore some of the options. I like modern architecture / buildings. Probably couple it with a simple and nice lunch somewhere. River (view) looks good.

    Doubt I’ll stay in the lounge 😀 good to know there are nearby options.

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