Traveling to and Around Chicago

The World’s Air Crossroads

With two major international airports, O’Hare and Midway, Chicago offers more than 3,600 flights a day, making it the most accessible destination in the nation.

Those flights include direct non-stops to more international and national destinations than any city on the planet -- 46 international and 134 domestic business centers.

Chicago is a less than four-hour flight from all major North American business destinations and less than nine hours from European trade centers. The city offers daily non-stop direct flights to China, Japan and South Korea.

In addition, O’Hare International Airport has been voted the Best Airport in North America seven years running by the readers of Business Traveler Magazine.

The Center of America

Chicago is at the center of the nation's interstate highway and rail systems, making it easily accessible from anywhere in the country.

About 12.9 million people live within an easy two-hour drive of Chicago. Factor in those who live within a one-day drive, and you’ve got approximately 46 million people.

Drive Times from Select U.S. Cities



Drive Time

91 Miles
1.5 Hours
185 Miles
3.5 Hours
275 Miles
4.5 Hours
St. Louis
291 Miles
5 Hours
346 Miles
5.5 Hours


A number of major highways converge in Chicago, including Interstate 94 (from Milwaukee into Indiana), I-90 (from central Wisconsin), I-88 (from the Quad Cities), I-80 (from Iowa to New York and beyond), I-55 (from St. Louis), Interstate 57 (from Southern Illinois) and I-65 (from Indiana).

Easy to Get Around

Chicago's a big city, but it's remarkably easy to get around. All the convention facilities, hotels, cultural institutions, shopping, dining and entertainment are concentrated in a relatively small area. Everything can be easily reached by walking, public transportation, or short cab rides.

The city's rapid transit system provides quick, safe rail service to downtown from both O'Hare International and Midway airports.

A free trolley offers shuttle service between Navy Pier and downtown destinations.

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