Samara wrote:rinkrat19 wrote:I'd definitely get a multi-day CTA pass...I just used cash when I was there, and since they don't do transfers on the buses (wtf?), it's $2.25 every time you get on. Ran through a lot of $1 bills.Opie wrote:Not including lodging or transport to Chicago, how much should one bring per day for public transit, food, etc.?
If you're curious, cab fare from O'Hare to Streeterville/Mag Mile is about $40 plus tip. Next time I'm going to try taking the El, but I didn't want to make trying to figure out train changes my very first Chicago experience.
They do transfers on the bus, don't they? I think you have to ask for a transfer card or something when you get off. Definitely do the pass though. A one-day pass is $5.75 and a three-day is $14 so it's a pretty good deal. Unfortunately, you can only buy 3- or 7-day passes at the station vending machines. If you want a 1-day, you have order online (lol) or go to like a Walgreens or Jewel or something.
Riding CTA from O-Hare is pretty easy. Hop on the Blue Line towards Forest Park (Downtown). Transfer to the Red Line at Jackson. Get off at Chicago and walk like four blocks. Google Maps also says you can take the Blue Line to the Washington stop and then the 157 bus, which is apparently four minutes faster and involves less walking.
The walk from the Chicago Redline stop isn't bad, and is a little scenic if you're new to Chicago, you cross Mich Ave, see the watertower, get a good view of Hancock Building...but it can be windy (it's Chicago after all).