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Getting from train to hotel & all around the city

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Getting from train to hotel & all around the city

We are arriving in Chicago by train (Amtrak). How do we get to Hilton Garden Inn or any centrally located hotel? Is it feasible to take the L with luggage or would a family of 5 be better off taking a taxi? We have always travelled by car, so this is a new experience. Thanks much!

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1. Re: Getting from train to hotel & all around the city

A cab would probably be your best bet with that number of people. You can take luggage on the L but it's about a 4 block walk from Union Station.

The Sheridan Bus (route 151) begins it's run in front of Union Station. To get to the Hilton Garden Inn, you'd have to transfer from that to the Red Line subway or another bus.

Some other hotels, like the Westin, Palmer House or Hard Rock, are on the 151 route. You can get complete transit info at transitchicago.com. In addition to maps and schedules, it has a trip planner. You can enter your starting point and destination and it will tell you the best ways to travel.

If you're planning on taking public transit while you're here, there is a vending machine at Union Station that sells multi-day passes. A 1-day pass is $5, 2-day is $9 and 3-day is $12.

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2. Re: Getting from train to hotel & all around the city

I agree with the recommendation to take a taxi from Union Station to the hotel. Moving about town, a taxi might be the most economical, also . . . given the number of people in your group. Although, riding the "El" can be a fun experience if you're not accustomed to it.

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3. Re: Getting from train to hotel & all around the city

By all means a taxi. If your arrival is fairly soon, weather is a factor. You don't need to be waiting for a bus or a train, and trying to figure out where your going, in lousey or cold weather Not for a few dollars difference. Way too hectic. Should be plenty of cabs around. Might have to take two cabs if you have alot of luggage, but it still has to be worth it, hands down, for the least hassle.

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4. Re: Getting from train to hotel & all around the city

threedixiegrits, there are cabs that are minivans. The cost is the same as a regular cab. You just have to call to order one to pick you up.