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Transportation questions about Chicago

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Hello! There will be 4 of us traveling to Chicago in early September from Kansas. Would anyone be so kind to suggest (probably) public transportation while we are there? We fly into Midway at 10:30am and are staying at Hotel St Clair. We plan to go on an architectural boat trip leaving from the River City Marina. Also a Cubs game one evening.

Thank you so much in advance for thoughts and suggestions !!!

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You can take the Orange line of the L from Midway to downtown, getting off at the State & Lake station, which is the closest to your hotel. The hotel is about 1 mile from there, on the other side of the river. You could walk if you don’t have much luggage. Otherwise you could hail a cab or Uber. Alternately if you want to use public transit for that leg of your journey, walk the 2 blocks over to Michigan Ave and take a northbound bus to Ontario St, where your hotel is located. Google maps will give you point-to-point directions.

Edited: 30 July 2022, 17:10
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The St. Clair is a new hotel in1926 building. Small and boutique-style. The rooms are small by today’s standard, but you won’t be staying in your room all day. It is, however, a great location. The Orange Line elevate from MDW does not go near the hotel so take a taxi from the airport: door to door.

Transportation in the city is by bus, “L” (elevate and subway) and ride share. From your location at the Clair: walking. Bring comfy waling shoes. Public transit depends on where you are going.

You won’t be using the River City Marina: that is on the south side and haas no tour boats. Depending on which line you choose, you will use one of the docks on the river under the Michigan Ave. Bridge.

There is also some nice dining on Ohio St. near your hotel: Ed Devebic’s (for the kids), MingHin Cantonese, Dao Thai, Coco Pazzo Italian, Sayat Nova Armenian… It’s a three block walk west to Uno and Due pizzeria if you want deep dish. Or three blocks north on St. Clair to Gino’s Pizza, all recommendable.

Edited: 30 July 2022, 17:11
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Your hotel is well-located, so plan on walking to the River for your cruise. For a Cubs game, taking the Red Line from the stop at State/GrandAve. It's a subway at that point. Take it to Addison, which is only a block from Wrigley Field. Depending on how many days you will be here, you may want to investigate a multi-day CTA (Chicago Transit Authority) pass that's good on both bus and train. http://www.transitchicago.com for fare and route info.

As mentioned, there are many places to eat around your hotel and west of Michigan Ave, also.

If you have any partiular desires as far as cuisine, please ask.

Edited: 30 July 2022, 17:30
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Thanks so much!!

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Thank you very much!!

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Great! Thank you!!

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@shallow_shoals - there is a river boat that uses River City Marina - https://www.chicagolakefrontcruises.com/about-us - maybe the OP has some kind of charter arranged?

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Beverly, we walked passed The St. Clare last Thursday. There is a building down next door and the sidewalk is closed so there may be - will be - construction next door.

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Thanks for your input!

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