According to the WEB, it is really easy and really cheap
to take the train from the O'Hare airport to the IETF hotel.
The CTA is the subway, which is different from the suburban commuter
train. You are correct that the CTA is by far the best way to get to
downtown Chicago so long as you don't have more luggage than you can
carry. I've taken it to and from the Palmer House many times.
From the airport:
Just follow the signs to the CTA subway. The station is within the
airport, walkable by underground passage from the domestic terminals.
From the international terminal you take the intra-airport tram to one
of the domestic terminals first.
2) Take the Blue line train southbound (fare $2 USD)
You have to buy a farecard from a machine at the station before you
get on. Assuming you're planning to return to the airport, get one
for at least $4. If you're going anywhere else in Chicago, you might
want enough for a few more rides. FYI, the House of Blues is an easy
walk from the Palmer House unless it's raining really hard.
3) After approx. 45 min. ride, get off at the Monroe/Dearborn stop
4) Exit through the Monroe/Adams Mezzanine
5) Walk 1 block east on Monroe St. to the hotel at 17 E. Monroe St.
Right. If it's raining, you can get off the blue line at Clark/Lake,
go upstairs to the loop trains, and take an orange or pink line train
to the Adams/Wabash stop which is closer to the hotel.
For people who are flying into Midway, just take the orange line
subway from Midway to Adams/Wabash.
John Levine, johnl(_at_)iecc(_dot_)com, Primary Perpetrator of "The Internet
Information Superhighwayman wanna-be, http://www.johnlevine.com, ex-Mayor
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