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Waldorf Astoria Chicago resides in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood, easily accessible by both taxis and public transportation. Depending on which airline you fly, you’ll arrive into either O’Hare International Airport, northwest of Chicago, or into Midway International Airport, southwest of the city. Both airports serve as terminus stations for specific lines of the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) trains, with the Blue Line running out to O’Hare and the Orange Line running out to Midway.
From O’Hare, you can take a Blue Line CTA train into the Loop for $2.25; you’ll have to transfer to the Red Line heading north at the Jackson stop, and exit at the Chicago stop to walk to the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel. Keep in mind that even though it is fairly easy to navigate, the Blue Line will take you more than an hour. On the other hand, you can take a cab from the airport in as little as 25 minutes (45 minutes, if there’s traffic) for $40 to $50. If you happen to land during rush hour, between 3 and 7 p.m., your best bet is the Blue Line.
From Midway, take the Orange Line into the Loop, and transfer to the Red Line at Roosevelt and exit at the Chicago station. Again, a one-way trip will cost $2.25, and the trip should last about an hour. You can also take a 20- to 40-minute cab ride from Midway for around $35 to $40.
Another option is to arrange transportation with the hotel. The Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star luxury hotel has a fleet of Lexus vehicles at its disposal — call ahead and arrange a pick up for an additional charge.