The larger of Chicago’s two international airports, Chicago O’Hare International Airport is one of the world’s busiest air transport hubs. There are no long haul direct flights between Chicago and New Zealand. It is necessary for visitors to make at least one connection to fly from Chicago to New Zealand. Within the airport, there is a huge variety of restaurants, bars, fast-food outlets and cafés in the departure areas of all terminals. Terminals 1, 2 and 3 have coffee shops before security screening, while Terminal 5 has more choice, with fast-food outlets, bars and a restaurant in the public concourse. The terminals also have a wide range of shops where visitors can splurge their money at.
What to See & Do
Chicago has a set of museums and cultural institutions which are among the best in the world. It is possible to reach three of the museums, The Museum Campus, Adler Planetarium and the Field Museum of National History which are located within a short walk of each other in the Near South. For those interested in art, head to the Art Institute of Chicago where you will find a handful of iconic household artists among an unrivaled collection of impressionism, modern and classical art along with tons of historical artifacts.
If you are travelling to this city with your children, spend a day heading to the Lincoln Park Zoo. The zoo has a huge collection of flora and fauna as well as wildlife species. There are plenty highlights like the Regenstein Center for African Apes which is very worth the time. The Adler Planetarium is another place to bring your children to for all sorts of cool hands-on space exhibits and astronomy shows.
There are many parks where visitors can go to chill and relax away from the chaos of the city. The Grant Park hosts music festivals throughout the year while the Millennium Pak is a good destination for visitors of all ages especially during summer. If you enjoy playing golf, head to the Jackson Park.
From the airport, there are plenty of taxis that make trips to and from the city center but they are quite expensive especially during the rush hours. There are also trains that have direct services from the airport to the city center and is less expensive and takes a shorter time. Large hotels also offer complimentary shuttle vans to and from the airports and the heart of the city.
The best way to see Chicago is by public transit. It is cheap (basically), efficient (at times), and safe (for the most part). The metro goes to almost all major attractions within the city center. Alternatively, buses run on nearly every major street throughout the entire city, and in many cases, every four blocks apart. Look for the blue and white bus stop sign, which should show the route that the bus will take. Avoid driving in downtown Chicago as the traffic conditions can be terrible and heavy.