Originally Posted by BigRedChief
Man that train system looks good. Easy to get around without paying a fortune in cab fare or messing with parking a rental. Anyone ride the trains?
For sure. The locals bitch about CTA all the time, but its great for getting around and fairly easy.
You're only problem coming from O'hare will be that there's no easy transfer to where you need to get on the red line. Your stop is Chicago - RED, which is just north of the loop. The earliest red connection with blue isn't until the south of the loop and you'll then have to go back north on red for 5-6 stop, with luggage, on one of the busiest parts of the El. But you could take it in and hop off right around the loop and walk if its nice or grab a taxi/bus. Still save some money.
To Midway you'll be fine. Just hop on the Chicago-RED, and take that south to Roosevelt. Then you'll transfer there to orange for a straight shot to Midway.
Parking and driving is a bitch. Don't rent a car. Taxis are great and everywhere. Especially when cold. Buses are great too, and a lot of times quicker than the el. Great for museum hopping.