Deep dive into eclectic Chicago and you’ll find a city that’s stuffed as full as a deep-dish pizza. Full of interesting architecture, prominent chefs, well-renowned festivals, stunning museums and a brewing scene that rivals America’s best, the Windy City is a treat and definitely worth a visit. Make sure to hit all of Chicago’s most iconic attractions, from a river cruise, explore the Millennium Park Campus, Chicago Riverwalk or venture onto the glass-bottomed Ledge at Skydeck Chicago for stunning views from one of the world’s tallest buildings. Take a culinary tour of Chicago’s diverse and delicious food scene from cheese burgers, Fulton Market to Michelin stared restaurants. This US city is packed with things to do for all travellers.View our Chicago travel guide
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Visiting from Cairns to Chicago
Fly Cairns to Chicago
The approximate flight time from Cairns to Chicago is 23 hours and 30 minutes.
When to visit
Whether you love the sun or the snow, Chicago buzzes with activities and events every month of the year. Spring in Chicago means flowers in bloom, warm weather and buzzing activity in the parks and along the lake. Temperatures typically range between 10 to 21°C. In the summer, the city is alive and packed with festivals and special events. This is patio season, with bars and restaurants spilling out onto scenic rooftops. Temperatures average around 26°C to 33°C. Autumn is windy and winters in Chicago bring picturesque snow, magical light displays, and unique holiday traditions with temperatures dropping to -1°C to 3°C.
What is the main airport called?
Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD)Opens in a new tab or window. Multi-award-winning, environmentally conscious O’Hare (ORD) is one of the largest airports in the world. It lies just 16 miles from downtown Chicago and boasts four terminals — three domestic (Terminals 1, 2 and 3) and one international (Terminal 5).
Arriving in Chicago
The staff at Chicago Airport will greet you when you land and assist with your needs. Once you collect your bags from the arrivals area, there are various transport options available to get you on your way.
Getting into Chicago from Chicago Airport
There are many transport options to make your trip to Chicago from ORD easy and stress free. The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) Blue Line ‘L’ Train, which runs 24/7, connects directly to the city from O’Hare Airport. Taxi, Lyft, and Uber are available at the terminal. GO Airport Express provides shared ride services to Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. Numerous car rental companies are available at the airports or alternatively book a limousine or chauffeur service for your stay in Chicago.
Getting around Chicago
From Chicago public trannsport to walking the city’s many neighbourhoods, there are plenty of ways to get around. Chicago’s streets are organised on a grid system. Madison Street divides the city north and south, while State Street divides it east and west, so it can be navigated on foot. Public transport options include the CTA that operates Chicago’s train and bus routes. Convenient CTA bus routes travel throughout the city, with stops every few blocks. The high-speed Metra commuter rail train connects outlying suburbs to downtown Chicago, and is a fast and easy way to travel to the heart of the city. Taxis and rideshare options are available to get you throughout the city. Water taxis offer fast, affordable connections to top tourist designations. Shuttles and limos services are a way to travel in style. Bicycles are available for hire and it’s easy to drive around town.
Fly from Cairns
Fly from Cairns. Once you’ve purchased your tickets from Cairns, there are a few things you should know to ensure you’re as prepared as possible for your upcoming trip.
What is the main airport called?
Cairns Airport.Opens in a new tab or window Located 8km (5 miles) from the city centre, Cairns Airport (CNS) is an international airport in Far North Queensland. There are two terminals: Terminal 1 - international airport and Terminal 2 - domestic airport.
Passengers on Qantas flights from Cairns are allocated checked baggage. If you need more luggage, you can purchase an additional baggage allowance online prior to departure.
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