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Chicago Destination Guide

Fly Direct to Chicago

*Note: Returns Summer 2023

Get your holiday off to a perfect start and enjoy close airport parking with short walks to the terminal. You’ll love the relaxed atmosphere at Shannon - no congestion and no hassle guaranteed!

And remember that if you’re travelling to the United States from Shannon, our full US Preclearance facilities means you can undertake all immigration, customs and agriculture inspections before you leave, making your arrival in the US easier and faster.

About eleven hours flight from Shannon, Chicago offers historical landmarks, sites to see, places to be, and areas to wine, dine, and shop. And because Chicago is a hub for American Airlines, you can connect to over 200 destinations across the Americas from there.

When you land

The Blue Line 'L' train will take you from O'Hare to downtown in about 45 minutes for about $5.00. You can get the Blue Line from Terminals 1, 2, and 3 easily by just following the signs posted at the airport that say “CTA Trains” or “Trains to the City.”

Exploring Chicago

No matter where your interests lie, you can always find something to get excited about in this Midwestern metropolis. The list of best things to do in Chicago is endless. Looking for culture? Spend a day exploring Chicago museums. Hungry? You've come to the right place, because Chicago is famous for its delicious cuisine. There are lots of amazing restaurants that highlight the city's rich and diverse culinary landscape.

The Art Institute of Chicago is filled with masterpieces from every era. Guarded by an iconic pair of bronze lions, inside houses a permanent collection of more than 300,000 artworks. 

The Garfield Park Conservatory is best known for its eight indoor display gardens, and while those are undeniably spectacular, pleasant weather provides the perfect opportunity to explore the conservatory's 10 acres of outdoor landscaping. 

Known for its unique traditions and charm, Wrigley Field, which was built in 1914, has been the beloved home of the Chicago Cubs for more than a century. Find out all about the Friendly Confines and its history of memorable events with a visit to the famous stadium. 

Cloud Gate, commonly known as the Bean, is one of the most popular photographed attractions in the city for locals and tourists who visit Chicago to see its iconic sights. It reflects the city's beautiful skyline and is arguably the best spot for a picture in Millennium Park.


Shopping & Eating

Michigan Avenue is known to be the prime shopping destination in Chicago; however, it is not the only place in the city to offer a great shopping experience. All around the city are great places to enjoy a shopping spree.

If there's one Chicago food that's the best known, it's deep-dish pizza. Composed of a thick crust, zesty tomato sauce, personalized toppings and layers of cheese, the Chicago deep-dish dares to be different.

Getting around

The best way to get around Chicago is via public transportation – specifically the L train. Operated by the Chicago Transit Authority, the L train is cheap and easy to use.

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