Illinois Airports

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O'Hare International Airport (ORD)

Location: Chicago O'Hare is located 17 miles (27km) northwest of Chicago.
Time: GMT -6 (GMT -5 from March to November).
Contacts: Tel: +1 773 686 2200 or 773 686 3700.
Transfer between terminals: A free automated rail system, the Airport Transit System connects all terminals.
Getting to the city: Blue Line trains run every few minutes between the airport and downtown Chicago 24 hours a day; the journey takes around 50 minutes. For safety reasons travellers are advised against using the Blue Line at night. Travellers can also use the Pace bus service to get to downtown Chicago. Taxi ranks are situated outside the arrivals hall in each of the airport terminals; the fare is around $40 for the 30-45 minute journey from the airport to downtown Chicago.
Car rental: Companies represented at the airport include Alamo, Avis, Budget, Hertz and National.
Airport Taxis: There are plenty of metered taxis outside, and a taxi to the centre of Chicago takes approximately 30-45 minutes and costs about $40. But be prepared to pay twice as much during rush hour.
Facilities: Facilities at the airport include restaurants, bars, shops, duty-free shopping, bureaux de change, a bank and ATMs. The Hilton Athletic Club provides a health club, sauna, steam room and massage. There is a medical centre, baby-change facilities, a play area and a 24-hour interfaith chapel. There are also many airport art exhibits to view as well as the Urban Garen, the first aeroponic garden in the world.
Parking: Parking at Chicago O'Hare is divided into the main lots, international lots, economy lots, and valet lots, with an additional free Cell Phone Lot for pick-ups and drop-offs. Fees range from around $2 per hour at the main lots, or $5 for two hours at the international lot, to $17 per day in the economy lots. Valet parking is also available.
Website: www.flychicago.com

General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport (PIA)

Location: The airport is situated five miles (8km) west of the city of Peoria.
Time: GMT -6 (GMT -5 from mid-March to the first Sunday in November).
Getting to the city: Taxis, airport shuttles and rental cars are available at the airport. CityLink buses on Route 7 (the Garden Route) access Peoria International Airport between roughly 6.30am and 6pm on weekdays, and between 8.30am and 5pm on Saturdays. Late night access is offered via bus Route 13. Uber and other similar mobile app based taxi services are also available.
Car rental: Car rental companies represented at the airport include Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz and National.
Airport Taxis: Several taxi companies service the airport.
Facilities: Airport facilities include a restaurant, a bar, vending machines, children's play areas, a conference suite, an ATM, a lost and found, and a visitor information kiosk.
Parking: Parking is free at Peoria International Airport. Free airport shuttle buses transport passengers from the parking lot to the terminal if necessary.
Website: www.flypia.com

Quad City International Airport (MLI)

Location: The airport is located three miles (5km) from downtown Moline.
Time: GMT -6 (GMT -5 from mid-March to the first Sunday in November).
Getting to the city: The airport is accessible via the METRO bus, on Route 20 Blue. The METRO bus departs from the bus stop in front of the terminal twice an hour. Monday to Friday, operating hours are from 6.10am to 6.10pm; and on Saturdays from 8.40am to 6.10pm. There is no bus service on major holidays.
Car rental: Car rental companies represented at the airport include Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz and National. These companies are located in the public terminal inside Exits 6 and 7, on the east side of the terminal, near baggage claim.
Airport Taxis: The Metropolitan Airport Authority of Rock Island County (MAA) oversees the taxicab and shuttle services. Most of these services require a reservation, particularly at night. Taxis are available in designated parking stalls outside Exit 7, and can be called with the courtesy phone located at baggage claim.
Facilities: Airport facilities include ATMs, a business centre, work stations, a restaurant and a gift shop.
Parking: There is a free drop-off and pick-up zone, as well as short and long-term parking lots. Short-term rates are $1 for the first hour, and $2 per hour thereafter up to $15 for 24 hours. Long-term parking is $1 per hour, with a daily rate of $7. Weekly rates range from $35 to $75.
Website: www.qcairport.com

Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW)

Location: The airport is located eight miles (13km) from downtown Chicago.
Contacts: Tel: +1 (773) 838-0600. Email: aviation@flychicago.com
Getting to the city: Passengers transfering to Chicago can rent a car, or hire a limo or taxi. The Chicago Transit Authority's Orange Line runs from the airport to downtown Chicago. There are also bus services from the airport to throughout the city. The Continental Airport Express has door-to-door service on shuttles leaving every 15 minutes.
Car rental: There are several car rental agencies based at Chicago Midway.
Airport Taxis: There are taxis available from the airport lower level to downtown Chicago or any other destination.
Facilities: The airport offers restaurants, cafes, gift shops, a business centre, yoga room, ATMs and a chapel.
Parking: There is a six-level parking garage attached to the airport by a covered walkway. Complimentary shuttle buses to the terminals run every 15 minutes, 24 hours a day.
Website: flychicago.com
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Central Illinois Regional Airport Bloomington-Normal (BMI)

Location: The airport is situated five miles (8km) east of Bloomington.
Time: GMT -6 (GMT -5 from mid-March to the first Sunday in November).
Getting to the city: The Tan line of the Connect-Transit bus service provides transport to the airport via the 'CIRA Terminal' stop. Taxis and rental cars are also available at the airport.
Car rental: Car hire companies represented at the airport include Avis, Hertz and National.
Airport Taxis: Taxis are usually available at the airport, but for peak hours, or late at night, it is best to book a taxi in advance. Uber is also an option.
Facilities: Facilities at the airport include a conference centre, shops, a restaurant and a coffee shop.
Parking: All parking is free at the airport and there is a free airport shuttle available to transport passengers between the parking lots and the terminal. Short-term parking is available for up to two hours, but there is no time limit for the long-term lot.
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