Swissotel Chicago, 323 East Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL, 60601, USA Tel: +1-312-565-0565
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There are Taxi Stands at the lower-level curb front (outside of Baggage Claim) at each terminal. Taxi service is available to the City of Chicago and suburban destinations. Please make sure to use the designated Taxi Stands to ensure you have a licensed driver. For your protection, do not accept rides from drivers outside the cab stand or on the departure level (second level) of the terminal roadways. All taxis should have a working meter to calculate the fare based on time and mileage.
Shared ride service is available to those who wish to share a ride and pay a flat rate to certain destinations if multiple parties are available for the trip.
Public transportation: Take the BLUE line from O'HARE towards FOREST PARK and get off at the WASHINGTON Station. The hotel is about a fifteen minute walk (walk North on N. Dearborn to E Upper Wacker Drive, turn right on Upper Wacker Drive. Hotel is on the right at 323 E. Upper Wacker Drive).
Or for a shorter walk, get off the blue line at Clark/Lake, go to the upper level, and take any eastbound train (PINK, ORANGE, or GREEN) one stop to State/Lake, Walk east on Lake, then north on Columbus and it's on the right just south of Wacker.
Fares: $5 from O'Hare, $2.25 from anywhere else. You can pay with any contactless credit or debit card (look for the curved line icon) or buy a ticket or Ventra stored value card from a machine in the station.
Take the CTA ORANGE line to State/Lake and follow advice above.
The official language of Illinois is English.
Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) - The CTA runs both buses and the “L” trains. The CTA bus has 140 routes in the greater Chicago area, several routes have overnight service. The “L” is comprised of eight train routes in and around the city of Chicago. The closest “L” station to the Swissotel Chicago is State/Lake Station, serving the Brown, Orange (the line from Chicago Midway Airport), Purple, Green, and Pink lines, or the Washington Station for the Blue line (the Blue line train runs from Chicago O'Hare Airport). Both the Red line and the Blue line operate 24 hours a day.
Chicago’s downtown pedestrian way system, the Pedway, lies in the heart of the city. This system of underground tunnels and overhead bridges links more than 40 blocks in the Central Business District, covering roughly five miles.
Used by tens of thousands of pedestrians each day, the Pedway connects to public and private buildings, CTA stations and commuter rail facilities.
Development of the Pedway began in 1951, when the City of Chicago built one-block tunnels connecting the Red Line and Blue Line subways at Washington Street and Jackson Boulevard. Since then, both public and private investment have expanded the Pedway, and the system now connects more than 50 buildings.
The Pedway is a safe, quick and convenient way for pedestrians to travel downtown—especially in the winter and during times of rain or snow. The Pedway also benefits traffic by reducing the conflict between vehicles and pedestrians, resulting in fewer accidents and better traffic flow.
Map of the pedway: https://ietf.org/meeting/98/documents/pedway-map-chicago.pdf
ATMs are everywhere. Skimmers are a risk, but they are rare. Charges and exchange rates are not friendly; US banks have a very large lobby. Exchange rates at a bank counter are pretty standard.
If you work in the IP-over-postcards Working Group, and want to make snail mail great again, there is a US Post Office in the lower floor of the Aon Center (the tower just after the Fairmont, but the entrance is on Randolph, not Fairmont-side). You can reach it via pedway, too, go over Radisson and Fairmont.
At least a dry cleaner and a general cleaner in the pedway.
There are a variety of options for lunch located in the pedway (see above about the pedway) connected to the Swissotel.
Near Mariano's market: Brown Bag Seafood Co https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g35805-d6678647-Reviews-Brown_Bag_Seafood_Co-Chicago_Illinois.html or Ming Hin Cuisine https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g35805-d8727538-Reviews-Ming_Hin_Cuisine-Chicago_Illinois.html
Capriotti's Sandwich Shop, 164 N Wabash <https://www.capriottis.com/shop-menu/>
There’s a reasonably decent and quite large restaurant and bar called Howells & Hood a few minutes walk away. Head left (west) out of the hotel and down the slight hill some 3-400 yards or so and cross the bridge at North Michigan Avenue. The place is about 200 yards over the bridge on the right. (You'll pass near a statue of Abraham Lincoln talking with a contemporary man)
There are many coffee and tea shops in the area of the Swissotel. A few of them are listed here:
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