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Hi we are in chicargo for 8 hrs arriving at train station from new york and also getting the train to new orleans same day

we are looking at the hop on hop off bus as we have limited time

but cant see the train station on the map does anybody know if it goes near the station, and is it a good idea to do the bus trip thanks

coachusa.com/chicagotrolley/…tour-map.asp

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Union Station is on the other (west) side of the river from stop 13, the Willis Tower. I think chicargo is the home of the Lincoln Park Pirates!!

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IMO - with an 8 hour window, HO bus is not a good option. You're also assuming that your train will arrive on time. The closest HO stop is#13 Willis Tower.

Pick 2-3 attractions that you want to see. CTA buses and trains will get you anywhere you'll need to go. http://www.transitchicago.com/ for public transit information. A 1-day CTA fun pass would be a good option.

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thank you very much for the info

will check out the CTA FUN PASS :)

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Also, be advised that there is construction on Wacker Drive which separates Union Station from the main part of the city. Currently, the intersections of Wacker/Monroe and Wacker/Adams are closed. As the work progresses, those areas will reopen then, Wacker/Jackson and Wacker/VanBuren will close.

These detours may force you to walk a bit out of your way and are rerouting several buses. Be sure to check the schedule and latest info at http://wackerdrive.org and add a few extra minutes travel time if necessary.

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The Lakesore Ltd and the Cardinal from NYC have been doing very well with on-time arrival around 10:00am this year (so far), The City of New Orleans leaves at 8:00pm so you should have most of the day in the city. The hop-on, hop-off from the Willis (nee Sears) tower goes as far north as the Hancock tower on upper Michigan Ave. It may serve you well. If you are travelling sleeper car then you may leave your luggage in the Metroplitan Lounge. There is an airline member lounge style luggage closet there. There are also baggage lockers in the checked baggage pick-up area. If you want your luggage stored for you, there is RedCap Service available. I use Redcap because I preferred to have my bags behind locked doors. Tip $2 per bag minimum. When you leave the station go to the south side of the building and cross into the Loop on Jackson St. That will take you directly to the Willis Tower in three blocks. Have dinner in the city - The City of NO does not serve dinner leaving Chicago. Be back at Union Station at 7:00 The train boards 1/2 hour before departure time. There is, by the way, no "r" in Chicago.

Edited: 23 January 2012, 15:37
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I am in New York and am thinking of coming to Chicargo but know nothing .Is it expensive to find a hotel and are there many music venues?

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Can you all please learn that our city is Chicago. NOT ChicaRgo. Thanks

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So sorry. Thanks for the heads up and all your help.

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I would also recommend you do the hop on-hop off trolley.

You have plenty of time to get an overview of the city tourist areas since you didn't want to stay a few days to experience the wonders of Chicago.

Catch the trolley at Willis, get off at Navy Pier and walk around.

Take the trolley back to Michigan Avenue and start walking south on Michigan. If you don't get tired, check out Millenium Park.

At some point, perhaps back at Union Station get something to go for the train ride down to N.O.

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133leone-this post is about what to do for an 8 hour train layover. Its also 6 months old You might want to ask a new question. Also, you can look at the "Things To Do" in the Chicago menu. Type your interests in the search engine or type in "what to do" and read through some of the other questions.