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Chicago travel tips

1) Live like a local in Chicago by renting an apartment or staying with Couchsurfing members

Airbnb and Craigslist are great ways to deal with your accommodation issue. Renting a room will cost about $55 per night, while a whole apartment will cost about $120. There are also many Couchsurfing users in Chicago, so you can try your luck and stay with someone for free.

2) Spend time in The 606 trail in Chicago, similar to the High Line in New York

The 606 trail is very similar to New York's High Line Park. They are both created on abandoned railway tracks. It is customary to walk in this park and play sports. Sometimes festivals and musical evenings occur here.

3) If you are going to visit many museums, buy the Chicago City Pass

The Chicago City Pass provides free admission to attractions such as the Shedd Aquarium, Skydeck, Field Museum, Planetarium or Art Institute and Museum of Science and Industry, or 360 Chicago. A ticket costs $108 and is valid for nine days. An additional bonus will be the priority line, i.e. you don't have to queue.

Travelers usually depart from San Francisco International, San Francisco, CA Bus Stop, San Francisco, CA - Salesforce Plaza, San Francisco, CA Train Station, or San Francisco, CA - Fisherman’s Wharf when they travel from San Francisco to Chicago. Book your trip to arrive at O Hare International, Chicago Midway International, Chicago, IL - Union Station, Chicago Rockford International, or Chicago Downtown Greyhound Station. The distance between San Francisco and Chicago is 2968 km. The most popular airlines for this route are United Airlines, Frontier Airlines, American Airlines, Spirit Airlines, and Alaska Airlines. San Francisco and Chicago have 349 direct flights per week.

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NameCarrier codeIATA CodePassport needed during bookingOnline check-in available
United AirlinesUALUAYesNo
Frontier AirlinesFFTF9NoOpens 24 days before flight
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American AirlinesAALAAYesNo
Spirit AirlinesNKSNKNoOpens 24 days before flight
Closes 1 hours before flight
Alaska AirlinesASAASYesOpens 24 days before flight
Closes 1 hours before flight

Frequently asked questions

How long does it take to travel from San Francisco to Chicago?
A one-way nonstop (direct) flight between San Francisco and Chicago takes around 4.3 hours.
What is the flight distance between San Francisco and Chicago?
The flight distance between San Francisco and Chicago is 2968 km.
What airlines offer nonstop (direct) flights between San Francisco and Chicago?
Several carriers operate flights between San Francisco and Chicago. Airlines offering nonstop (direct) flights include United Airlines, American Airlines, Alaska Airlines.
What are the most popular routes to and from San Francisco?
Travelers frequently search for route combinations, such as San Francisco and London, Dublin, Manchester, New Delhi, Las Vegas, Glasgow, Athens, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Sydney, Paris, Hyderabad, Tahiti, New York, Washington, D.C., Toronto, Denver, Bengaluru, Minneapolis, Portland.
What are the most popular routes to and from Chicago?
Travelers frequently search for route combinations, such as Chicago and London, Dublin, Manchester, Toronto, Athens, Orlando, Hyderabad, Vilnius, New York, Las Vegas, Edinburgh, Denver, Bangkok, Minneapolis, Riga, Glasgow, Austin, San Juan, Edmonton, Tallinn.
What airports are near San Francisco?
The main airport in San Francisco is San Francisco International. It is also served by San Francisco International, Sacramento International, Oakland International, San Jose International, Charles M. Schulz–Sonoma County, Stockton Metropolitan, Monterey Regional, Merced Regional, Buchanan Field.
What airports are near Chicago?
The main airport in Chicago is O Hare International. It is also served by General Mitchell International, Gerald R. Ford International, Dane County Regional, General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International, South Bend International, Central Illinois Regional, Fort Wayne International, Quad City International, Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International, University of Illinois Willard.
What buses and trains depart from San Francisco?
A number of bus and train companies depart from San Francisco, including Greyhound.
Is it possible to combine flights, buses, and trains in one itinerary when traveling between San Francisco and Chicago?
Yes, it's possible to combine different modes of transport between San Francisco and Chicago thanks to our Virtual Interlining technology. Making use of not only flights but also trains and buses between San Francisco and Chicago can give rise to new adventures. Read more about how Virtual Interlining works on Kiwi.com Stories.
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