The first step is to get downtown. The easiest way to do this is to take the El line. From O'Hare, take the blue line El from O'Hare to the Clinton stop. From Midway, take the orange line El to the Quincy/Wells stop. Depending upon the time one arrives, one has the option of Greyhound or Amtrak. Both are about 2-5 blocks from either El station.
To get to Union Station from the blue line El stop (Clinton), walk north on Clinton St. ~2 blocks. To get to the Greyhound station, walk one block south on Clinton St. to Harrison, then two blocks west.
To get to Union Station from the orange line El stop (Quincy/Wells), walk south to Jackson (1 block), then west on Jackson two blocks (crossing river) to Union Station. To get to the Greyhound station, follow the directions to Union station, then continue another block west, turn south on Clinton, go one block, then turn west on Harrison for two blocks.
On Amtrak, from Union Station, there are two trains each day going to Champaign with the following schedules:
Illini dpt Chicago 4:00PM arr Champaign 6:25PM City of New Orleans dpt Chicago 8:00PM arr Champaign 10:37PM
dpt Chicago arr Champaign 03:00AM 05:20AM 06:00AM 09:05AM 11:00AM 02:05PM 02:30AM 05:10PM 01:45PM 05:25PM 06:30PM 10:20PM
To return on Amtrak, there are two trains each day.
City of New Orleans dpt Champaign 6:33PM arr Chicago 9:35PM Illini dpt Champaign 6:55PM arr Chicago 9:35PM
Warning. The City of New Orleans northbound can be up to two hours late getting in to Chicago. I recommend either taking this into account, taking Greyhound, or for the adventurous, contacting me for Joel's secret way.
To return on Greyhound
dpt Champaign arr Chicago 03:10AM 05:40AM 09:05AM 12:45AM 11:55AM 04:00PM 02:45AM 05:15PM 06:00PM 09:00PM 09:50PM 12:45PM (next day)
The Blue Line trip takes 45 minutes.
To make reservations on Amtrak, call 1-800-USA-RAIL
To make reservations on Greyhound, call (800) 231-2222.
This information is current as of 8 September 1998.