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Because that's about how long it takes at this time of day during the week. On that route, in addition to the almost-always very heavy traffic (shown by the red areas on the Google Maps route) there's also frequent construction zones, which are often lane reductions to boot. Too, this moment on Friday is right in the middle of "rush hour" (a phrase ...


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No. It's a domestic flight. There's no immigration control. Only passengers arriving from international destinations are sent to the immigration hall. When you check in for the flight, you'll need your passport, but only for the purpose of identification (actually, there are several other documents that can be used for identification, but most ESTA ...


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Heavy traffic in busy cities is normal. It would be similar if you were trying to get in and out of NYC or Boston or San Francisco at this hour. Is this news? The smarter way is a perfectly nice train that runs from O'Hare to downtown Chicago straight shot: $5. It'll let you off blocks from anywhere in the Loop, or you can get an Uber at that point. ...


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The fantastic Lakefront Trail would be a great choice, a paved path that extends for 18 miles along the shoreline of Lake Michigan. It runs from Ardmore on the North Side to 71st on the South Side. It's a very lively path (pedestrians have the right of way) and a great way to 'see' the city. Run, walk, bike or rollerblade with the blue waters of Lake ...


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If you try to cross the US-Canada border, you'll know what the States didn't want to have between them. The idea of no border controls is an important part of American identity. There is simply no immigration control at State borders. None. On the train, the border whisks by and you never know it's there. In air travel, you have TSA security to deter ...


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Most US airports have no concept of "transit" and no "airside" where you can make your connection. You land, clear US customs, and then can go wherever you like, whether that's just over to another terminal to catch your plane, or out into the city to explore. So if you have the paperwork to enable the connection, then you almost certainly have the paperwork ...


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For a domestic-international connection such as this, you'll simply have to get yourself to the next gate. No other procedures or security checks are involved. ORD is a large airport, but 1:32 should be plenty of time unless your inbound flight is delayed. For example, today's UA1087 arrived at gate C31, while today's UA895 left from gate C18, just down the ...


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Yes, it does have a breakfast available in the dining car, no reservations needed. Breakfast starts at 6:30am and is normally available until 10:00am. If the train is on time, it should be arriving in LA sometime around 9:30am on the second morning and the breakfast service will end shortly before then. You should still have plenty of time to head to ...


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Midway is very walkable, though there's a good bit of traffic so the surrounding areas aren't the nicest place to walk, but there are exits and sidewalks. You might exit directly from the terminal onto Cicero, but there are few options where you could both wait comfortably in case of rain or snow or where a car could safely stop out of traffic. A good ...


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While the official airport website is silent on the topic, O'Hare airport guides indicate that animals are not technically allowed inside buildings aside from service animals (whose presence is permitted by law). For example, iFly states Animals are not allowed inside the passenger terminals unless they are in a kennel. Exception: Working dogs on a leash. ...


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I have had this problem in other US cities (and, to be fair, other countries/cities before). I think many taxi companies are not that interested in taking advance bookings - either they figure there's a good chance you won't turn up, or they just don't manage their taxis that way. In either case, in US cities, when booking something like this a day or two ...


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It might be possible to do this by bus, but neither the Greyhound nor Burlington Trailways websites will show the itinerary as valid, since it requires literally a zero minute connection in Iowa City, and you have a very high risk of missing the connection. This unbookable itinerary starts with BTW schedule 1205 in Chicago, leaving at 11:00 am and arriving ...


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The problems you have heard about on the net have to do with people who came to the UK via the ROI and then in the future they want to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (spouses and workers can apply for ILR after 5 years). Because they entered through the Common Travel Area, they do not have a UK stamp in their passport and hence have no way to ...


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The red areas show traffic. There is currently construction which adds 12 minutes and there is a road closure. This graph shows traffic statistics for this route:


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When landing in Chicago, you won't have much choice when exiting the aircraft. Just follow the signs to Exit / Passport Control / Baggage claim, and you'll end up at immigration (Passport Control). There shouldn't be anywhere else you can go. Since you are on an immigrant visa, you'll most certainly have to see an officer in person (and not just use the ...


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Upon revisiting this question some hours later, I think the real problem is that you are selecting the "wrong" Houghton. Greyhound's search engine recognizes three possible Indian Trails stops: Houghton, MI, Houghton City Center, MI, and Houghton Little Caesars, MI. I didn't look at the trip details closely enough in my initial search, either. If you do ...


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Focusing on the question of, "Are these three doable in a single day?" Yes it is but very hard to see all they have to offer. Buy your city pass at CityPass Website. More details below if you are interested in some of my opinions. Chicago has some really large museums. Those three you mentioned (Shedd Aquarium, Field Museum, and Museum of Science and ...


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If you can lug your baggage to the Clinton stop of the Blue Line, that will be the easiest option for you. You arrive straight in the airport and can take the elevator right up to the Sky Train, which will take you to Terminal 5. The current Megabus stop is about a block and a half south of Union Station, which makes it even closer to the Clinton Blue Line ...


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I did it a month ago, but I had 9 hours between my flights. And I was lucky because I decided to return to the airport earlier than necessary: the CTA derailled and we had to take a bus to return to the O'Hare. You'll spend almost one hour to go downtown, and another hour to return, so you'll have some 3 free hours. I went to the the Chicago Beans (not the ...


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Getting a taxi when 1,000 other people are trying to do the same thing at the same location is practically impossible. I doubt you could get an Uber either, at least not without paying an insane surge price. Barring having a really good friend to pick you up and drive you, your best bet here really is public transit. The 19 and 20 buses will stop on ...


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Any question about staying overnight at an airport can usually be answered by consulting the comprehensive sleeping in airports website. It's probably best to read the reviews on that site to see the experiences of previous passengers there. Since you're arriving from an international flight, you will have to clear security, re-check your luggage if you have ...


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There's some good news and some bad news... The Good news is that your inbound flight is considered a "same day" flight, so you would be able to enter the United Club based on that flight. The Bad news is that the United Clubs in Chicago Terminal 1 are currently not accepting one-time passes due to one or more of the clubs being closed for construction. ...


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Can you leave the airport? Yes, absolutely, there's nothing stopping you from doing so. Should you? With 10 hours, it's feasible provided any luggage is either checked through or you can secure it somehow. Is 10 hours enough to see anything. Sure, you have time to see some things but not necessarily do anything like the museums. You can take the Blue ...


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The City of Chicago as a web page on Transportation Between O'Hare and Midway. At that hour, a taxi or car service will be your most expeditious option. At $75 cab fare ($25 per person excluding the 3-year-old), it will be the most expensive, but there are taxi stands at each terminal, the ride is only 40 minutes in light traffic, and you won't have to ...


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You're likely best off getting yourself to Iowa City or Coralville and taking the bus there, especially on the return trip. Buses from Cedar Rapids Burlington Trailways has three daily buses from Cedar Rapids to Chicago: one via Dubuque, one with a change in Iowa City and one via Iowa City. Unfortunately their returns depart Chicago around 6am and are very ...


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Google maps returns a bunch of hotels located close to Chicago ORD Airport. Picking one of them at random yields: Chicago Marriot, whose linked website mentions a complimentary shuttle service, as well as the Cumberland CTA station from which you can take the Blue line into Chicago. Sounds perfect for what you are looking for. Regarding luggage, it is safe ...


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While you have ample time between landing at O'Hare Airport in the morning to get to Milwaukee Intermodal Station for the evening Indian Trails departure, you might want to save yourself traveling the wrong direction into downtown Chicago to the main Greyhound station or train station. Coach USA buses go directly from O'Hare Airport to Milwaukee Intermodal ...


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When I read your previous question last year about traveling to CMX, I had absolutely no idea just how bad an airport in the US could be... Flights in and out of your local airport (CMX) apparently have the worst on-time record in the US. This seems a little odd when there are only two arrivals and two departures daily, they're all United Express/SkyWest, ...


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Two hours is sufficient. I've always done two hours for domestic and maybe two and half for international.


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A few other other Chicago Architecture Foundation tours include the Chicago Board of Trade building, including: Historic Skyscrapers. Daily, 10 AM & 3:30 PM. Art Deco Skyscrapers: The Loop. August 1, 1:30 PM. I would call the CAF to ask how much of time each of these tours spends inside the CBOT building, but it seems like these might be adequate ...


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