|Chicago OHare ORD||Chicago IL (63 miles)|
|Madison Dane County MSN||Madison WI (65 miles)|
|Chicago Midway MDW||Chicago IL (75 miles)|
|Milwaukee General Mitchell MKE||Milwaukee WI (80 miles)|
|Quad City MLI||Moline IL (88 miles)|
|Gary Chicago GYY||Gary IN (96 miles)|
|Peoria General Downing PIA||Peoria IL (110 miles)|
|Bloomington Central Illinois Regional BMI||Bloomington IL (119 miles)|
|Eastern Iowa CID||Cedar Rapids IA (134 miles)|
|Appleton Airport International ATW||Appleton WI (145 miles)|
GREATER METRO AREA AIRPORTS
1. O'Hare International Airport ORD --15 miles from Chicago city center--is huge and is the second-busiest airport in the world. Every major national and most international airlines are serving the airport. It is also an airport in a continuous state of expansion, renovation and construction. On a good day planes arrive/depart on an impressively precise schedule - on a bad day things can quickly turn from bad to worse. O'Hare, due to its location, is more prone to icy or foggy weather conditions, causing major delays in flight schedules. However, its mass-transit service directly into the city sets it apart from Midway, not to mention its extensive selection of domestic and international air carriers offering direct and connecting flights to all points of the globe.
2. Midway International Airport MDW is closer to the Chicago Loop, has mostly shorter lines, and cheaper parking. As it is much smaller than O'Hare, there is less of a choice in flights, and the lack of direct mass transit into the city makes getting to the Airport more of a hassle. While your drive to the Airport does not take you through an upscale neighborhood, it is quite safe. What's more, Midway seems to get planes going in winter when O'Hare shuts down.
3. Gary/Chicago International Airport GYY is located about 25 miles from the Chicago loop and operates as 'third airport' for the Chicago area. While its present operations include only limited scheduled commercial passenger service, it is currently undergoing a federally-funded expansion, and it is courting airlines aggressively. Boeing and White Lodging Services already base their corporate fleets here.
4. Chicago Rockford International Airport RFD, located 84 miles northwest of Chicago, can be reached from I-90 West, US 20 West exit and from there it's another 8.5 miles. It offers free parking and free Wi-Fi access, and Allegiant and Direct Air offer flights to Las Vegas, Orlando, Phoenix, Tampa, St/Pete, as well as Ft. Myers/Punta Gorda and Myrtle Beach, while Apple Vacation offers direct flights to Cancun.
5. South Bend Regional Airport SBN --74 miles from Midway International-- is located a few miles south of the City of South Bend, in the very northern part of the State of Indiana, with easy access to Interstate 80/90 and to State Hwy 20/31. Thanks to a multi-modal transportation complex in the Michiana Region, South Bend Regional Airport is the only small airport in the United States featuring air, interstate rail, and interstate bus services at one multi-modal terminal location. A number of major airlines serve the airport with direct flights to major hubs, affording passengers easy connections to all points in the US and overseas. Currently the passenger terminal offers the following amenities: Fee-based Wi-Fi internet access throughout the Airport; Air Host/Cafe SBN; Sugar & Spice--a candy store; the Gift Shop; and the Business Center (west of door F & free to all business travelers) offering WiFi access, laptop charging stations, work desks and comfortable chairs. Overnight parking is allowed in the short-term, long-term and economy lots. To get to the City and beyond, you have many choices: rent a car, use taxi, door-to-door shuttle, hotel shuttle, bus or train service. The South Shore railroad station is located right in the Airport. Due to increasing passenger numbers, construction to expand the passenger terminal have started and should be completed by 2011.
6. The Central Illinois Regional Airport BMI at Bloomington-Normal (short CIRA) is located two miles east of Veteran's Parkway on Route 9 in Bloomington. Served by some major airlines with flights to some big US Cities, it is--due to its central location--easy to get there, offers free parking with shuttle service and a new passenger terminal offering free wireless internet access throughout, rental car agencies, several retail shop, a full-service restaurant, a business center, conference rooms, and a VIP lounge. The small Airport has received on-line rave reviews from a number of passengers for its rapid check-in procedure, friendly staff and quick connections to major hubs.
7. Smaller Airports in the Chicago Region: DuPage Airport DPA; Chicago Executive Airport (Palwaukee) PWK; Waukegan Regional Airport UGN, Lewis University Airport LOT and Aurora Municipal Airport AUZ.