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Thanks to its position in the east of the US, there are direct flights to Chicago available from certain UK airports, including Birmingham, Edinburgh, London Heathrow and Manchester. Non-stop services take in the region of eight and a half hours on the outbound leg, while return journeys will take a little less time.
It often works out cheaper to take a connecting flight, with a stopover usually helping to cut the cost and opening up a wider selection of airports. Some flights entail a short trip to mainland Europe before heading across the Atlantic, while others stop in Ireland, a city such as New York on the eastern shores of North America, or further inland, such as those that stop in Detroit.
However you make your way with Netflights.com, tourism in Chicago is a multi-billion dollar industry, with many ways for visitors to spend both their time and money. Check out the upmarket shopping opportunities along Magnificent Mile and State Street, admire the city’s impressive art galleries, museums and architecture, and be sure to delve into the local cuisine that counts deep-dish pizzas, Chicago-style hot dogs and Italian beef sandwiches among its creations.
There are a number of notable sports teams to cheer on, the Willis Tower to scale, and if you’re lucky enough to be in town for St Patrick’s Day, you’ll be treated to the dying of the Chicago River, to an appropriate green.
When is the cheapest time to fly to Chicago?
The cheapest time to fly to Chicago is from January to March. However, this coincides with its chilliest temperatures – ideal if you want to experience why Chicago is named the ‘Windy City’! Summer in Chicago runs from June to August, and travel at these times can be pricier. September to November and then March to May are the shoulder seasons. There are fewer festivals and events, but the weather is more temperate.
When is the best time to book your flight to Chicago?
The best time to book flights to Chicago is around seven weeks prior to departure. This can save you over ten percent on your airfare! Look to book your flight for a weekday: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday are traditionally the best days for budget travel. Though Chicago is a popular destination year-round, there are often last-minute offers to be had, especially during the winter months.
Chicago O’Hare International Airport
Located 17 miles to the northwest of the Chicago Loop, the city’s main business district, Chicago O’Hare International Airport claimed the title of busiest airports in the US in 2015, and is the sixth busiest airport globally, with more runways than any other international airport. It’s also reputed to be one of the best, winning ‘Best Airport in America’ for a decade straight. British Airways, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Virgin Atlantic, Finnair, Iberia, American Airlines and Aer Lingus all operate between the UK and Chicago.
Getting around the airport
Get around Chicago airport and between its terminals via the O’Hare’s Transport System (ATS). The automated rail system runs every seven minutes for 24 hours a day and spans 2.5 miles, taking passengers between the three domestic terminals and the international terminal, as well as the remote parking areas. All international passengers go through Terminal 5, which serves over 40 airlines.
Which airports in the UK operate flights to Chicago?
The airports in the UK which operate direct UK–Chicago flights are London Heathrow, London Gatwick and Manchester International. Indirect flights can be found from Glasgow, Edinburgh, Birmingham and Belfast. Flight departure options can vary from season to season.
What airlines fly to Chicago?
The airlines that fly direct from the UK to Chicago are British Airlines (London Heathrow); Norwegian Airlines (London Gatwick); Finnair (London Heathrow); Iberia (London Heathrow); American Airlines (Manchester, seasonal) and Virgin Atlantic (London Heathrow). Indirect flights are provided by Aer Lingus (Glasgow, Edinburgh, Birmingham); Virgin Atlantic (Manchester, Edinburgh); Finnair ( Manchester, Edinburgh, Glasgow) and Iberia, (Manchester, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Belfast).
How long is the flight to Chicago from the UK?
The flight to Chicago from the UK takes between 7.5 and 8 hours if going direct. Journeys that require a stop overtake longer, depending on the duration of the stop. It’s just under 4,000 miles from London to the Windy City.
How many flights per day fly from the UK to Chicago?
There are a large number of flights leaving the UK for Chicago daily. It depends on the season and day of the week, but there are around six daily flights from British Airways alone!
Getting to the city from Chicago O’Hare International Airport
The ‘blue line’ of Chicago Transit Authority’s urban train system is the favourite mode of transport between Chicago O’Hare and Chicago city. The train line runs 24-hours a day with extra services during rush hour and can be reached from all terminals via the ATS. The ‘Metra’ commuter train also connects the airport with downtown. To get to the Metra line, take the ATS to the O’Hare Transfer Station; this runs every 7 minutes from 5 am to 11 am*. There are also taxis available at the airport forecourt, and a range of car rental companies to choose from.
*Times are subject to change.
Getting around the airports
Reflecting the city’s creative character, the airport pioneers a Public Art Programme, which sees changing exhibitions. There’s a ‘relax area’ where you can practise yoga or tai chi, a spa, a hairdresser and a large range of American and international restaurants, bars and cafes. WiFi is provided free for the first 30 minutes, with a premium service also available. Charging stations help keep you connected while you’re on the move.
Don’t forget before you fly
Don’t forget your passport, wallet and phone! To enter the US British travellers are required to apply for entry via the Electronic System for Travel Authorization. This is different from a visa, which is not required but essential for entry into Chicago and would need to be applied at least 72 hours prior to departure. British nationals can stay in the US visa-free up to six months.