Get blown away by the Windy City, when you fly from Ottawa to Chicago.
Whether you’re contemplating the classics in the Art Institute of Chicago or learning about living things in the Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago’s world-class museums will educate and amuse.
More amusement awaits at Navy Pier, with shops and rides on the shores of Lake Michigan. For upscale retail, the Magnificent Mile is lined with high-end boutiques, making for a luxe window-shopping experience.
Like Ottawa, Chicago has its own Millennium Park. Chicago’s version features the famous Cloud Gate, known lovingly by locals as “The Bean”. There are plenty of other parks to enjoy in Chicago, including the city’s largest green space, Lincoln Park.
At Wrigley Field, you can watch the Cubs step up to bat. Visit the versatile United Centre, where the Bulls play basketball and the Blackhawks take to the ice, although not at the same time. Football fans can see the Bears kickoff at Soldier Field. With two MLB teams, NHL, NFL, and NBA teams, it’s always game time in Chicago.
Before you go back to Ottawa, take a bite out of Chicago’s famous cuisine. Deep dish is synonymous with the city and plenty of places claim to have the best deep dish pizza in Chicago. Pizano’s Pizza is a perennial favourite, but there’s no harm in tasting a few (or a lot) more.
Pay a visit to Wicker Park’s cool businesses and creative professionals, during your trip from Ottawa to Chicago.
While the neighbourhood has undergone a recent demographic shift, Wicker Park’s history is full of reinvention. From the Rolling Mill steelworks to some of the city’s wealthiest beer barons, Wicker Park has had a variety of residents.
Today, its lofts and warehouses are home to entrepreneurs, artists, professionals, and families. Independently-owned stores, galleries, and restaurants give Wicker Park its distinctly creative flavour.
You can pay a visit to some of the local artists at the Flatiron Arts Building. Wander through the three-floor maze of artworks. With open-studio events and performances on most nights, you’ll have a chance to see art in action.
When you get hungry in Wicker Park, you’ll have your pick of some of the most sought after places to eat in Chicago. Trendy, award-winning restaurants are Wicker Park’s daily special. Cap off the night with a nightcap at one of Wicker Park’s bars, or a brew from one of its local breweries.
If you’re ever at a loss for things to do in Wicker Park, head to the northern division. Milwaukee and Damen Avenue are hotspots for shopping. Independent boutiques and vintage stores make for a one-of-a-kind retail experience.
When you come from Ottawa to Chicago, be sure to visit the green neighbourhood of Lincoln Park.
“Urbs in horto”, or “City in a garden”, is Chicago’s motto, but you don’t need to be familiar with Latin to become familiar with the city’s extensive green spaces. The largest and most beloved of these urban gardens is Lincoln Park.
Spanning seven miles of shoreline, Lincoln Park is large enough to contain nature preserves, dozens of monuments, and the Lincoln Park Conservatory. Some of Lincoln Park’s best attractions are the free Lincoln Park Zoo and the Chicago History Museum. The park’s natural and educational appeal make it a destination, families.
Outside of the park proper, the surrounding neighbourhood of Lincoln Park is just as interesting. Historic houses, churches, and landmarks like the Elks Memorial give this area its charming feel.
When you’re walking through Lincoln Park, Armitage Avenue is your stop for all kinds of shops. From high-end retailers to boutique stores, there’s something to suit every taste.
Spend some time taking in the street views from one of the cafés along Clark Street. If you get hungry, you can make a meal of Clark Street at one of its many multicultural restaurants. There’s no shortage of dessert along the stretch, so you’re sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Before you go back to Ottawa, use Lincoln Park’s proximity to the lakeshore to explore more of Chicago’s waterfront. The Lakefront trail can take you along Lake Michigan, the best water feature in this garden city.
Fly from Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport (YOW) to Chicago-Midway International Airport (MDW), with a quick connection in Toronto. Ottawa to Chicago flight time is 2 hours and 50 minutes on average. Connection times vary. The distance from Ottawa to Chicago is around 1270 km / 790 mi.
Enjoy complimentary drinks and snacks along the way.
Porter’s check-in desk is on the third floor, in the departures area.
Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport (YOW) is about 10 km / 6 mi from downtown Ottawa.
Please allow sufficient time to drop off your car rental before your departing flight.
Take the OC Transpo 97 Airport / Bayshore and Bells bus to the airport stop. The fare is $3.65 CAD.
Taxis to Macdonald-Cartier International Airport (YOW) from downtown cost about $35 CAD. Car service costs about $90 CAD.
Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW) is about 9 km / 6 mi from downtown Chicago.
Take the Chicago Transit Authority orange line from the Midway stop. The fare is $2.25 USD.
The Go Airport Express shuttle bus provides service from the airport to downtown. The fare is $27 USD.
Car rental services are available at Chicago Midway Airport (MDW). Take the shuttle to the rental car area from the pick-up location at door 3 of the lower level, near the baggage claim area.
Taxis to downtown cost about $20 USD per person. Car service is available.