Planes, Trains, and Automobiles; How are you getting to the AMTA Conference this year?

With St. Charles located in the western suburbs of Chicago, there are many options on ways to get to the upcoming AMTA Conference. Just in case you haven’t made your travel plans already, here are a few thoughts, suggestions and pointers for traveling to Pheasant Run Resort. We hope that you will find them helpful and look forward to seeing you soon!
Planes…
As you may know, Chicago is home to two major airports, O’Hare International and Midway International. O’Hare is closer to Pheasant Run, but both are accessible to Pheasant Run; especially if you take advantage of the airport shuttles from Midwest Transit System. Visit their website to make an advance reservation and take advantage of lower rates. Remember: The more taking Midwest Transit shuttles from the airports, the lower the rate for everyone! AMTA encourages conference attendees not to wait to the last minute on this.

Note: If you should decide to take a Taxi from the airport, be sure that you confirm you are getting in a cab that is not a “city” cab and one that is a “suburban” cab. Unfortunately, if you get in the city cab and ask to go to St. Charles, you will pay nearly double the price. Take note of the signage at both airports to ensure that you are getting a cab from the correct lane in the cab staging areas. There is a kiosk in the baggage claim area where you can call a suburban cab company to transport you to Pheasant Run. You can also reserve a cab before you leave, or you can call as soon as you deboard the plane. Cabs are NOT permitted to solicit rides from the airport. You must contact them at the kiosk or use the numbers below to see if they will have someone in the area who will be able to transport you. If you are hoping to pay with a credit card, we recommend that you ask when you place your order so you are not stuck in a cash only cab.

Trains…
Chicago’s Union Station at 225 S Canal St. is a central hub in Amtrak’s national train system. It easily allows for connections between eastern and western long-distance routes. Union Station also offers frequent daily departures between Chicago and key cities in the five-state area, including Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri and Wisconsin. With 12 different routes coming in and out of Union Station, there are many options for travel into Chicago with this method of transportation. Visit the Amtrak website to learn more about routes, schedules and reservations.

Once you arrive at Union Station, you will need to get to Ogilvie Station at 500 West Madison Street to access the Metra Rail System to the Western Suburbs. (This is literally across the street from Union Station.) Specifically, the Union Pacific West Line will lead you west from the city to Geneva, Illinois, which is neighbor to St. Charles, the home of Pheasant Run Resort. On average the train ride from Ogilvie Station to Geneva is 70 minutes. Note: The price of Metra tickets is less when you purchase them in the station and not on the train. Please consult the Metra website to explore the scheduling options.

Pheasant Run Resort provides Shuttle Service to and from the Geneva train station based on the availability of their bellmen; who are also shuttle drivers. You can call Pheasant Run 630-584-6300 to see if they are available when you arrive at the station. Please note that the wait time for this shuttle service might be 20 + minutes give the distance from the Geneva train station to Pheasant Run.

If Pheasant Run is unavailable to provide this shuttle service from the Geneva station, we recommend the following local Taxi Cab companies:
A#1 Cab; (847) 888-3990
Fox Cab: (630) 262-8822
Choice Cab: (630) 232-4302
American Taxi: (847) 253-4411

Automobiles…
Obviously, there are many major highways and interstates leading into the Chicagoland area. Be sure to put a little extra travel time into your schedule as the area is still in the midst of “road construction” season.

Depending on your path, you will likely have the chance to drive on some of the Illinois Tollways. They snake around the outskirts of the city in all directions. Most toll gates are unmanned, so be sure to bring lots of change if you don’t have an I-Pass. Every toll lane on the Illinois Tollway is equipped to accept I-PASS, which can also be used on the Chicago Skyway, the Indiana Toll Road, and in 14 states and more than 20 toll roads where E-ZPass is accepted. If you already have an E-ZPass or I-Zoom, you may take advantage of the I-Pass only lanes at the toll booths. Note that without an I-Pass or its equivalent, those paying cash pay double the tolls. To learn more about IPass, visit: http://www.illinoistollway.com/tolls-and-i-pass. You can also visit the Illinois Tollway website to calculate exactly the toll money you will need based on your individual path. Don’t be caught without the change you need to make it to the AMTA conference!

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