We are located 4.2 miles northwest of downtown Chicago (referred to as The Loop), and right off the I-90/94 expressway (The Kennedy Expressway).
We are at 2200 north and 2200 west.
Available at O’Hare Airport (~$35), Midway Airport (~$35), Union Station (Amtrak) (~$15), and throughout the city. We have a recommended taxi service for pick up at the B&B, American United 773.248.7600.
We have route maps available. You can find directions to anywhere in Chicago at www.rtachicago.com in the Trip Planner section.
Trains & Buses are both operated by the CTA (Chicago Transit Authority) and work together. City trains are referred to as the ‘L’ (for elevated), and each line is color-coded. We are located near the Western stop of the Blue Line that runs between downtown (referred to as The Loop) and O’Hare International Airport. Please be aware that there are two Western stops on the Blue Line. We are the Western stop of the Blue Line leg that runs between downtown and O’Hare. The Blue Line train runs 24 hours and bus times vary. Buses run on almost every major north-south streets (Damen Ave. and Western Ave. being the two closest to us), and major east-west streets (Armitage Ave. and Fullerton Ave.). For complete bus routes, consult a CTA Map, available at the B&B’s front desk or any ‘L’ Station.
Ventra is the name of the payment system for CTA fares. People can use the following methods to pay fares:
Cash: Can only be used on buses, or to purchase a Ventra fare card at the Ventra vending machines at train stations for trains.
Ventra Card: This is a prepaid transit debit card. You can buy or load money at the Ventra vending machines at rail stations (and many retail locations). They can also be ordered online or by phone. They cost $5, but this money is refunded upon registration. Go to https://www.ventrachicago.com to purchase in advance.
Ventra Tickets: Train stations have vending machines with single-ride ($3 for full fare w/2 transfers within 2 hours). There are also unlimited 1-Day passes ($10), 3-day passes ($20), and 7-day passes ($28). Unlimited Day Passes are way over-priced and usually you are better off just buying a Ventra Card. Ray’s B&B will also be happy to buy any remaining value on your Ventra Card before you leave town.Personal, contactless credit or debit cards: Any contactless credit/debit card can be used to directly pay fares at rail station turnstiles and on buses. Your card is contactless if it has the contactless wave symbol.
Warning: To avoid accidentally offering a different card for payment, and being charged twice, simply take your Ventra Card out of your wallet and wave over receptor when you board.
The Metra Train is the system of commuter trains that go to the suburbs of Chicago. The Metra and the CTA are two completely separate systems. For more information about the Metra trains, visit: http://metrarail.com/metra/en/home.html
Ray’s Bucktown B&B
2144 N. Leavitt
Chicago, IL 60647