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Chicago Wheelchair Access Review and Travel Guide

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In 2012 I spent three nights in Downtown Chicago. Every local I spoke to would proudly say, “there’s no place like Chicago in the summertime” and I was going to find out why. Upon arrival my body experienced a change of weather shock. The air was hot and humid. I certainly would need to keep myself well hydrated. The cold winter months keep Chicago dormant so once the warm sun hits, a new energy of Chicago comes alive. This is greatly felt with the music scene. Throughout the year you can always find great live music in small and...

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Get a Wheelchair Accessible Taxis in Chicago, Illinois

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You can find a number of different accessible taxi companies in Downtown Chicago. Some of these companies will drive you out to the suburbs but will charge a fare and a half while others will not. At the airport it was easy to catch an accessible taxi in the designated pickup area. An attendant is always waiting to help assist you in catching on or will call a company for you. Just be sure to speak up and tell him or her what you need. One taxi driver reported that 20% of taxis in Downtown Chicago are wheelchair accessible....

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Hotel 71 in Downtown Chicago

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Hotel 71 is located in a prime location in Downtown Chicago overlooking the Chicago River. Upon arrival I was warmly greeted by a bellman who assisted me with my luggage. A wheelchair accessible ramp was just to left of the stairs in plain sight and one of the front doors could be opened with a push a button. All hotel rooms are opened by card access. Room #1806 had a king bed and was at the very end of the hall, which was nice to be away from elevator traffic but was a little tiresome after a while, especially...

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Access to Trains and Buses in Chicago, Illinois

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Like most major cities in the states, Chicago, IL has a good public transportation system accessible to wheelchair users called the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) and the Metra. The CTA includes both bus and train service. Not every station is accessible with the CTA Train but many are, view the list of accessible bus and train stations. Also available on the CTA’s website are videos that give you an overview as well as how to get on and off the bus and train. The CTA has a station at the O’Hare International Airport. The Metra has a few of stops in the Downtown...

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