Avoid the CTA O’Hare surcharge
How to beat the Blue Line fare increase from the airport.
CTA fare increases kick in Monday 14, including a surcharge that makes it more than twice as expensive for some to board the Blue Line from O’Hare. A one-way trip from the airport will cost $5, up from $2.25, for riders without passes paying single fares. (The transit agency exempts O’Hare workers.) For penny-pinching tourists who’d rather put the $2.75 toward souvenirs and back-from-vacation Chicagoans who want to stick it to the CTA, good news: A free hack, however impractical, exists. Herein, a guide to the 4.7-mile, hour-long trek from O’Hare to the Rosemont Blue Line, where the fare remains $2.25.