Cheap Chicago Weekend Getaways
Planning for a bargain trip
Getting around: Save money -- and get a better feel for the city -- by riding public transportation. Most maps show train and El lines, and signs at bus stops explain the routes. For extra ease, buy passes online. For travel within the city, contact the Chicago Transit Authority. (888) 968-7282; transitchicago.com
For travel to the suburbs, use the Chicago Metra Railroad. (312) 322-6777; metrarail.com
Pictured: Millennium Park's Cloud Gate, known as "The Bean."