Average flight time from London to Chicago: 8 hours 35 minutes
Airlines flying direct from London to Chicago: British Airways, United, American
Airports in Chicago: Chicago Midway, Chicago O’Hare
Distance from London to Chicago: 3,968 miles
Business Class flights to Chicago
United, American and British Airways all offer non-stop flights from London to Chicago, so you have plenty of Business Class options.
British Airways flies to Chicago twice per day with a Boeing 747 and 777. Club World features a fully flat bed, 10.4 inch entertainment screen and power sockets so you’ll be able to stay connected during the flight. The airline has recently introduced custom bedding and amenity kits created by The White Company, as well as an improved dining service with display trolleys for the starters and desserts. Guests receive a complimentary treatment in the Elemis Travel Spa at the airport, as well as enjoying access to the Galleries lounge prior to boarding.
American Airlines offers three flights per day to Chicago utilising a Boeing 787 and a 777. The 787 Dreamliner is the more technologically advanced passenger aircraft of the two with its extra large windows and lower cabin noise, so we’d recommend flying this one if you have the choice. When flying Business Class on AA you’ll
United uses a Boeing 767 on the route, featuring United Polaris flat bed seats with custom bedding created by Saks Fifth Avenue. You’ll be supplied with a custom duvet, day blanket, mattress cushion and large pillows, as well as an amenity kit with Soho House & Co. Cowshed products. As soon as you board the aircraft you’ll be handed a pre-flight glass of champagne and a chocolate truffle, and if you’re on a morning flight you’ll also have the choice of a Bloody Mary or Mimosa to start your day off right. All flights feature chef-designed menus, and on afternoon and evening flights you can create your own wine tasting menu, with a customized wine flight. The seat itself features an enormous 16-inch entertainment screen, packed with popular shows and Hollywood movie releases.
Getting to and from the airport
Chicago O’Hare International Airport is located 27 kilometres north of the city’s central business district. On arrival, you can catch a train from the airport’s CTA station, which will take you downtown Chicago in around 40 minutes. Alternatively, you can rent a hire car at the airport or hail a taxi from the taxi ranks outside baggage claim at each terminal. Fares are charged by the meter and will cost around $30-$40 to downtown Chicago or you can agree a flat rate of $24 per person if sharing with other people.
Where to stay in Chicago
The Peninsula Chicago offers 5-star luxury combined with traditional Asian service and has been awarded numerous accolades including prestigious Forbes Five Star and AAA Five Diamond awards. This elegant hotel has an abundance of facilities, including a wellness spa and two restaurants – one Chinese and one European. Even if you’re not staying here, it’s worth visiting for their glamorous Sunday brunch.
Another fantastic downtown hotel is Thompson Chicago, which is located on the edge of the famous Michigan Ave and The Magnificent Mile, just a short distance away from Lake Michigan. Rooms have floor-to-ceiling vistas of the Chicago skyline or the lake and are designed to make your stay as comfortable as possible, with 400 thread count Sferra linens, state-of-the-art rain showers and oversized Frette terrycloth robes.
Things to do in Chicago
Nicknamed “The Windy City”, Chicago is one of the most visited destinations in the US and if you can find your way to a rooftop bar, the views of the city’s skyscrapers are magical. In summertime visitors flock to the city’s music festivals, outdoor cinemas and lakefront beaches, while in winter the city feels magical with its outdoor ice rinks and festive markets. Chicago is a delight for foodies too – whether you want to try Chicago-style hot dogs and deep dish pizza, or you’re looking for more gastronomic dining options, you’ll never be short of food options. Here are our recommendations for Chicago:
The Bean – One of Chicago’s most iconic landmarks, the bean in Millennium Park is a giant jelly-bean shaped structure with a mirrored surface, which makes it perfect for capturing photos! This sculpture is made up of 168 stainless steel plates welded together, and there are no visible seams, meaning it offers incredible reflections of the city skyline.
Eat Giordano’s Pizza – You can’t leave Chicago without trying Giordano’s deep dish pizza. Filled with gooey cheese and topped with tomato, this pizza is more like a pie!
360 Observation Deck – 360 CHICAGO observation deck is open from 9:00 AM to 11:00 PM 365 days a year. Located on the 94th floor of the John Hancock Center, this observatory offers breathtaking views of Chicago’s skyline and beyond.
Lincoln Park Zoo – Entry to this zoo is FREE, so there’s no reason why you shouldn’t go! Founded in 1868, it’s one of the oldest zoos in the United States and houses around 230 wildlife species.
British Citizens can travel to the US for tourism or business purposes under the Visa Waiver Program – you’ll just need to apply for an ESTA online before you go. ESTAs last 2 years and are valid for multiple entries. Chicago’s summers are beautiful but its winters can be notoriously cold! Summer (June-August) is usually the most popular time for tourists to visit but that does mean that hotel prices are more expensive. The ideal time to visit would be April-May or September-October – the sweet spot either side of those months.