Des Plaines is in Chicagoland.
The combination of superior air transportation, good railroads, and a network of expressways continues to foster full development of Des Plaines. O'Hare International Airport provides excellent domestic or international travel opportunities for pleasure, trade and business. Bus, subway, rail commuter, taxis and freight services are all accessible to and from Des Plaines. As it has throughout its history, Des Plaines continues to be a central hub for transportation.
O'Hare International Airport
World's busiest airport 23 domestic airlines 23 international airlines 732,000 takeoffs & landings annually Chicago Executive Airport
4th busiest in Illinois Services corporate jets Private aircraft storage available 167,000 takeoffs and landings per year
Metra Train Service
Provides Des Plaines some of the best commuter train service to downtown Chicago in the Chicagoland area. For more information on Metra train service and fare options, is available at www.metrarail.com. The Des Plaines Metra Station website is located here. The Union Pacific Northwest Line is the Primary route that goes through Des Plaines. Bus Service
Pace Northwest Division Bus Service 
Subsidized Taxi Program
The Subsidized Taxi Program is designed to provide low-cost transportation to corporate Des Plaines residents who are 65 years of age or older and disabled residents.
Your card is your identification and is to be shown to the taxi driver when you use the cab.
The program is as follows: To be eligible for the reduced fare you must travel within corporate city limits of Des Plaines only, with the exception of Advocate/Lutheran General Hospital campus. The City will pay half of the metered fare as long as the cab meter does not exceed $5.00. If it does exceed $5.00, the City’s contribution is limited to $2.50.
Des Plaines Taxi Dispatch Inc - 847-877-9991
Des Plaines Taxi Dispatch offers 24 hours Taxi cab dispatch service and airport transportation, serving Des plaines, Niles, Park ridge, O'hare, Mt Prospect, Glenview & Northwest Chicago. 
- McDonald's #1 Store Museum, 400 N. Lee Street (17 miles northwest of downtown), (847) 297-5022  - Open Memorial Day-Labor Day. This museum is a recreation of the first McDonald's restaurant. The original restaurant was demolished in 1984. You'll know you have seen it when you get to an old fashioned-looking McDonald's restaurant with a sign saying that they sell hamburgers for 15 cents. Free admission.
- Scenic Lake Opeka, along Touhy Ave near O'Hare Airport.
- Miner Street Tavern (address: 1492 Miner Street) (directions: downtown Des Plaines next to the Sugar Bowl and across from the Metra Stop) 847-759-1424
price: Under 10
open: S-We Varies but usually 2 am. Th- Sat open until 4 am
Neighborhood bar full of locals. Occasional theme parties that are too hilarious too miss. Cheap drinks and daily specials. Small, narrow, and dark. Dart board and juke box make for a good time.
- Comfort Inn O'hare (address: 2175 E Touhy Ave) 847-635-1300 firstname.lastname@example.org
On-site restaurant, free breakfast, free 24-hour O’Hare airport shuttle, fitness room, and free Wi-Fi.