GETTING THEREUnited, American and Air Canada fly non-stops between O'Hare and Toronto's Pearson International Airport; a recent check found round-trip fares in the $250-$275 range (all subject to change). Porter Airlines, which began service out of Chicago earlier this year, flies smaller (70 seats) but roomy turboprops between Midway and Toronto's downtown City Centre Airport at fares starting around $190. And driving is an option: It's 511 miles from Chicago to Toronto, all on interstates or the Canadian equivalent.
GETTING AROUNDUnless you're planning an excursion to Niagara Falls or Stratford, no need to rent a car: Toronto has one of North America's best and easiest-to-decipher public transit systems. Taxis are plentiful and Chicago-priced.
DINING THERENo shortage of fine dining for the expense-account crowd. On my "best" list is Chiado (Portuguese, mainly seafood; 416-538-1910; chiadorestaurant.com), revisited and still special. But that's a splurge, and this is a city of humble but hungry people. Tried two Chinese places this trip in the Dundas-Spadina Chinatown -- Bright Pearl for first-rate dim sum (416-979-3988; brightpearlseafood.com) and House of Gourmet for noodles with seafood (416-217-0167; no Web site), which was terrific. Italian, Greek, Indian, French, Polish, Ukrainian, Montreal smoked meat, the finest Alberta steaks and PEI mussels -- and of course, peameal bacon -- all here.
INFORMATIONTourism Toronto, 800-499-2514; seetorontonow.com.
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