Based on my fair (but not great) knowledge of the area and the hints Fascination has dropped in PMs regarding the location of her home, I'm guessing her home is pretty convenient to a commuter railroad that also happens to serve the South Bend airport and downtown Chicago. But that's her home. The commuter rail I have in mind does not go very close to the competition venue and I'm not sure how easy it would be to catch a cab from the commuter rail station to the venue.
Of airports, O'Hare is diagonally on across Chicago from the competition venue. It's a pretty good trek. Midway is considerably closer to the venue than is O'Hare. But transit from Midway to the venue might be a challenge. Without looking, I think F. is right about Midway being closer to the venue than is S. Bend. And Midway is certainly served by more flights than is S. Bend. But the commuter rail's direct service to/from the S. Bend airport might make it a touch more convenient.
For someone flying from Toronto, I would think it would be possible to connect in Cleveland and fly direct from there to S. Bend, and catch the commuter rail to Fascination's neighborhood.
By overland rail (AMTRAK on this side of the lake), I think the only destination options would be South Bend and Chicago. Curiously, the commuter rail I mentioned serves neither AMTRAK station directly. One could take a cab from either AMTRAK station to the commuter station. On a trip from Toronto, it seems S. Bend would be the better choice. However, I think it would be a long train ride... probably on the order of 24 hours.
I'm sure that tomorrow, when F. is feeling more chipper, she'll help anyone who's interested with more complete (and correct) travel info.
there are united limo buses that go to my hometown from midway ohare and so bend and I can also pick you up from any of these loactions medira...as well as get you to the comp...the south shore which you can transfer to from downtown chicago or south bend(train) stops within walking distance from my home
For clarification, the South Shore is the commuter rail to which I refer above. And it looks like I was pretty close in my estimate of the location of Fascination's home! (Don't worry dear, I won't try to track you down!).
well darling it isnt hard to figure out where I live once you know the town...but there are cops and video cameras...and three siberian huskies....so I am not terribly concerned for my well-being....and if I were worried I wouldnt be setting you up with tickets...silly