chicago burbs to OHARE via CTA?
my travel-buddy and i are flying out of O'Hare airport in a couple days, hopefully with our tandem in a box. I've talked to the airlines, and think i have that part all figured out, so now it's just getting to the airport. The bike will be packed in (big) box for the trip. My plan is to take the Metra commuter train (not during rush hour), then a CTA bus for a short distance, then the CTA blue line train to OHare. Does anyone have any experience taking any of these with a packed bike? I called both Metra and CTA and both said "sure", but the Metra website says they don't even allow skis (decidedly smaller than a boxed tandem)...
I don't have a car that will fit a driver, 2 passengers, and boxed bike, and i'm not confident that a taxi/limo service would be able to accommodate us either (also, i'm trying to do this as cheaply as possible)
any advice appreciated!