1. The train arrives at Chicago.
  2. The train arrives in Chicago.

Chicago is a big city, so we use 'in' before a big city. However, what about the sentences above? Do we have to use 'at' or 'in'? If we think of a particular point, we use 'at'. As the train arrives at a particular point, do we have to use 'at' here? Later the train will leave Chicago. Or are both prepositions possible?

  • Both are possible, but I would reserve at for use when Chicago is part of an itinerary instead of the sole destination. Still, you could use in for that purpose as well.
    – Robusto
    May 6 '19 at 1:34
  • This is a duplicate of a question you asked an hour before about airplanes. There are also multiple previous questions about this topic. This one for example May 6 '19 at 10:04
  • The train would be in Chicago for quite some time before it arrives at the Chicago terminal.
    – Davo
    Jul 6 '20 at 16:31

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