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Chicago Transportation - Chicago Illinois is a city that represents the heart and soul of America. This beautiful city is a vibrant, cosmopolitan town, with diverse communities and a larger-than-life identity that is reflected in American music, movies and art. Chicago has always captured the heart of travelers around the world. It is sure to leave visitors leaving with a smile on their face.

The Chicago “T”, one of the oldest subway systems in the United States, is the most convenient. The T stops at almost every area of the city as well as Cambridge, and even has several routes to the suburbs.

O’Hare International Airport and Midway International Airport are Chicago’s two major airports. Taxis are available from both airports, however rush hour traffic can dramatically slow down the ride. Additionally, the El (elevated train) is available – the Blue Line connects O’Hare to the city, and the Orange Line connects Midway to Chicago. Most major rental car companies are available at both airports as well.

Ideally, walking Chicago will offer visitors the best experience in this city than any other form of transportation. However the city isn’t small, and some remote locations require the use of public transportation. Fortunately, Chicago has a fantastic public transportation network

In the summer, Chicago runs free trolleys from Michigan Avenue all the way to the Museum Campus. In the fall and spring they only run on weekends. Additional trolleys also run from the Navy Pier to the Grand/State El station (year round).

Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) runs a network of trains and buses that reach every part of the city served by Chicago Transportation systems. These subways and elevated trains are very reliable. Fares are very inexpensive, and children under 7 ride free. Seniors and older children receive discounts. This transit system uses rechargeable cards that work like credit cards, and automatically have the fare deducted from the balance. The subway, El and buses all accept the fare cards. Visitor passes are available, and offer unlimited use of the transit system. Also available are multi-day cards at 2, 3, and 5 days. For more information, visit CTA’s website at www.transitchicago.com.

The transit system has five lines by color. The red line runs north and south; the green line runs west and south, the blue line runs from Wicker Park to O’Hare, the brown line runs north, the orange line runs southwest to Midway airport, and the purple line runs on a loop serving the north suburban area.

The best way to access the parts of Chicago not quickly accessible via the subway or El is by bus. The buses stop at blue and white signs that identify bus stops. Each route is identified by a number and street along which it runs. PACE buses travel the suburban areas around Chicago and run every 20 to 30 minutes during rush hour. They can be flagged down at intersections where stops aren’t marked.

The Metra commuter train also serves the suburban area around Chicago, with some terminals downtown. These trains are the ideal way to visit any locations that lie in the outskirts of the city. Fares are based on distance that you ride, however family discounts are available in the summer allowing three children under 12 to ride free with a paying adult.

Taxis are also available throughout Chicago and are fairly reasonably priced. They are very easy to hail in the downtown areas. These taxis are all metered with additional surcharges.

Unlike other cities of this size, driving in Chicago isn’t too difficult, except during rush hour when there are traffic jams. The city is laid out in an easy to understand grid, with diagonal streets that offer shorter routes. Major car rental companies are available throughout the city and most have at least one office downtown.

Another unique way to enjoy Chicago is from the river. During the summer, Shoreline Sightseeing (www.shorelinesightseeing.com) offers water taxi service which travels between the Navy Pier and the Shedd Aquarium, as well as along the river between the Navy Pier and the Sears Tower. Rates are very reasonable and rides are about 15 to 20 minutes, and very enjoyable. All day passes are available.

Additionally, Wendella Commuter Boats offer the RiverBus (www.wendellaboats.com) which travels between Madison STreet and River EAst Plaza with stops at LaSalle St and Michigan Ave. AN excellent for of Chicago Transportation!

Chicago has also installed some bike lanes along some streets, however the routes aren’t throughout the city and it can be difficult to deal with traffic in some areas. Lakeside or park paths are usually the best areas for biking.

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Chicago Interesting Facts

  • Chicago is the third largest city in the United States
  • Chicago is home to over three million inhabitants
  • The fire of 1871 burned a significant part of Chicago.
  • Chicago quickly became known as ChicagoLand.
  • The Sears Tower, John Hancock Building, and the Amoco Building are three of the tallest buildings in the world.
  • Chicago holds more than 200 parades every year.
  • Chicago is home to the world’s largest public library holding over 2 million books.
  • Chicago is home to the world’s largest population of Poles outside of Warsaw.
  • Chicago holds the record for the world’s largest cookie and cracker factory.
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