Getting Around Chicago
Chicago is home to one of the world’s best public transportation networks. Between the Chicago Transit Authority, the Metra Commuter Rail, bike lanes and plentiful taxis, getting around Chicago without a car is easy.
The nation’s second largest public transportation system, the CTA operates Chicago’s eight ‘L’ train lines and 129 bus routes.
Not all of the system’s train lines are elevated (which is where the term ‘L’ comes from). They do, however, connect the city via above-ground, street-level, and subway trains, and serve 145 rail stations all over town. Two lines operate 24/7: the Blue Line, which connects Chicago O’Hare International Airport and downtown, and the Red Line, with service between the North and South Sides via downtown.
Convenient CTA bus routes travel throughout the city, with stops every few blocks. Several lines offer Night Owl service, running until 2 a.m. or later. Get more information about extended hours of service.
Chicago is a city made for cycling. There are over 200 miles of protected bike lanes, buffered bike lanes, conventional bike lanes, dashed/advisory lanes, marked shared lanes, and neighborhood bike routes throughout the city.
Divvy, Chicago’s bike-share program, offers over 580 stations and 5,800 bikes across the city, available for rent 24/7. Users simply pick up a bike from a self-service docking station and return it to a station near their destination. Find Divvy locations and rates. Get the Divvy app: Android and iOS.
O’Hare International Airport
There are a few different public transportation options that make O'Hare International Airport easily accessible. The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) is the most economical option. Passengers may also utilize the Metra and Pace Bus routes. For a complete list of options please visit the O’Hare International Airport Public Transportation page.
Midway International Airport
There are a few different public transportation options that make Midway International Airport easily accessible. The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) is the most economical option. Passengers may also utilize the Pace Bus routes. For a complete list of options please visit the Midway International Airport Public Transportation page.