Chicago Transportation

Chicago Public Transportation

Getting Around In Chicago

Thanks to an intuitive grid system, Chicago is a fairly easy city to navigate. The public transportation here is among the best in the world, with a comprehensive bus system, electric “L” trains and commuter trains all readily available.

The Chicago Transit Authority operates the city buses and “L” trains, which run through almost every Chicago neighborhood, many of them 24 hours a day.

The “L” trains also reach every corner of the city, with 8 major train lines branching from the Loop in downtown Chicago. Many “L” trains also run 24/7.

The Metra is the city’s commuter train, which provides service to and from downtown Chicago into the surrounding suburbs. Downtown has four terminals that each serve a route in a particular direction:

Northwestern Sta./Ogilvie Tran. Ctr., Canal & Madison Streets

  • Union Pacific North Line (Kenosha, WI)
  • Union Pacific Northwest Line (Harvard)
  • Union Pacific West Line (Geneva)

Union Station, Canal St. & Jackson Blvd.

  • Burlington Northern Line (Aurora)
  • Heritage Corridor Line (Joliet)
  • South West Service Line (Orland Park)
  • Milwaukee District North Line (Fox Lake)
  • Milwaukee District West Line (Elgin/Big Timber)
  • North Central Line (Antioch)
  • Amtrak (nationwide destinations)

Randolph St. Station, Randolph St. & Michigan Ave.

  • Metra Electric Line (University Park)
  • Blue Island Branch and South Chicago Branch
  • Chicago South Shore and South Bend (South Bend, IN)

LaSalle Street Station, Congress Pkwy. & LaSalle St.

  • Rock Island District Line (Joliet)

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