eight blocks to every mile, Chicago is a walking
city. Madison Street divides the city north and
south, while State Street divides it east and west.
The State/Madison intersection marks the origin of
Chicago's address grid system. Addresses are
relative to the distance from that mark. So an
address of 3600 North Clark means that it is 36
blocks north of Madison.
Transit Authority (CTA)
Not all of
Chicago's eight ‘L' lines are "elevated." They do,
however, connect the city via above-ground,
street-level and subway trains and serve 144
stations all over town, making the ‘L' one of the
most efficient and affordable methods of
transportation available. Two lines offer
round-the-clock service: the Blue Line, which
connects the airport and downtown, and the Red Line,
with service between the North and South Sides, via
More than 100
routes lace the city; buses stop every few blocks.
Several lines operate 24 hours. Exact change is
Single Trip: $2.25. Pay cash or purchase a
reloadable Transit Card, available at ‘L' stations
Unlimited Ride Passes
Enjoy unlimited rides on all CTA buses and trains
with the below passes, which activate upon first use
and are good for the number of consecutive days
shown on the front of the pass.
1-Day CTA Fun Pass: $5.75
3-Day CTA Pass: $14
7-Day CTA Pass: $23
The high-speed Metra train connects outlying suburbs
to downtown and is an easy way to get into the heart
of the city fast.
For fares and maps, visit METRA's website at
Metra Train Stations
Downtown Chicago has the following Metra train
Amtrak is a national rail train service serving
Chicago and most of the continental United States. Trains departing
primarily from Union Station.
about using taxi cabs in Chicago:
Taxis are plentiful and easy-to-hail in
downtown, and offer a convenient way to get
around the city.
Taxis charge a base rate of $2.25 for the first
1/9 mile, plus, $.20 for each additional 1/9
a gas surcharge is in effect, a sign will be
displayed inside the taxicab and a surcharge may
apply. Tolls are an extra charge; taxis charge
$1 for the first additional passenger over age
12 and under age 65. Each additional passenger
after first passenger, over 12 and under 65 is
is standard to tip the driver about 15-20
percent of the fare, plus $1-2 per bag if the
driver helps you with luggage.
that all fares are subject to change.