The Chicago Transit System is the second largest public transportation system in the United States, only second to the MTA in New York City. Chicago is known for its transit, which has been part of the City's history dating back to 1859. With a population of nearly three million people, Chicago's diverse neighborhoods and 35 nearby suburbs is well serviced by rail and bus transit.
The Chicago Transit System is elevated for the most part.
Chicago Area Transit - Below is a list of options available to you while you are in Chicago
Metra is Chicago's commuter train system that runs from downtown Chicago through a six-county area of northeast Illinois, with stops at 241 stations. The METRA train runs north and south from two downtown Chicago stations - Randolph Street and Van Buren Street to the McCormick Place Station. A 7-minute commute.
With about 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 Addison means that it is 36 blocks north of Madison.
Ventra is your ticket to ride CTA buses, trains, Pace buses and Metra trains. Allowing you to add passes and transit value to your Ventra Card at a variety of places