Getting Around Chicago

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One of the number one questions people ask when moving to Chicago is, "Do I need a car?" To be honest, you don't. Most of my friends & clients don't have one, and quite frankly, I wouldn't own one either if my job didn't almost require it.

I think we all know I take the L any chance I get, but what are the top ways to get around the city?

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PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION (CTA)

Chicago has one of the best public transportation systems in the country, and it’s also my absolute favorite way to get around the city. In my opinion, it’s one of the most reliable methods of getting around.

• “L” (subway system)
• Buses (As of 2017, the CTA has 1,864 buses that operate 129 routes)
• Metra (train lines to and from the suburbs)

Click here for more info.

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WATER TAXI

Chicago offers two water taxi services, Chicago Water Taxi & Shoreline Sightseeing. With up to seven different stops, you can cruise around the river and bypass traffic all the way from Chinatown to Navy Pier. Our only complaint is that it’s seasonal, but we get it—Chicago winters are tough.

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CAR

While many people don’t own cars in the city, there are still quite a few that opt to drive or use a rideshare service.

  • Uber

  • Lyft

  • Taxis (Yes, you do raise your hand to hail a cab & make sure their light is on!)

  • Zipcar

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BICYCLE // BIKESHARE

Also, a lot of people bike! We’re getting more and more lanes dedicated to bicyclists. If you don’t have your own, you can always hop on a Divvy bike starting at $3. Check out Divvy for more info.

What’s your favorite way to get around the city? comment below!