Are We There Yet? Commuting in Chicago

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Over the years, Chicago has become one of the most populated places in the country. There are many people who live in or around the city that have to commute. Whether they work just a block away or have to travel long distances by train, sometimes commuting in Chicago can be difficult. In fact, according to, the average resident spends 71 hours a year in traffic. There are many different ways to get to work; here are a few options you can try the next time you plan to commute to work or for any event.

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) is the nation’s second largest public transportation system, serving Chicago residents as well as those living in 40 neighboring communities. There are 144 rail stations around town, and two lines that operate 24 hours a day: the Blue Line and the Red Line. The Blue Line connects the airport and downtown Chicago while the Red Line has service between the north and south sides of downtown. If you prefer to ride a bus, the CTA offers more than 100 routes that travel all around the city. Buses stop every few blocks, which might make traveling a little slower, but you will always be able to easily get on and off. Buses only take cash; however, those who travel via transit can use a reloadable Ventra Transit Card or purchase an Unlimited Ride pass for added savings.

For residents who either live in the suburbs or commute outside of the city, the Metra Commuter Rail is a high-speed train that connects the suburbs to downtown. This transit will get you to the heart of the city in no time for just $2.75 for a single trip or $27.50 for a 10-day ride pass.

Of course, you cannot live in the city without taking a taxi. Taxis are plentiful and are always driving around to see who needs a ride. Plus, they’re a great way for out-of-town guests to get from or to the airport. Chicago Water Taxis are also a fun and fast connection between Chicago’s top tourist destinations. You can take this mode of transportation on a warm and sunny day to visit popular sites including Chinatown, the Museum Campus, Willis Tower, Michigan Avenue, Union Station and more.

However, the most eco-friendly way to get around the city is to walk or ride a bike For those who live close enough to their jobs, this is the perfect and easiest way to commute. Chicago residents can also take advantage this commuting option by becoming a member at Divvy Bikes, a bike share system.
How do you like to commute around the city? Let us know in a comment below!