THE ‘L’ NAVIGATE LIKE A LOCAL Downtown, a.k.a. the Loop, serves as the hub of Chicago’s public transit network that extends to surrounding neighborhoods and suburbs, and both airports. This network includes the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) and Metra commuter rail. TAKE THE ‘L’ Eight ‘L’ lines — the Blue Line (24 hours), Brown Line, Green Line, Orange Line, Pink Line, Purple Line, Red Line (24 hours) and Yellow Line — serve 145 train stations. transitchicago.com RIDE THE BUS 130 routes lace the city; buses stop every few blocks and have mounted maps within the cab. Several lines operate 24 hours. transitchicago.com TAKE METRA The high-speed Metra train connects outlying suburbs to downtown, and is an easy way to travel into the heart of the city. Single trip fares start at $3.75 and up. metrarail.com RIDE AMTRAK Amtrak provides intercity passenger rail services to over 500 destinations in 46 states on a more than 21,300-mile route system. amtrak.com HAIL A CAB Taxis are plentiful and easy to hail. Check individual companies for rates. Chicago is also Uber and Lyft friendly. CHICABS offers options for taxicab passengers to electronically hail (E-Hail) and pay for a taxi cab through mobile apps ARRO (goarro.com) and CURB (gocurb.com). GRAB A BIKE Chicago’s Divvy bike-sharing program is an inexpensive and easy way to get around. Thousands of bikes are available at hundreds of stations across the city. Rates start at $9.95 for a 24-hour rental period. divvybikes.com All fares are subject to change. CTA Fares start at $2 for buses and $2.25 for trains with a reloadable Ventra card. Single-Ride Ventra Ticket: $3 (includes two transfers within two hours) or $5 (from O’Hare). 1-Day Ventra Ticket: $10 (unlimited rides for 24 hours).
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