Chicago Civic - Services - Transport - Chicago, Illinois, USA

Chicago offers a variety of transit options
  • Active: Active Transportation Alliance; supports bicycling, walking, and public transit so that these forms of transport are safe, convenient, and fun
  • Divvy: bike sharing system; bikes at a network of docking stations throughout Chicago; thousands of bikes available; program of the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT),
  • Bike Station: McDonald's Cycle Center; in Millennium Park; membership gets you 24-hour a day secure bike parking, clean showers and lockers, bike sharing, 10% off bike repairs and items
  • Car Free: Possible in Chicago; with great walkability and extensive transit systems, you could easily live without a car in Chicago
  • Car Sharing: Avoid owning a car; be car-free as much as possible, but keep the idea that you can rent or borrow a car only when you need it--for a big project or trip to far-out areas, for example
  • CTA: Chicago Transit Authority; public transportation system; covers the City of Chicago and 40 surrounding suburbs; buses and trains; second largest transit system in the USA
  • Metra: Northeast Illinois Regional Commuter Railroad Corporation; trains covering Chicago and suburbs in Cook, DuPage, Lake, Will, McHenry and Kane counties; service north to Kenosha, Wisconsin
  • Pace: Suburban transit; Chicago's suburbs
  • RTA: Regional Transportation Authority; financial oversight and regional planning body for the three public transit operators in northeastern Illinois: the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), Metra commuter rail and Pace suburban bus
  • NICTD: Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District; serves passengers from Chicago's Millennium (Randolph/Michigan Street) Station and stops at Van Buren St, Roosevelt Rd, and McCormick Place, 57th St, and 63rd St to Kensington, Illinois and connections along northern Indiana as far as South Bend
  • CDOT: Chicago Department of Transportation; responsible for city street, alley and sidewalk reconstruction, bridge maintenance, public way inspections and permits, traffic services, and planter and median maintenance; look for details here about free summer trolleys in the downtown area
  • Complete Streets: Chicago Complete Streets; streets that meet the needs of pedestrians, transit users, bicyclists, and motorists
  • Port: Port of Chicago; Illinois International Port District
  • Amtrak: Amtrak passenger train service; from Chicago's Union Station at Canal and Adams; train service to destinations around the region and USA; see photo
  • Union St: Union Station; multi-modal transit station in downtown Chicago just west of the Chicago River and Sears Tower; includes rail Amtrak, Metra, as well as regional bus (Megabus, Van Galder) and local CTA bus
  • Car Sharing:; non-profit car sharing services
  • Greyhound: National, commercial bus transit company; offers connections from Chicago to the United States, Canada, and Mexico
  • GotoBus: Bus reservation system for tours; buses connecting many cities and tour buses in Chicago
  • Megabus: Bus system based in Chicago; Chicago Union Station to Minneapolis/St Paul, Milwaukee, St. Louis, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Toledo, Cleveland, and Detroit; ticket sales are online and by reservations only on Web site
  • Van Galder: Van Galder Bus; commercial bus transit company offering scheduled service between Chicago downtown and O'Hare and Midway airports; service to suburbs as well as to Madison, Wisconsin
  • Tollway: Illinois State Toll Highway Authority
  • Airports: Chicago Department of Aviation; information on Chicago's major airports, Chicago O'Hare International Airport and Midway Airport; links to other information sites
  • O'Hare: Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD); "busiest airport in the world" (2002)
  • Midway: Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW)
  • GYY: Gary/Chicago International Airport (Gary, Indiana)
  • MKE: General Mitchell International Airport (Milwaukee, Wisconsin); the largest airport in Wisconsin is less than 60 km north of Chicagoland's northern suburbs; there is Amtrak rail service direct from Chicago's downtown Union Station via a stop in Glenview, IL to a rail station at MKE airport; the MKE airport provides non-stop service on airlines to major cities
  • GCM Corridor: Gary-Chicago-Milwaukee Corridor; information about and near real-time graphics depicting traffic in the Chicago area and south to Chicago and Gary, Indiana. Provided as an effort of the Gary-Chicago-Milwaukee Priority Corridor Partners: Illinois Department of Transportation, Indiana Department of Transportation, and Wisconsin Department of Transportation
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