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Travel In And Around Chicago
There are a number of ways available to get to Chicago itself. You can arrive by air, bus, car, or rail. Once you're in the city, you also have some options on how to get around. Chicago has one of the best public transit systems in the country. You can drive, take a cab, catch a train, hop on the bus, or ride a trolley. Public transportation is cheap, clean, and efficient.
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The availability of public transportation in Chicago makes traveling easy no matter if you live here or are just visiting. The city was designed with the streets forming a grid system. This makes navigation of Chicago by car or foot very simple. The streets are numbered east/west and north/south. The higher the number the farther the street is away from the center of the city. Since Chicago is bordered by Lake Michigan on the east, there really isn't an east side to the city. However once you start getting further out of the city proper, the streets tend to get away from the grid system and fall into a more suburban layout.
The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) is in charge of most of the trains and buses in the city. Many of the routes and schedules are increased during peak transit hours, and on the weekends. In addition, PACE buses are available in some parts of the city and into the suburbs. The Metra commuter rail has service from the city to the suburbs. There are also more than enough cabs driving the streets 24 hours a day. If you are a visitor to the city, your hotel will likely have all the transportation information you need.