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Regardless of where you are moving from to Chicago, Illinois, you are bound to be taken aback the first time you encounter the city’s traffic. For this reason, we at USA Auto Transport have decided to compile a quick guide to getting around Chicago, for all of you who are planning to move here and start calling Windy City your new home.
How Do I Get Around Chicago?
Chicago is a large city – it is home to over two million people, while more than nine million reside in its metro area. With that many residents, the city simply can’t function without a good public transportation network. There are several public transportation providers in Chicago:
– CTA, or Chicago Transit Authority, is the second largest public transportation system in the U.S. It works 24/7.
– Pace is a transit service which connects suburban areas to each other.
– Greyhound Lines is a service that connects Chicago to other major cities, such as Indianapolis, Nashville, and Washington.
– Metra is a rail service has eleven rail lines and is regular only during rush hours.
The city also offers water transit, as well as other options, such as bike rentals. Some private transit companies, such as Uber and Lyft, are also pretty regularly used by the locals. To learn more about the public transit system in Chicago, click here.
Why Do I Need A Car In Chicago?
Having established the fact that Chicago has an amazing public transit system, it is important to say that it gets some getting used to. Especially if you are moving here from a smaller town, you might find it quite difficult to figure things out at first. For this reason, it might be a good idea to take your car with you. Getting around in your own vehicle might be incomparably easier.
First of all, the streets in Chicago are laid out in a grid, which means that it is virtually impossible to get lost. Chicago is also very well connected by interstate highways – a total seven of them. It is also home to two U.S. Routes.
To see a comprehensive map of Chicago’s roads and get directions for your daily commutes, click here.
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