All Metra lines travel to downtown Chicago. There are six stations that are in or next to The Loop. Learn more about each station below. Ogilvie Transportation Center The Ogilvie Transportation Center or OTC is just west of The Loop near the Chicago River. Metra trains on the Union Pacific North, Northwest and West stop … Continue reading What Metra line goes to Chicago?
Three CTA lines travel to the Lincoln Park neighborhood and park: red, brown and purple. All lines can be reached in the downtown Chicago Loop and brown and purple lines also operate on the northside of the city, red on the south. Tips for your commute: Use Google Maps Enter your start and end address … Continue reading Which CTA line goes to Lincoln Park?
Technically, no CTA train travels directly to Chicago's Union Station. At 225 Canal Street, Union Station is just outside the Loop next to the Chicago River. Just across the river, however, are multiple CTA stations on all rail lines if you're willing to walk about 10 minutes. Choose from the following rail stations for access … Continue reading Which CTA train goes to Union Station?
Going to Navy Pier via Metra train? Geographically speaking, the closest Metra station is Millennium Station on the Electric District line (view Metra rail map). However, just because it is the closest station doesn't mean the commute is simple. Millennium Station to Navy Pier Once you arrive in downtown Chicago, there are several options to reach the … Continue reading Closest Metra Stations to Navy Pier
Fortunately, you don't have to deal with Chicago traffic. A massive network of commuter and city rail lines provides many train commute options. Here are 10 of the easiest places to reach via CTA "L" trains if you're looking for trip ideas. 1. Chicago AirportsChicago has not one, but two airports that are directly connected … Continue reading 10 Chicago Destinations That are Easy to Get on CTA
Chicago beaches offer lots of sun and sand along with water sports, playgrounds and restaurants along Lake Michigan. Explore the beaches closest to CTA train stations below for car-free commute options. All stations are on the red line (view CTA map). 1. Foster Beach Closest Station: Berwyn Walking Time: 10 minutes (view map) Foster Beach (pictured … Continue reading 7 Chicago Beaches Closest to CTA
Only two CTA rail lines run 24 hours a day: red and blue. Service on the other rail lines ends by 1:30 a.m. or sooner depending on the line. Here's what else you should know: Blue Line The 24-hour blue line travels to and from O'Hare International Airport. If you are arriving or departing Chicago … Continue reading Does CTA run 24 hours?
The answer is yes, you can drink on Metra, but there are certain days and times when alcohol and glass bottles are prohibited. See below to view the alcohol policy on trains. No Alcohol and No Glass Bottles St. Patrick's Day Parade South Side Irish Parade (Rock Island District line only) Air and Water Show Saturday and Sunday of … Continue reading Can you drink alcohol on Metra trains?
There's no shortage of hotels in Chicago. If you're trying to decide where to stay, and want easy access to the city's trains, view this list of top-rated hotels that are a 5-minute walk away or less from "L" stations. Hotel ratings sourced from TripAdvisor traveler reviews. 10. Kinzie Hotel Station: Grand Red In between the Grand Red … Continue reading Top 10 Chicago Hotels Near Train Stations
If you're planning a trip to Chicago, there's no shortage of attractions and things to do. Fortunately most of the city's major sights are near rail stations so you don't have to drive or rent a car. Here are 10 of the best "L" train stations to visit as a tourist to get the most out of … Continue reading 10 Best ‘L’ Stations for Tourists
Looking for a Chicago Marriott hotel? There are several to choose from, many of which are also near CTA stations if you're planning on riding trains to visit area attractions or get to and from the airport. See the list below of hotels that are most transit-accessible for an easy walk to and from stations. Loop/Downtown … Continue reading Chicago Marriott Hotels Near CTA
Chicago is full of museums. Whether you are a tourist or live locally, the rich culture and history in the city lends itself to many sightseeing options. If you're exploring the sights on CTA rail, see the list below for the most transit-friendly museums in Chicago for an easy train commute. For specific directions from your starting location, … Continue reading Top 10 Chicago Museums Closest to CTA
Chicago is unfortunately known for crime. However, it's typically isolated to certain parts of the city, so it's good to know which areas to avoid or where to use more caution. Using crime information gathered from Chicago Police Department ClearMap over the past 12 months (data pulled Feb. 2017), here are the CTA stations in areas that had … Continue reading CTA Stations in High Crime Areas
There are many hotels in downtown Chicago's Loop, most of which are in walking distance of a train station. If you're researching where to stay, view this list of hotels that are the closest to the "L" to narrow down your options. Walking time is two minutes or less to all hotels -- great if you … Continue reading Downtown Chicago Hotels Closest to CTA
Wrigleyville is hopping and hoping as the World Series returns to Wrigley Field in 2016. With the Addision Red CTA Station next to the historic ballpark, a train commute is convenient and an easy way to avoid traffic. See these three tips to make your trip easier. 1. Load up on Fare Make sure that … Continue reading 3 Tips for Taking CTA to Wrigley Field