Personal safety often becomes a greater concern when on public transit, riding a bike or walking through a neighborhood due to the basic fact that you’re exposed more directly to all the good and bad things in public spaces. There isn’t a car to hide in or a quick getaway. Fortunately, studies have demonstrated that at least for highly walkable neighborhoods that you might already be inclined to take a stroll in, crime is less prevalent than in non-walkable areas.

Whether you’re on a train or getting a ride from Uber, it’s always important to be aware of your surroundings, which is especially true when visiting an unfamiliar city, a different neighborhood or new transit station. See the list below of Chicago neighborhoods with the most crime over the last 12 months with their corresponding CTA and Metra stations to provide guidance on where to use more caution. Data source is the Chicago Police Department CLEARMAP using the all crimes filter (current as of September 2015).

1. AUSTIN

AustinAustin Town Hall from Central CTA Station comes out on top as the most dangerous neighborhood in Chicago. West of downtown Chicago and Garfield Park, Austin has six CTA stations and two Metra stations:

  • Austin (Blue and Green)
  • Cicero (Blue and Green)
  • Central (Green)
  • Laramie (Green)
  • Hanson Park (MD-W Metra)
  • Grand/Cicero (MD-W Metra)

2. SOUTH SHORE

Next to, but not including, the Museum of Science and Industry, the South Shore neighborhood does not have any CTA stations, only the following Metra Electric District line stations:

  • Bryn Mawr
  • South Shore
  • Windsor Park
  • Cheltenham (79th St.)

3. NEAR NORTH SIDE

Sedgwick CTA train platformThe Near North Side area of Chicago encompasses many hotels, several popular tourist destinations (Navy Pier, Magnificent Mile) and the neighborhoods of River North, Gold Coast, Old Town and Goose Island. CTA stations in this area:

  • Merchandise Mart (Brown)
  • Grand (Red)
  • Chicago (Red and Brown)
  • Clark/Division (Red)
  • Sedgwick (Brown and Purple)
  • North Clybourne (Red)

4. HUMBOLDT PARK

Slightly northwest of downtown Chicago, Humboldt Park is not very transit-accessible with only the Kedzie Metra Station on the UP-W line in the neighborhood. Several CTA stations are nearby, though not in the community, including:

  • Cicero (Green)
  • Pulaski (Green)
  • Kedzie (Green)

5. NORTH LAWNDALE

Kedzie Pink CTA station before clean upThe North Lawndale neighborhood is west of downtown Chicago and includes Douglas Park and Mt. Sinai Hospital. Stations in the area are:

  • Kedzie (Pink)
  • Central Park (Pink)
  • Pulaski (Pink)
  • Kostner (Pink)
  • Western Avenue (BNSF Metra just outside the neighborhood)

More Information

CTA Map
CTA Stations in High Crime Areas