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Chicago Transit Authority - CTA

1431 W Lake St, Chicago, IL 60607-1409
+1 312-836-7000
Review Highlights
Very easy to use, Clean, Efficient

My wife and I always use public transportation when vacationing in big cities. We drove to Chicago... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Kansas City, Missouri
Efficient, but rates are not posted

This was our first time to use the CTA; most of the employees were nice and helpful. The subway... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Plainfield, Indiana
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  • Excellent52%
  • Very good35%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“blue line” (26 reviews)
“day pass” (27 reviews)
“o'hare airport” (11 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
1431 W Lake St, Chicago, IL 60607-1409
West Loop
+1 312-836-7000
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Reviewed 6 days ago

My wife and I always use public transportation when vacationing in big cities. We drove to Chicago, but once there, we parked our car and did not use it again until we left the city. We saw about 3 - 4 attractions per day over...More

Thank DanielKeith0485
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was our first time to use the CTA; most of the employees were nice and helpful. The subway was so fast and easy. The buses were more challenging. Their rates are not posted anywhere and they expect you to have exact change. I recommend...More

Thank 01NiteTrain
Reviewed 1 week ago

Stayed in downtown Chicago for six days. Before traveling got a one week Ventra pass good for unlimited rides for $28.00. Many lines run 24 hours. As with any large city public transit, know where you are going and beware of your surroundings.

Thank JerimiahVista_CA
Reviewed 1 week ago

Whenever I visit a city, I always like to ride the public transport, as it gives you a different view of the city. Took the CTA on multiple occasions, but the most convenient was that it links both of Chicago's airports

Thank KaranPais
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

As a visitor to any big city the local transportation systems can be a challenge but that's not the case with Chicago! I have always found Chicago's trains and buses a breeze to use and most places visitors will want to see can be easily...More

Thank ARodriguezP
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

only $5 to get from airport to lake/clark, then 10m walk to hotel easy to navigate would recc getting front facing seat with window to enjoy experinence more

Thank memywifeandkids
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great way to get around the city. Fly into O'Hare, get a pass and ride unlimited. Very easy to get around on multiple lines. Make sure you read the route map to see the station names. The app is also very helpful.

Thank WendyM1023
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Do not catch a taxi at $70 when you can take a $3 Blue Line to O’Hare. See how happy we are! #SupportPublicTransport

1  Thank CraigDoherty
Reviewed 15 October 2017 via mobile

Set up the Ventra travel card as soon as you get here. Linked to your credit card it is key to hassle free travel on bus and train.

Thank GermanDave
Reviewed 11 October 2017 via mobile

I use the CTA everyday to get to and from work and I can tell you it is a ton more reliable than Metra. The CTA is one of the easiest systems of public transportation I have used. The routes also cover just about every...More

Thank CharlieV2011
West Loop
Fulton Market, Randolph Market, Jackson Boulevard and
Greek Town make up the West Loop. The neighborhood is
best known as the location of Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo
Studios, but this downtown neighborhood is also an
up-and-coming spot for Chicago’s trendsetters. Several
sub-neighborhoods within West Loop make this a unique
neighborhood to visit. Dotted with factories and
warehouses, West Loop is packed with various types of
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10 May 2017|
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Response from Michele D | Reviewed this property |
1/2 price fares. CTA staff suggested just putting money on a card would be best and we could all use that card. If you buy the unlimited you each have to have your own card and there's no discount for your reduced fair... More
Catherine M
20 October 2016|
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Response from OC-RaiderFan | Reviewed this property |
Sorry not a local. Don't know what's safe or not in Chicago other than downtown. When in question, Uber or Lift, used it all over the world safely.