How to Get Around Chicago as a New Resident

February 1, 2022 | By Andrew Lemna
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If you’re moving to Chicago, one thing you’re likely wondering about is transportation. Here is how to get around Chicago for people who aren’t familiar with the city.

How to Get Around Chicago


Chicago has a robust public transportation system known as the CTA.

These train and bus lines run all over the city and converge downtown around the Loop. The CTA is affordable, convenient, and a great way to navigate the city! Snag a Ventra card when you’re in town and enjoy the benefits of exploring Chicago on the CTA.

If you find yourself wanting to check out the suburbs, the Metra is also a great option to take you outside of the city.


If you move here with a car, you’re in luck! Chicago is a very drivable city with parking options available.

Although there is no shortage of traffic, it is still manageable to have a car in the city.

Check out our guide to understanding the cost of owning a car in Chicago too.


Whether you have your own bicycle or rent using the Divvy system, biking is another practical option for getting around Chicago.

There are Divvy stations all over the city, and the rental rate is very affordable if you don’t want the headache of owning and maintaining your own bike.

Chicago also has great programs and safety policies in place for cyclists in the city streets.

If you’re looking for a more leisurely ride, check out the Lakefront and Northbranch Trail.

Walking – The Pedway

Chicago is a very walkable city.

Downtown, walking is a simple, convenient option for getting around.

Additionally, there are amazing parks and trails to explore on foot. In the winter, check out the Pedway, which consists of tunnels and bridges that cover over 40 blocks downtown.

Rideshare Apps

Popular rideshare apps like Uber and Lyft are other useful options to get around Chicago, and they are available all over the city. When you’re downtown, you can also hail a cab for the real city experience.

As a new resident to Chicago, there are many transportation options available to help you get around. Take your time exploring all options and finding what makes the most sense for your commute. In no time you’ll be an expert in navigating the city!

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