Chicago has one of the largest public transportation systems in
the country and getting around the city is fast and easy with an
extensive network of train and bus routes. The train system is
known as the "L"; most visitors only use the "L", but buses also
cover every part of the city including the suburbs, albeit less
regularly. Most trains run 24 hours a day, with Overnight or Night
Owl services taking over between midnight and 5am on some
The Metra commuter trains link the city to the outer suburbs,
including Lake Michigan, Hyde Park, and McCormick Place. During the
summer months, a free trolley system operates in the downtown area,
connecting Chicago's top cultural attractions, shopping areas, and
visitor destinations. Taxis are easy to find, and the metered rates
are reasonable for short journeys. Although traffic is not as bad
as in other major cities (outside rush hour), parking is expensive
and difficult to find.
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