Travel Tips

Using Chicago’s Public Transportation

If you’re traveling to Chicago, you’ve most likely heard about our world-class public transportation. Many of you will probably use it during your visit to the Windy City as it is the easiest way to get where you want to go, anywhere in the city!

For those of you that might be new to public transportation, we wanted to share some pointers and important information to make your stay as enjoyable as possible!

The Facts

Chicago Transit Authority or CTA is the nation’s second largest transportation system – serving the city of Chicago as well as 35 suburbs. The CTA features 10,813 bus stops and 145 train stations – making it the easiest way for you to see all our city has to offer. Not only can you take public transit to both airports but the major rail lines and bus routes offer over-night service to get you where you need to go!

The Fares

Fare Charges
‘L’ Train: $2.25
Bus: $2.00
Transfer: $.25
‘L’ Train from O’Hare: $5.00
Single-Ride Ventra Ticket: $3.00
1-Day Ventra Ticket: $10

The Ventra Card

The most efficient way to pay for your CTA use is to purchase a Ventra Card. You can purchase these at any Train Station or many local convenience stores. For a list of retailers and locations, click here.

You can purchase a single-ride paper card, 1-day unlimited ticket, or load up a card with a specified value and reload as needed. When you purchase a new Ventra Card, the initial fee is $5, but once activated, the $5 will be returned to you via transit value.

Download the Ventra App to monitor your account, check your balance, and to track wait times. For more information on Ventra, click here.

Planning Your Trip

The easiest way to map out your trip on the CTA is to use Google Maps. Simply enter your location (or use current location) and destination into Google Maps and select the Transit option. It will provide you the best route, where to catch the bus or train, and where to transfer, if necessary.

You can also use the RTA Trip Planner here.

Maps and Trackers

There are numerous Apps available to help you track and map your routes throughout the city. CTA also overs schedules and maps for all of the bus and train lines on their website here.

A great feature to utilized is the bus or train tracker. You can find out exactly when you should be at the station or bus stop and when the next pick-up will be. Many of the bus stops and train stations also have the tracker displayed on the screen so you can see the wait times in real time.

For more detailed visitor information and how-to guides, check out the official CTA Website here.

CTA Near Hyatt McCormick

If you’re staying with us during your visit to Chicago, we are lucky to have the #3 CTA Bus stop directly in front of our hotel. The #3 will take you Downtown to Michigan Avenue, the Art Institute, State Street Shopping and more! You can also walk to the nearby Green Line ‘L’ station at Cermak-McCormick Place or head into Chinatown and take the Red Line ‘L’ station at Cermak-Chinatown or easy access to Downtown or for Airport Transfers.

Our Concierge Team would be happy to assist you with planning your trip!

Other Ways to See Chicago

If public transit isn’t something you wish to experience on your trip, there are other ways to get around the city! You can take a taxi, use Uber or Lyft, or try the site seeing buses that cruise around the city.

We hope you enjoy your visit to the Windy City!


Hyatt Regency McCormick Place • 2233 S Martin Luther King Jr Drive • Chicago, IL 60616 • 312 567 1234

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