Visitor Info / Destinations
Photo: A CTA bus passing by Millennium Park (CTA photo)

Visitor Information

Welcome to Chicago!

There's plenty to enjoy and do in this great city. With world-class parks, museums, shopping, hotels, nightlife, food and much more. There's never a dull moment in Chicago!

At the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), we provide over 1.6 million rides on an average weekday, and we can get you just about anywhere in Chicago and 40 surrounding communities.

It's easy.

We keep it as simple as possible. For the easiest trip:

  1. Plan your trip.
    Use an online trip planner on the right side of this page, use a map, or call +1 (312) 836-7000.
  2. Get your fare.
    You can buy farecards at hundreds of locations around the region (including at both airports and retail and tourist locations), or order online in advance.
  3. Go!
    Board a bus or train and enjoy Chicago!


Note: Be sure to check alerts for events that might affect your trip, like buses being rerouted due to a parade, construction, etc. Our System Status page makes it easy.


How-To Guides

Learn more about how to take advantage of CTA services while in Chicago with our How-To Guides.

Airport Trips

Find information about getting to Chicago airports, including O'Hare and Midway here.

More Information

Plan a trip

Start (e.g. O'Hare Airport)

End (e.g. 1 N State St, Chicago, IL)

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About trip planners (and more options)..

System Status



Red Line Normal Service
Blue Line Normal Service
Brown Line Normal Service
Green Line Normal Service*
Orange Line Normal Service
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Pink Line Normal Service
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