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The best way to savor Chicago is by foot, but the city's extensive and efficient public transportation system – which carries around 1.5 million passengers a day on subways, buses, and elevated trains (known simply as "the El") – provides easy access between multiple points downtown, outlying neighborhoods, and the suburbs.

Chicago Neighborhoods

The Loop/West Loop

Chicago’s geographical core bustles with suits and shoppers by day and theater fanatics by night. Go further west to give your stomach a workout at some of the trendiest restaurants in town.

The Magnificent Mile/River North/Streeterville

Boatloads of tourists arrive by the thousands to shop at the same stores they have back at home, before checking out the gallery, club and restaurant scene that rages in River North.

The Gold Coast/Old Town

Face-lifted ladies parade their pooches past the most prestigious addresses on the North Side while frat boys and the trixies who love them look to score big at the bars on Division Street.

Lincoln Park

Old Chicagoans cling to their million dollar brownstones while young republicans and DePaul students invade the perfectly manicured streets of Armitage Avenue’s Victorian-lined shopping district.


Take yourself out to the ballgame in Cubs-centric Wrigleyville, sip oversized martinis with a drag queen in gay-oriented Boystown, or push a double-stroller in family-friendly Roscoe Village.

Wicker Park/Bucktown

These sibling neighborhoods personify urban cool. Perfect your hipster stance at one of the clubs or live music venues on scrappy Milwaukee Avenue or give your Visa a workout at the charming boutiques lining Damen.

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