Chicago Transit Authority (CTA)
Two lines operate 24/7: the Blue Line, which connects Chicago O'Hare International Airport and downtown, and the Red Line, with service between the North and South Sides via downtown.
The CTA Red Line between Howard X and 95th/Dan Ryan X and the Blue Line between O'Hare X and Forest Park X operate 24 hours per day, seven days per week.
Red Line 'L' The Red Line provides 24-hour train service between Howard on the North Side and 95th/Dan Ryan on the South Side via subway through downtown Chicago.
RED LINE Chicago 'L' Schedule
|Mon||24 hours||6 min|
|Tue||24 hours||6 min|
|Wed||24 hours||6 min|
|Thu||24 hours||6 min|
CTA Owl Service
A 24-hour route is a bus route that operates for 24 hours. During late night hours, it may operate a slightly modified route.
Typical rush hours in Chicago
The worst times for traffic are typically between 6 and 8 am and 4 and 6 pm, with afternoon traffic on Thursday and Friday being excessive. Factors like construction, bad weather, population, and traffic accidents also contribute to road congestion.
The Orange Line train service operates from approximately 4:00 to 4:30 am to approximately 1:00 am every day with more frequent service during weekday morning and evening rush hours. Alternate overnight ("owl") service is available via the N62 Archer bus.
CHICAGO (CBS) — You might grumble about your morning ride on the "L," but Chicago's public transit is listed among the best in the world, according to a recent survey.
Downtown Chicago, the Loop and Millennium Park areas, is very safe for tourists. It is a well-populated, well-lit, and heavily policed area of Chicago. Visitors should feel quite safe in this neighborhood, especially during the day and evening.
Most parts of Chicago are relatively safe at night. However, it is not recommended that you go to any of the more dangerous neighborhoods in Chicago at night, especially if you are alone. If you must go to these places, do so in the daytime and with other people.
The subway operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Riding the subway is one of the easiest and most convenient ways to get around the city. For most riders, the subway fare is $2.75. Reduced fares are available for people 65 and older, people with disabilities, and low-income New Yorkers.
CHICAGO (CBS) — You might grumble about your morning ride on the "L," but Chicago's public transit is listed among the best in the world, according to a recent survey. Time Out magazine just published a list of the 19 best cities for mass transit, and Chicago came in No.
Operating Times and Frequency
The operating times for buses and trolley buses depend on the line but it's approximately between 5 am and 1 am. The frequency depends on the line and the time, but the lines that travel through the city center all run every ten minutes or less.
Time Out said it surveyed more than 20,000 people who live in more than 50 cities around the world, asking if it's easy to get around on public transportation. Chicago is one of only two American cities that made the list, along with New York, which came in at No. 15.
Traffic and Construction Zones in Downtown Chicago
The big city of Chicago is notorious for traffic jams. Drivers should avoid the central business district downtown (The Loop) and major city highways, such as the Dan Ryan Expressway, during rush hour (6 a.m. to 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.).
Additionally, traffic worsens around summertime in the city due to increased construction, tourism, and sporting events. On the other hand, the best times to drive on Chicago roads are 5 AM and 2:30 PM–before the morning and evening rush.
Hours of Operation: 4am-1am, weekdays; 5am-1am Sat. & Sun. The Pink Line is the newest route on the CTA rapid transit system, created in 2006 by overlaying a new service onto existing infrastructure.
The Brown Line operates between Kimball and the Loop weekdays and Saturdays from 4 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. and on Sundays from 5 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. The Brown Line Shuttle service runs only between Kimball and Belmont between 1:30 a.m. and 2:25 a.m. At Belmont, southbound riders can transfer to the 24-hour Red Line.
Using public transport is the best and easiest way to get around the city. Chicago has the third-largest public transportation system in the U.S., and because all the train lines meet downtown to form a loop (hence the name “downtown loop”), it's easy to navigate and access different parts of the city.
How to Ride Chicago Transit Authority's "L" Train and Bus Lines. Many travelers use the "L" and buses in tandem to get exactly where they want to go; here's how to navigate both. Fares: The regular fare for the "L" train is $2.50, and for the bus lines it's $2.25 (you may purchase your ticket directly onboard).
Parents! Children under the age of 17 must be at home or accompanied by a parent or Guardian 18 years or older after 10:00 pm on weekdays and no later than 11:00 pm on Friday and Saturday Nights. Children who are Curfew, Violators often become victims of crime. Don't let this happen to your child!
Hours of Operation
The closing hour under a standard Consumption or Tavern liquor license is 2 am, Monday through Saturday, and 3 am on Sunday. With a Late Hour Liquor License, those establishments are permitted to remain open until 4 am Monday through Saturday and 5 am on Sunday.
Parents! Children under the age of 17 must be at home or accompanied by a parent or Guardian 18 years or older after 10:00 pm on weekdays and no later than 11:00 pm on Friday and Saturday Nights. Children who are Curfew, Violators often become victims of crime.
It is definitely safe to use the subway system, be aware though that around 9-10pm it may be difficult to grab a taxi from the Grand station (since the Grand blue line isn't a tourist spot) so if you would prefer it grab one closer to the John Hancock.
The Los Angeles Metro Rail runs approximately from 4:30 am to 1:30 am, although the schedule varies depending on the line and day of the week. The frequency of trains is approximately between 5 and 10 minutes depending on the time.