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Chicago has an excellent public transportation system, including the ‘L' or elevated train tracks that run throughout the city. Go sightseeing in Chicago for just the cost of a train ticket to start your custom neighborhood tour.

Exploring the city by ‘L' train is easy. You can buy fare cards and passes from vending machines at some train stations, online at the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) website or from certain currency exchanges, grocery stores and drugstores throughout the city and suburbs. For full fare information, schedule details, transit card retailers and maps, visit transitchicago.com.

 

Create your own hop-on, hop-off Chicago tour with these sample ‘L' train itineraries:

Sightseeing by L Train: Chicago Red Line

Neighborhood: Andersonville

Get off at the Berwyn stop to enjoy a pint and comfort food at gastropub Hopleaf Bar or take in the eccentric charm of Andersonville's Hamburger Mary's. Be sure to stop into the Andersonville Galleria for three levels of independently owned booths selling antiques, jewelry and more.

 

Neighborhoods: Boystown | Wrigleyville | Lakeview

Exit at Belmont or Addison for Boystown, the epicenter of Chicago's LGBTQ community, and Wrigleyville, one of America's last great neighborhood ballparks. Get a famous Chicago-style dog at Clark Street Dog and take a Wrigley Field Tour. Visit Lakeview's Belmont Theater District where more than 20 theaters and 100-plus bars, restaurants and cafes guarantee a good time.

 

Neighborhood: Chinatown

The Cermak-Chinatown stop will deliver you to one of the largest Chinatown neighborhoods in the country. Stroll Chinatown Square for towering public sculptures, a two-level outdoor retail center and delicious authentic Chinese cuisine (MingHin is a winner).

Sightseeing by L Train: Chicago Green Line

Neighborhood: Bronzeville

Stop at Bronzeville-IIT for a dose of African American culture. The Bronzeville Visitor Information Center offers heritage tours and gallery exhibits.

 

Neighborhood: South Loop

Discover Chicago's South Loop and exit at the Roosevelt stop. The Museum Campus awaits with The Field MuseumAdler Planetarium and the Shedd Aquarium. Snap selfies and get beachside in Grant Park and Northerly Island.

 

Neighborhood: West Loop

Hit the Morgan stop in the West Loop and browse Randolph Street's restaurants and retail. Treat yourself to culinary masterpieces at Little GoatAu Cheval or Nellcôte. Or grab a bite in Greektown after visiting the National Hellenic Museum.

Sightseeing by L Train: Chicago Blue Line

Neighborhood: Logan Square

The Logan Square stop (and neighboring California stop) will take you to the dynamic neighborhood of the same name. Enjoy local brews at Revolution Brewing and catch some live blues at family-operated Rosa's Lounge.

 

Neighborhood: Wicker Park/Bucktown

Next up, visit the Damen and Division stops for vintage boutiques and nightlife along North, Division, Milwaukee and Damen Avenues. Get cozy at The Violet Hour for an award-winning seasonally rotating libations list. Stop into the Flat Iron Arts Building, and peruse the neighborhood's countless art galleries.

 

Neighborhood: West Town

Exit the Division or Chicago stops to discover exciting music at the Empty Bottle, delve into Ukrainian culture and explore independent theater companies and colorful museums. Don't miss the Woman Made Gallery.

Sightseeing by L Train: Chicago Pink Line

Neighborhood: Pilsen

Get off at the 18th Street stop and delve into the vibrant Pilsen neighborhood. Take in Mexican-American culture, detailed murals, galleries and authentic Mexican eateries. The must-hits: the National Museum of Mexican Art, and Thalia Hall for food, drink and intimate performances.

 

Neighborhood: Loop

Use the Adams/Wabash stop to access the Art Institute of Chicago and explore America's greatest collection of Impressionist paintings, including world-famous works by Monet, Renoir, Seurat, and Van Gogh.

Sightseeing by L Train: Chicago Brown Line

Neighborhood: Lincoln Square

Use the Brown Line's Damen or Western stops to access Lincoln Square and Ravenswood, a historically German area with international flair, cobblestone streets and hip restaurants. Book an Eat & Explore Tour and nibble your way through ethnic markets and gourmet shops. Make sure to visit the Lil Street Art Center, the largest visual arts center in Chicago.

 

Neighborhood: Lincoln Park

Exit Fullerton or Armitage and explore Lincoln Park. Wander the free Lincoln Park Zoo and the Chicago History Museum, pop into boutiques along Armitage and Halsted Avenues, or see a play at the award-winning Steppenwolf Theatre Company.

 

Neighborhood: Old Town

The Sedgwick stop brings you to Old Town where Wells Street tempts with independent art and specialty shops selling everything from cigars to fudge. Get some belly laughs in at The Second City or Zanies Comedy Club and make time for a meal at someplace classic — Orso's Restaurant — or someplace new — Pomp & Circumstance.

 

Related Listings

MingHin Cuisine
2168 S. Archer Ave.
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 808-1999

Adler Planetarium
1300 S. Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 922-7827

Chicago History Museum
1601 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 642-4600

The Field Museum
1400 S. Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 922-9410

Lincoln Park Zoo
Cannon Dr. at Fullerton Parkway
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 742-2000

Bronzeville Visitor Information Center
411 E. 35th St.
Chicago, IL 60653
(773) 819-2055

Nellcote
833 W. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 432-0500

Belmont Theater District
3138 N. Broadway St.
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 348-8608

The Violet Hour
1520 N. Damen Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 252-1500

Chicago Chinatown Chamber of Commerce
2169B S. China Pl.
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 326-5320

Art Institute of Chicago
111 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60603
(312) 443-3600

Shedd Aquarium
1200 S. Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 939-2438

Wrigley Field
1060 W. Addison St.
Chicago, IL 60613
(773) 404-4200

The Bedford
1612 W. Division St.
Chicago, IL 60642
(773) 235-8800

Steppenwolf Theatre Company
1650 N. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 335-1650

Orso's Restaurant
1401 N. Wells St.
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 787-6604

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Chicago, IL 60625
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