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There is a basic pattern to the street numbers in Chicago beginning in the Loop at the intersection of State Street (which runs north-south) and Madison Street (which runs east-west). The diagram illustrates this principle. There are generally 100 numbers in a block, so you can roughly estimate that a place at 200 South Dearborn is two blocks south of Madison; a place at 444 West Monroe would be four blocks west of State Street. 800 numbers cover about one mile; the distance between 100 North Michigan and 900 North Michigan Avenue is one mile. Since there are diagonal streets in Chicago, this rule may not apply.


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Below is a list of the CTA Rapid Transit lines and a short explanation of where they run: Train fare is $2.25. A transfer costs an additional 25 cents. An unlimited-ride, 30-day pass for $86.00 can be purchased at any Currency Exchange, Jewel and Dominick's food stores and on the CTA web site at You may also purchase the Chicago Card/Chicago Plus Card on the internet site. These cards allow you to "touch and go" at any CTA location.

Pink Line (54th/Cermak-Loop) - this train runs elevated from 54th/Cermak through Rush University Medical Center (Polk stop) around the Loop and then back to 54th/Cermak Avenue.

Blue Line (Forest Park/O'Hare) - this train runs from Forest Park along the Eisenhower Expressway by Rush University Medical Center (Illinois Medical District Stop). The Racine stop can be used by Center Court residents. It continues as a subway through the Loop under Monroe & Jackson Streets. The Blue line continues northwest out the Kennedy Expressway to O'Hare Airport.

Green Line (Harlem/Lake-Ashland/63rd) - this elevated section of the green line runs from West suburban Harlem/Lake through the loop and back south to Ashland/63rd.

Green Line (Harlem/Lake-Cottage Grove) - this elevated section of the green line runs from West suburban Harlem/Lake through the loop and back south to Cottage Grove.

Red Line (Howard-Dan Ryan) - this train runs north (Howard) and south (Dan Ryan) a few blocks from Lake Michigan. This train runs as a subway through the loop under State Street and is the closest line to the Magnifi cent Mile.

Brown Line (Kimball-Loop) - the brown line runs elevated through the loop and then northwest to Kimball Avenue.

Purple Line (Linden-Howard)- The Purple Line beginning at Howard, where the Red Line ends, makes all scheduled stops north to Wilmette. The Evanston Express runs during peak times elevated through the loop and north to Belmont, then non-stop express up to Howard (Red Line). The last stop before the express begins is at Belmont.

Orange Line (Midway-Loop) - this train runs elevated through the Loop and then southwest to Midway Airport.

Yellow Line (Howard-Skokie) - the yellow line begins at Howard where the Red Line ends, making all scheduled stops West to Skokie.



Metra, the commuter rail train, provides transportation services between Chicago and the suburbs on 12 different lines. The 495-mile Metra system serves 230 stations in the counties of Cook, DuPage, Lake, Will, McHenry and Kane. Trains terminate at Union Station, the Ogilvie Transportation Center (formerly Northwestern Station), the Randolph Street Station, and the LaSalle Street Station. Complete fare and schedule information is available at

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