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Chicago Visitor Info & Getting Around


City: 2.896.016
(US Census 2000; every 10 years)

City of Chicago (eGov website)

See: City of Chicago


Public transportation

Chicago Transit Authority (CTA)

...operates a network of buses and elevated/subway trains throughout Chicago. See: CTA - Chicago Transit Authority

Regional Transportation Authority (RTA)

See RTA - Regional Transportation Authority

Metra (Commuter Rail)

See Metra Rail


O'Hare International Airport
Midway Airport

Midway Airport
O'Hare Internatl. Airport

Street system

It is a grid-system and State Street (runs north-south) & Madison Street (runs west-east) mark the center point. State Street as the vertical axis has marked addresses north of Madison as N State Street. In the other direction S State Street. Madison is therefore the horizontal axis and addresses west of State are marked W Madison Street. In the other direction E Madison Street.


202 m above sealevel


202 m above sealevel

Visitor Center

Chicago's Visitor Information Centers are conveniently located in two of the city's most popular areas. The Chicago Water Works Visitor Information Center is located in the Historic Water Tower buidling, just off of the Magnificent Mile. The Chicago Cultural Center Visitor Information Center is located in the Loop.

Please find addresses below and our map shows the locations on the Bing Live Map.

Visitor Centers are located in two historic landmarks:
Chicago Cultural Center
77 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601 (at Michigan Avenue)

Chicago Water Works
163 E Pearson St, Chicago, IL 60611 (at Michigan Avenue)

Chicago Greeter

(By reservation only) Phone: (312) 744-8000
Mon.-Fri., 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
The Chicago Office of Tourism invites visitors to meet Chicagoans and experience the new Chicago Greeter service. Chicago Greeter is a volunteer-based service that gives Chicagoans a chance to show visitors their favorite things about the city. Through this new service, visitors will meet a greeter that will take them around the city, demonstrate its walkability and the user-friendliness of its public transportation system. This service provides visitors with a Chicago experience from a local's perspective.
Similar to New York's Big Apple Greeter and Australia's Melbourne Greeters and Adelaide Greeters visitor services, Chicago Greeter is designed to match a friendly, enthusiastic, and city-wise local with an interested visitor for a 2 - 4 hour informal, insider orientation to Chicago's sights. Chicago Greeter's more than 100 volunteers speak 13 different languages. Chicago Greeter's registration system will match greeters with visitors based on language and interest.

Please find their website link below.

Living in Chicago



Electricity, see official website below.

Peoples Gas

see official website below.

Nicor Gas

see official website below.


Board of Elections, see official website below.

Dog Beach

Montrose Dog Beach in Uptown is the only official dog beach in Chicago. See more details: Montrose Dog Beach in Chicago

Daten, Fakten & Besucher Info



GPS Coordinates

1 -- Chicago Cultural Center
Decimal Lat: 41.884449 / Lon: -87.625173

2 -- Visitor Center, Chicago Water Works
Decimal Lat: 41.897542 / Lon: -87.623206

3 -- O'Hare Airport, USA
Decimal Lat: 41.982335 / Lon: -87.875948

4 -- Midway Airport, USA
Decimal Lat: 41.786481 / Lon: -87.743683

5 -- Junction of State St / Madison St, Chicago, USA
Decimal Lat: 41.882095 / Lon: -87.627822


Document Information
Source: Explore Chicago (City of Chicago Tourism Office); Chicago CTB; magazineUSA.com
Last modified: 20100329
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