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Riding Chicago's L Chicago Illinois United States

Riding Chicago's L

The transit systems for most big cities run underground, but Chicago’s elevated train runs largely above ground, and its railway around the downtown area gave it the nickname “The Loop.”

I wish I could have seen the first version of the L, a steam locomotive running 3.6 miles through downtown Chicago in 1892, but the more modern version of the L includes 8 color-coded train lines running to every part of the city.

Not only does the L transport locals from one point to another, it also provides tourists with a 24-hour tour of the city for the cheap price of only $2.25. In fact, the greatest part about any ride on the L is the view of famous architecture and sculpture rushing by the train windows as well as the tiny peeks into people’s windows as the train passes by apartment buildings and offices.