With the second largest public transportation system in the country, it’s no wonder Chicago is ranked among the top 10 cities to live for public transit. With multiple rail, bus and subway options available, more than 1.5 million people each day take advantage of Chicago’s well-organized system to get around the Windy City. Whether you’re a first-time buyer or new to Chicago, considering the quality of the public transit in potential neighborhoods can help you decide whether or not the location is right for you. So if you’re looking for communities that offer easy access to work, school or a night on the town, consider one of these five neighborhoods.

Grant Park

Located on the shores of Lake Michigan, Grant Park is an ideal neighborhood for taking advantage of Chicago’s public transit. With 16 bus lines and one rail line in the area, riders can enjoy quick access to nearby dining and entertainment options, or get across town to Lincoln Park and South Chicago, both just a 30-minute ride away. It’s no wonder this neighborhood has a transit score of 100.

West Loop

Home to Mary Bartleme Park, numerous galleries and boutiques as well as the city’s famous “Restaurant Row,” West Loop has something for everyone. This attractive neighborhood also features 19 bus, nine rail and two subway lines, allowing riders quick access to connecting lines including the nearby Green, Pink, Orange, Brown and Purple lines, which help give it a transit score of 100.

River North

A short distance north of West Loop across the Chicago River, River North features plenty of riverside dining and entertainment options. Riders in the neighborhood have access to the Green, Blue, Pink, Brown, Orange and Purple lines, allowing them to travel almost anywhere in the city and giving River North a transit score of 100.

The Loop

Featuring a vibrant social scene with more than 1,000 restaurants, coffee shops and bars, Chicago’s downtown business district also offers riders the chance to explore all the city has to offer. With 41 bus, one rail and seven subway lines in the area, riders have unlimited options to access museums, entertainment and more, giving Chicago’s Loop a transit score of 99.

Fulton River District

This once industrial area is home to one of Chicago’s newest neighborhoods, with around 300 restaurants and new shops popping up every day. Close proximity to the Loop, West Loop and River North, Fulton offers residence nearby dining and entertainment options while four bus lines and a local subway line provide the opportunity to visit neighborhoods like Lakeview and Oak Park, making it fifth on our list with a transit score of 96.

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