8. Use these crucial Chicago transit apps
Nowadays there seems to be an app for pretty much everything. However, a few prove to be pretty indispensible for helping users get around town. SpotHero finds private parking spots nearby, and the city’s ParkChicago app allows users to pay for public spots and extend their time remotely. The Getaround app lets users rent nearby cars by the hour or day, and RideScout is a transportation app that does a little bit of everything. It’ll find nearby taxis, ride-shares, Zipcar rentals, public transit options, Divvy bike stations, and parking-rental spots. For drivers, there’s also Waze, which speeds up commutes by offering faster alternate routes in real time.
9. Instead of the Kennedy or the Stevenson, take Elston Ave or Archer Ave during rush hour
When the expressway traffic is jammed up like a downtown bar’s bathroom line on St. Patrick’s Day, you can take an exit and get moving again on two of the city’s larger, diagonal-running streets. Get off the Kennedy and hop onto Elston Ave, and if you’re on the Stevenson, head for Archer Ave.
10. Bike the 606 trail when traveling to/from Humboldt Park and Bucktown
Sure, the recently finished 606 trail is no secret, but many cyclists will be surprised at just how zippy the commute can be on it. Even if the trail is not a straight line to your destination, it doesn’t have any red lights or giant potholes that may swallow you whole. It gets busy during peak hours, but riding down the trail is still less stressful than worrying about cabs that are driving like they’re in the Indianapolis 500.
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Raf prefers to get around on his matte-black track bike, which is named Marla. Send him shortcut tips: @RafFoSho.