The third largest city in the United States, and largest in Illinois, Chicago is a major city full of transportation.
Chicago was founded in 1833, with a population of 200. Currently, it has nearly 2.75 million people in the city, and over 10 million in the metro.
The city takes up nearly a third of the area of Cook County. The city continued to grow through the 19th and 20th century.
Currently, the city is divided into 77 community areas set into 9 areas. These are reflected below, and white lettering community areas are currently covered.
Chicago is also the most important rail hub in North America, connecting a massive rail network and the Great Lakes.
The city also serves a gateway between the east and west for railroads, which operate hundreds of miles of track through the city.
In addition to freight, the city has a system of Elevated "L" trains, which serve commuter needs, connecting into the Metra, a regional transportation system and the Amtrak, a national railroad service.
With the rise of the car and airplane, the railroad network in the nation, as well as Chicago began to decline. However, many lines continue to serve the original intent, with several others having been converted to pedestrian needs.
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Covered Chicago Community Areas
Near North Side
Near South Side
Far North Side
Far Southeast Side
Far Southwest Side
Near West Side
West Garfield Park
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