Chicago CTA station
Photo by Abel Arciniega :: @tequilagraphics

Getting around Chicago: accessibility guide

Chicago offers a variety of resources to increase accessibility for travelers with disabilities or mobility devices within airports, public transportation, and beyond. And Chicago continues to make strides in our mission to be one of the most accessible big cities in the country, such as installing new traffic signals with audible beeps and vibrations to help people with blindness or low vision to cross the street. Learn more about accessible ways of getting to and around Chicago.

Accessible Chicago airports

O’Hare and Midway International Airports both offer various accommodations to help travelers with disabilities get to and from Chicago safely and conveniently, including accessible parking, restrooms, service animal areas, and special accommodations during security. Learn more in the Midway Airport accessibility guide and O’Hare Airport accessibility guide.

Accessible bus routes in Chicago

All of Chicago’s CTA bus routes use accessible buses for riders with disabilities. Lifts and ramps on all buses are available for use upon request for anyone who has trouble with steps, even temporarily. See schedules and routes and accessibility FAQs.

A visitor in a wheelchair at the Chicago CTA station
Photo by Abel Arciniega :: @tequilagraphics

Accessible ‘L’ trains and stations

All CTA trains have accessible features, including locations inside cars where a wheelchair can be secured. See a list of accessible ‘L’ stations for each line.

Check CTA System Status before you go for information about events (including service changes and elevator notices) that may affect your trip. See schedules and routes and accessibility FAQs.

Accessible cabs and ride share

Passengers can request a ride in a wheelchair-accessible vehicle by calling 1-888-WAV-CABS (1-888-928-2227) or by downloading the CURB app.

Passengers can also request a wheelchair-accessible vehicle in Chicago with the Uber app.

Accessible parking

Vehicles with eligible local disability placards are exempt from paying parking meters in Chicago. The city also honors disabled parking placards from most states and foreign countries, though these placards don’t receive a meter exemption. Learn more about accessible parking and transportation in Chicago.


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