The Chicago Model | ThinkProgress
Chicago, though by no means perfect, is largely doing real estate development policy right. It’s a city that’s both sprawling and dense. It has its share of heavy rail transit serving the center of the city, and downtown where land is expensive the buildings get very tall. At the same time, it also spreads out a great deal since lots of people have a perfectly authentic preference for single family homes and varying degrees of low density neighborhoods.
It's a good point. And if you live in the suburbs you can take the commuter rail system, METRA. I have used either the CTA or METRA to get to work since 1994.