Number of car-sharing locations: 537
Top neighborhoods: Lakeview, The Loop, Near North Just try making a big run to the Dominick's on Division, the Jewel/Osco just off of LaSalle or the Trader Joe's and/or Whole Food in Lincoln Park without a car. Oh, it's possible, but it'll be an odyssey that would make even Ulysses wonder why you didn't take a path of less resistance. Chicago is yet another city that's built a reputation for great public transportation, but doesn't necessarily live up to it once you get away from the rail lines. In Chicago's case, the farther east you go the more a car becomes a fixture in your life. While most of Chicago's top car-sharing neighborhoods are within a whiff of Lake Michigan, their young residents drawn from around the Midwest tend to enjoy roaming, shopping and heading home every so often. Once the city thaws and summer hits, nothing says "weekend with the folks in Ames" quite like that Honda ( HMC) Civic sitting in the car-share space just down the street.