CTA’s Service is the Perfect Way to Get to the Festive Holiday Fun at the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival and Parade

November 17, 2022

Extra service to concerts and sports games at United Center and the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival and Parade

If you are planning to attend one of the city’s largest holiday events this weekend, the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival and Parade, travel with CTA for a convenient ride for the whole family. Customers can also save money by purchasing one of our unlimited rides passes, either the CTA’s 1-Day ($5) – far more economical and convenient than the price of gas and parking - or the 3-Day ($15) pass – a real budget-saving move.

Service for Upcoming Events

Magnificent Mile Lights Festival and Parade

Michigan Avenue between Oak Street and Wacker Drive – Sat. 11/9 Festival: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Parade: 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., and Fireworks: 7 p.m.


  • Rail: Extra service on the Red Line.
  • Bus: Several CTA bus routes will be providing extra service including the following:
    • #3 King Drive
    • #4 Cottage Grove
    • #J14 Jeffrey Jump
    • #65 Grand
    • #146 Inner Lake Shore/Michigan Express
    • #147 Outer DuSable Lake Shore Express 
    • #151 Sheridan

For additional route information check our website: https://www.transitchicago.com/schedules/

United Center

Extra service on the #20 Madison before each event, and extra service on the #19 United Center Express and the #50 Damen routes after each event

  • Rod Wave concert – Thu. 11/17 at 8 p.m.
  • Orlando Magic vs. Chicago Bulls – Fri. 11/18 at 7 p.m.
  • Pittsburg Penguins vs. Chicago Blackhawks – Sun. 11/20 at 6 p.m.
  • Boston Celtics vs. Chicago Bulls – Mon. 11/ 21 at 7 p.m.

Know before you go!

The CTA strongly recommends customers allow extra travel time and plan ahead by downloading the Ventra app, which allows you to manage your Ventra account, and also features a new trip planning tool powered by Google Maps. 

Masks are no longer required on CTA: While the city continues to see low levels of transmission of COVID-19, customers and employees who wish to continue wearing masks are encouraged to do so. We ask all customers to be courteous and respectful to fellow riders.

Fare payment options: We offer a variety of convenient payment options—from smart devices to contactless credit cards. Learn more about payment options and ways you can maximize your dollars with our lower-priced unlimited-ride passes by visiting: transitchicago.com/fares/

Service updates: Stay in the Loop on CTA service and follow us on Facebook or Twitter (@CTA) for system travel updates and alerts. For details about all CTA service, call 312-836-7000 or visit the CTA website at transitchicago.com.

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