Our buses and trains are a sure “home run” for the Cubs home opener
“Go Cubs Go!” and leave the driving to the CTA! Our trains and buses are still the most convenient, low-stress and affordable way to get to Opening Day 2019 on the North Side, as well as throughout the baseball season. The Chicago Cubs’ home opener is Monday, April 8, 2019, at 1:20 p.m. against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Avoid the stress of traffic and the hassle of high-priced parking by traveling to the “Friendly Confines” using convenient, affordable CTA trains and buses.
The Red Line is a great way to get to the game, with the CTA’s Addison station located just half a block east of Wrigley Field.
Red Line: Extra service on the Red Line for all Cubs weekday night games, including increased frequency, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. for all northbound trains.
Purple Line: During weeknight games, southbound Purple Line Express trains will stop at Sheridan, where riders can either walk three blocks south on Sheridan/Sheffield to the ballpark or transfer to a southbound Red Line train and exit at the Addison station.
Yellow Line: Take the Yellow Line southbound and transfer at Howard to the Red Line; continue to Addison station. To accommodate fans returning home, the Yellow Line will run for an hour later from Howard – until 12 a.m. – for all night games at Wrigley Field.
Wrigley Field is also served by a variety of bus routes:
- #8 Halsted
- #22 Clark
- #36 Broadway
- #80 Irving Park
- #151 Sheridan
- #152 Addison
NOTE: The #80 and #152 bus routes provide additional service on Cubs game days.
The CTA recommends that customers plan ahead and purchase fares in advance to decrease travel times and avoid long lines at rail stations. Below are some of the convenient methods to pay your way on the CTA:
Existing Ventra card users: Customers can load their registered Ventra cards ahead of time with either transit value or unlimited ride passes (1-day, 3-day, 7-day and 30-day) via the free Ventra app, at rail stations, online or at nearly 1,000 local retailers (for locations available or to download the app, visit ventrachicago.com).
Visitors: Available at Ventra vending machines located in all CTA rail stations are 1-day unlimited ride tickets ($10) or single-ride tickets ($3 at all rail stations except O’Hare, which costs $5) that offer up to two transfers within two hours. Customers can also obtain reloadable Ventra fare cards at all Ventra vending machines.
Electronic fare payments: Customers can pay their fare with contactless bankcards and mobile wallets (e.g. Apple Pay or Android Pay), which will deduct $2.50 for each tap of the card or mobile device on buses or at rail stations. Transfers are not available with these payment options – to transfer, customers will need to obtain a Ventra fare card or ticket.
Cash: Cash payments are accepted on buses and require exact fare. No transfers are available with cash fares, only with Ventra fare cards and tickets.
Stay in the Loop on CTA service
Plan your trip using the Google Transit Trip Planner. Be sure to also check out CTA 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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