November 20, 2001

Twelve CTA bus routes that operate on or cross State Street between Roosevelt and Wacker will be detoured Thursday morning, November 22, for Marshall Field's Jingle Elf Parade, which will begin at 8:30 a.m. northbound on State from Congress.

The affected routes are the #6 Jeffery Express, #10 Museum of Science & Industry, #20 Madison, #29 State, #36 Broadway, #56 Milwaukee, #60 Blue Island/26th, #62 Archer, #126 Jackson, #145 Wilson/Michigan Express, #146 Marine/Michigan Express and #151 Sheridan.

#6, #10 and #146 buses that normally operate on State will use Michigan from Wacker to Congress in both directions. #145 buses will use Michigan southbound and Dearborn northbound. #29, #36, and #62 buses will operate north through the Loop on Dearborn and south on Clark.

Eastbound #56 and #60 buses will go south on Clark and east on Congress before returning to their regular routes northbound on Michigan. Southbound #151 buses will operate via Michigan, Ontario and Clark to Adams. Northbound buses will leave Jackson at Dearborn and go north to Ohio before returning to Michigan.

#20 Madison buses will end their trips east on Washington at Clark before starting new trips west on Madison, while #126 Jackson buses will end their trips on Jackson at Dearborn before going north to Adams to begin trips west.

Participating in the parade will be the CTA's mini-train and mini-bus, decorated with holiday lights, garlands and candy canes. The mini-train runs on rubber tires and is pulled by a mock steam engine and tender reminiscent of equipment used by the first 'L' service over 100 years ago. The ?passenger cars? following behind are painted to look like 'L' cars of the 1890s, 1950s and 1990s. The mini-bus consists of a mock-up of three styles of buses that have seen recent CTA service. Connected together, they will be pulling a red Santa sleigh decorated for the season. CTA employees and their families will ride aboard.

All CTA service will operate on a Sunday/holiday schedule Thanksgiving Day.

The regular weekday schedule will be in effect on Friday, November 23.

For details about CTA service, call 836-7000 (all local area codes).

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