As Super Bowl and Fat Tuesday Celebrations Commence, Remember CTA is the Safest Way to Get Around Chicago

February 8, 2024

Let CTA be your designated driver when you’re out and about in the coming days 

You don’t have to be a 49ers or Chiefs fan to be a fan of the CTA – the  safest, most affordable option for traveling around Chicagoland as Fat Tuesday approaches. Or, if you are heading to this year’s Auto Show at McCormick Place? Public transit is still the best option, for CTA and Metra riders. And you just might realize trains and buses are much cooler than driving! Purchase an unlimited rides pass, either the 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

2024 Chicago Auto Show 

McCormick Place (South Building) – Sat. 2/10 & Mon. 2/12-2/18 at 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., Sun. 2/11 at 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Mon. 2/19 at 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

CTA Train and Bus

  • Rail: Take the Green Line and exit at the Cermak-McCormick Place station.


  • Bus: The #3 King Drive and the #21 Cermak bus routes provide service to McCormick Place.

Special CTA Auto Show Shuttle Bus

Take the Auto Show shuttle bus to McCormick Place. The shuttle bus fare is $2.25. The shuttle bus provides a fast ride to and from McCormick Place, for:

  • Union Station (Southbound on Clinton at Quincy or Eastbound on Jackson at Canal, Stop A)
  • Ogilvie Transportation Center (Southbound on Clinton at Madison, Stop L)
  • LaSalle Street Station (Eastbound on Jackson at Financial Place, Stop B)


For riders taking Metra to downtown, the CTA shuttle will operate every 12 to 20 minutes each day between:

  • 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sat. 2/10, and Mon. 2/12 to Sat. 2/18
  • 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sun. 2/11
  • 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Mon. 2/19

Signs on the shuttles will indicate “To Auto Show McCormick Place” or “Metra Stations/Via Downtown”.

United Center

Get to and from the following events via the #20 Madison and #50 Damen bus routes. Customers can also take the #19 United Center Express route post event:

  • Ye and Ty Dolla Sign – Thu. 2/8 at 9 p.m.
  • New York Rangers vs. Chicago Blackhawks – Fri. 2/9 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Vancouver Canucks vs. Chicago Blackhawks – Tue. 2/13 at 7:30 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. 

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 changes and alerts by subscribing to CTA Updates. For details about all CTA service, call 312-836-7000 or visit the CTA website at transitchicago.com.

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