Bus and Rail Service Information for the 2013 Air & Water Show

August 16, 2013

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) will provide additional service for spectators heading to the annual Air & Water Show on Saturday, August 17 and Sunday, August 18.  The event will take place along the lakefront from Oak Street Beach to Fullerton with the air and water performances combined into one show from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on both days.  The best viewing location will be at North Avenue Beach.


To accommodate the increased number of customers traveling to and from the Air & Water Show, longer trains will operate along the following rail lines on both Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m. until 6:30 p.m.:

  • Blue Line
  • Brown Line
  • Green Line
  • Orange Line



Additional Bus Service: #72 North Avenue and #151 Sheridan

On both days, supplemental bus service will be provided on the #72 North Avenue and #151 Sheridan routes, which operate close to all the activities.  In an effort to avoid traffic congestion near the North Avenue Beach area, #72 buses only will travel as far east as North Avenue and Clark. 


Due to anticipated heavy pedestrian and vehicle traffic, buses operating along the #22 Clark, #36 Broadway, #73 Armitage and #151 Sheridan bus routes will be detoured.

Customers are advised to allow extra travel time.


Info On-the-Go

Use CTA Bus Tracker and CTA Train Tracker to help plan travel to events throughout the city and 4 surrounding suburbs. Check out CTA on Twitter(@CTA) for system travel updates and alerts. 

Park & Ride Facilities

To avoid traffic congestion, combine the convenience of driving with the economical savings of public transit by using CTA Park & Ride facilities. Parking is available for approximately 6,000 cars at CTA’s 17 Park & Ride facilities, mainly at rail terminals, throughout the CTA system. 

Park & Ride stations are listed on CTA’s system map and on the CTA’s website at transitchicago.com/parking/.

Fare Information

Bus customers who use CTA fare media pay $2.00 to ride. For rail customers or those who pay cash on the bus, the fare is $2.25. Customers who use CTA fare media may transfer for a 25 cent fee. Transfers are not available for customers paying fares in cash.


For details about all CTA service, call 312-836-7000 or visit the CTA website at transitchicago.com.

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