Celebrate July 3 and 4—and Let the CTA Get You There

July 1, 2021

Headed to the City of Chicago’s lakefront fireworks show on Saturday or to a July 4th celebration elsewhere? The CTA is the most affordable, convenient and environmentally-friendly way to get around this holiday weekend.

Additional bus service will be provided along select routes, and trains will be running full service, to accommodate travelers heading to and from the downtown area for the City of Chicago’s lakefront fireworks event on Saturday, July 3 at approximately 9:30 p.m.

NOTE: On Sunday, July 4 and Monday, July 5, all CTA buses and trains will be operating on a Sunday/holiday schedule .

Extra service

Additional service will be provided along the following routes to accommodate spectators heading to and from the downtown lakefront area for the fireworks:

The fireworks display will be visible from multiple locations along the lakefront from Grand Avenue to the north and at least 55th Street to the south.

The CTA strongly recommends customers plan ahead, leave extra travel time, and purchase fares in advance.

Know before you go!

Below are a few things to be aware of to help make travel on the CTA smooth and easy:

  • Masks are required on CTA: Per federal mandate, masks or face coverings are required on all CTA properties – even if you are vaccinated. As such, all customers are required to wear masks/coverings while on a CTA bus, train, platform or in a station or other building or facility owned and operated by the CTA. Free, disposable masks are available in all CTA buses and rail stations. 
  • No bikes on trains: On Saturday (7/3) between 7 p.m. and midnight, bicycles are not permitted on trains. This is for customer safety and to provide additional capacity. Bicycles are permitted on buses equipped with bike racks (maximum of two bikes per rack).
  • Folding of carts/strollers: On Saturday (7/3) between 7 p.m. and midnight, customers will need to be prepared to fold all strollers and/or carts when asked by CTA personnel – either prior to or after boarding buses and trains – for customer safety and to provide additional capacity.
  • Plan your trip: Plan your trip using the Google Transit Trip Planner and our new Ridership Dashboards, which are designed to help you better plan trips on our buses and trains to avoid traveling during heavy ridership periods, whenever possible
  • “More Fun, Less Fare” summer fares promotion: Now through Labor Day, the CTA is offering a special discount on its three most popular unlimited-ride passes:
    • 1-day/24-hour pass: $5 (down from $10)
    • 3-day/72-hour pass: $15 (down from $20)
    • 7-day pass: $20 (down from $28)
  • Ways to pay: There are a variety of convenient fare payment options, including payment with mobile pay apps (Apple Pay, Google Pay, etc.) and contactless bankcards. To learn more, visit: transitchicago.com/fares/.
  • Travel updates and alerts: Stay in the Loop on CTA service wand 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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