Come Along for the Ride! CTA and Metra Will Be Your Hot Wheels to the 2024 Chicago Auto Show

February 6, 2024

CTA and Metra offer convenient bus and rail service to McCormick Place for the Auto Show

Ditch the keys to your old jalopy and hit the road to the 2024 Chicago Auto Show via the quickest, most affordable and hassle-free way – CTA and Metra! The Auto Show occurs Saturday, Feb. 10, through Monday, Feb. 19, 2024, at McCormick Place.

By CTA Train

The Cermak-McCormick Place Green Line station is located within walking distance, west of McCormick Place. Customers can connect to the Green Line via multiple rail lines (Red, Orange, Blue, Brown and Pink lines), with free transfers at multiple locations. The CTA will have signage directing customers where to transfer and exit.

By Metra Rail

Metra Electric Line trains will be making extra stops at the McCormick Place Station for the duration of the show. For the full schedule, go to metra.com/alternate-schedules. Metra riders on rail lines that arrive at Chicago Union Station, LaSalle Street Station and the Ogilvie Transportation Center can board the CTA’s Auto Show shuttle buses for direct service to McCormick Place (see below).

By CTA Bus

McCormick Place is served by the #3 King Drive and the #21 Cermak routes.

Special CTA Auto Show Shuttle Bus

Take the Auto Show shuttle bus to McCormick Place. 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 Metra riders taking Metra to downtown, the bus will operate 12 to 20 minutes during the following spans each day:

  • 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, February 10, and Monday, February 12 to Saturday, February 18
  • 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday, February 11
  • 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday, February 19

Signs on the buses will indicate “To Auto Show McCormick Place” or “Metra Stations/Via Downtown”. The shuttle bus fare is $2.25.

More Auto Show, Less Fare

A reminder to all customers, especially suburban car enthusiasts: CTA and Metra are an even more economical and affordable option to travel to the Auto Show.

CTA Fares

Customers can save money by purchasing an unlimited ride pass from CTA. Good choices for Auto Show visitors include:

  • 1-day/24-hour pass: $5
  • 3-day/72-hour pass: $15
  • 7-day pass: $20

Metra Weekday Fares

  • Metra offers a weekday Day Pass priced at twice the cost of a One-Way Ticket and valid for unlimited rides for a single day within the zones selected. Day Passes are available for purchase at ticket vending machines and on the Ventra app.
  • Children 6 or younger ride free with a fare-paying adult.

Metra Weekend Fares

  • The $10 Weekend Pass (available on the Ventra app only) is good for unlimited travel on Metra on both Saturday and Sunday.
  • The $7 Saturday or Sunday Day Pass is good for unlimited rides on either Saturday or Sunday. The pass is available for purchase from ticket vending machines, conductors, or the Ventra app.
  • And don’t forget about Metra’s Family Fares, which allow up to three children 11 and under to ride free on weekends with each fare-paying adult.

Know before you go!

The CTA and Metra strongly recommend that customers plan ahead, allow extra travel time, and purchase fares in advance.

Fare payment options on CTA: 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/

Stay in the Loop on CTA service and 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.

For the latest information on Metra service, follow your Metra line on Twitter (@Metra) or sign up for service alerts for your line at metra.com. Metra Customer Service at 312-322-6777 is available to assist you from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. After 5 p.m. weekdays and on Saturdays, the RTA Travel Information Center is available to assist you at 312-836-7000.

For more information to plan your Auto Show visit, please check metra.com or transitchicago.com. Also, please see map below for Auto Show shuttle bus.

CTA Shuttle Bus_Map_Auto_Show




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