Construction Affecting CTA Rail Service Beginning Weekend of 8/26 – 8/28

August 23, 2016

CTA to provide extra service for upcoming concerts and events

The Chicago Transit Authority is notifying customers that weekend construction work planned as part of the Wilson Station Reconstruction Project will require Howard-bound Red Line trains to bypass stations from Sheridan to Howard beginning late Friday night through early Monday morning.

Separately, CTA is providing extra service for upcoming events including the Billy Joel and Luke Bryan concerts at Wrigley Field, the Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour and Bruce Springsteen concerts at the United Center and the Bears Pre-Season Game at Soldier Field.

Howard-bound Trains to Run Express from Sheridan to Howard

Construction crews will be performing track work as part of the Wilson Station Reconstruction Project beginning 11 p.m. Friday, August 26 until 2 a.m. Monday, August 29.

During this time, Howard-bound (northbound) Red Line trains will run express from Sheridan to Howard, bypassing the Wilson, Lawrence, Argyle, Berwyn, Bryn Mawr, Thorndale, Granville, Loyola, Morse and Jarvis stations.

95th-bound (southbound) trains will continue to serve all stations throughout the weekend.

Howard-bound customers at Wilson, Lawrence, Argyle, Berwyn, Bryn Mawr, Thorndale, Granville, Loyola, Morse or Jarvis stations will need to take a 95th-bound train to Sheridan and then transfer to a Howard-bound train.

Howard-bound customers who want to exit at the affected stations will need to travel to Howard and transfer to a 95th-bound train.

For alternate service through the affected area, consider using the #22 Clark, #36 Broadway, #147 Outer Drive Express or #151 Sheridan bus routes, which run parallel to the Red Line.

Note: #22 Clark buses run at all times, including in the overnight hours. During this period, northbound #151 Sheridan bus service will also be provided overnight between the Sheridan Red Line station and Clark/Devon, to provide alternate service.

For more information on the Wilson project, visit: http://www.transitchicago.com/wilson/

Wrigley Field Concerts

To accommodate concert-goers heading to Wrigley Field for the upcoming Billy Joel and Luke Bryan concerts, the CTA will provide additional service on the #80 Irving Park and the #152 Addison from approximately two hours before the concerts begin until one hour after the concerts end. CTA will provide extra service for:

  • Friday, August 26 at 8 p.m. - Billy Joel concert
  • Saturday, August 27 at 6 p.m. - Luke Bryan concert

For more information on getting to Wrigley Field on the CTA, visit: http://www.transitchicago.com/riding_cta/popdest/sports.aspx.

Chicago Bears Pre-Season Game at Soldier Field

The Chicago Bears will host the Kansas City Chiefs Saturday, August 27 at noon. The CTA will operate the #128 Soldier Field Express between Union Station, Ogilvie and Soldier Field and will provide additional #146 Inner Drive/Michigan Express service for customers heading to the game. Additional service will begin at approximately two hours before game time and continue until one hour after the game ends.

For more information on getting to the game on the CTA, please visit: http://www.transitchicago.com/riding_cta/popdest/sports.aspx.

United Center Concerts

The CTA will operate the #19 United Center Express for customers attending upcoming concerts this weekend. 

  • Sunday, August 28 at 7:30 p.m. – Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
  • Thursday, September 1 at 8 p.m. – Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour

#19 United Center Express buses will leave from Michigan and Randolph beginning at approximately 5:30 p.m. until approximately one hour after the events ends. Buses will await customers on the north side of the United Center eastbound on Madison near Gate 3.


CTA’s Ashland/Lake station, served by the Green and Pink lines, is located a few blocks northeast of the United Center. Customers exiting at the station can transfer to #9 Ashland buses or simply walk a few blocks to the stadium. Customers taking the Blue Line can get to the United Center by exiting at the Illinois Medical District station and walking a few blocks north to the United Center.

Stay in the Loop on CTA service

Plan your trip using the Google Transit Trip Planner. Be sure to also check out CTA 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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