Cover Your Bases and Take the CTA to the 2014 Cubs-Sox Series

April 25, 2014

The Chicago Transit Authority encourages baseball fans to avoid the hassle of traffic congestion by taking public transit to Wrigley Field and U.S. Cellular Field for the annual Cubs/Sox series. The CTA provides convenient and affordable bus and train service to both of Chicago’s ballparks.

The four-game series begins at Wrigley Field with games scheduled to begin at 7:05 p.m. on both Monday, May 5 and Tuesday, May 6. The games at U.S. Cellular Field are scheduled for 7:10 p.m. on both Wednesday, May 7 and Thursday, May 8.

Customers who use the Red Line to get to the games will be greeted by CTA personnel distributing commemorative 2014 Crosstown Series posters, which will be available approximately 90 minutes prior to the start of each game and until supplies last.

Posters will be distributed at the Addison Red Line station on Monday and Tuesday and at the Sox-35th Red Line station on Wednesday and Thursday.

This year marks the 16th anniversary of the CTA Crosstown Series commemorative posters. Since the program began in 1998, the commemorative posters designed by Chicago artist Steve Musgrave have become a one-of-a-kind collectible item for fans. Musgrave also has several murals featuring Cubs legends on display at the Addison station, which he adopted as part of the CTA's Adopt-A-Station program in 1998.

Getting to Wrigley Field

Fans heading to Wrigley Field can board Red Line trains from stations in the State Street subway downtown, or from Howard, which also connects with Purple or Yellow Line trains serving the northern suburbs and has a Park & Ride facility with more than 550 parking spaces.

For evening games at Wrigley Field, Yellow Line trains will operate until midnight from Howard. The Yellow Line provides a convenient option for fans to Park & Ride with more than 400 parking spaces available at the Skokie Yellow Line station, just three blocks east of the Edens Expressway. Park & Ride also is available at the Howard and Linden stations.

Several CTA bus routes also provide convenient service directly to Wrigley Field:

  • #8 Halsted buses operate north on Halsted from 79th Street to Broadway/Waveland;
  • #22 Clark buses operate north through the Loop on Dearborn and south on Clark from Howard;
  • #152 Addison buses operate on Addison from Cumberland on the west to Lake Shore Drive on the east. For all games, additional service will be provided on the #152 Addison route as crowds warrant, starting two hours before game time and operating until one hour after games end; and the
  • #80 Irving Park route will have extra buses operating from the Irving Park Metra station to Irving Park/Broadway starting approximately two hours before game time.

Getting to U.S. Cellular Field

The Red Line provides service to the Sox-35th Street station, located just a short, one-block walk to U.S. Cellular Field. There are free connections from the Purple and Yellow lines at Howard and from Brown Line trains at Belmont and Fullerton.

The Green Line is another rail option, with trains stopping at the accessible 35th-Bronzeville-IIT station located just three blocks west of U.S. Cellular Field. Fans can transfer from the Green Line to #35 35th Street buses, which stop in front of the ballpark.

Orange Line customers can reach the ballpark via the 35th/Archer station with a transfer to the #35 buses or the #39 Pershing buses. #35 buses stop at stations on the Green, Orange and Red lines at 35th Street. The #39 diverts to the Sox-35th Red Line station and the 35th/Archer Orange Line stations and operates until 10 p.m. on weekdays.

#24 Wentworth

On weekdays through early evening, #24 buses serve the ballpark from Clark Street downtown, and from 79th Street via Vincennes, Wentworth and LaSalle. 

#29 State

Buses serving the #29 route operate on State Street between the 95th/Dan Ryan Red Line terminal and Navy Pier, which offer another nearby travel option for those heading to U.S. Cellular Field.

Stay in the Loop on CTA service

Plan your trip using the Red Line South Trip Planner. Fans can also use CTA Bus Tracker and CTA Train Tracker when heading out or on the way to the ball games. 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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