Crosstown Series Begins Friday – Take the CTA to Wrigley Field

June 10, 2010

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

The Chicago Cubs host the Chicago White Sox this weekend at Wrigley Field. The first game of the three-game Interleague series begins Friday, June 11 at 1:20 p.m.; Saturday’s game time is 3:05 p.m.; and the last game of the weekend series is Sunday at 7:00 p.m.

Prior to each game, CTA staff will greet customers at the Addison station and distribute commemorative 2010 Crosstown Series posters to customers who use the Red Line to get to the game. Posters will be handed out as long as supplies last.

In addition, limited edition cards are being dispensed from farecard vending machines at all CTA rail stations for as long as supplies last.

Chicago artist Steve Musgrave designed the farecard and commemorative posters. Since the program began in 1998, the commemorative posters and farecards 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.

Fans heading to Wrigley Field can board Red Line trains from stations in the State Street subway downtown, or from Howard, where fans can connect from Purple or Yellow Line trains serving the northern suburbs.

As is customary for Cubs evening games, Yellow Line trains will operate until midnight from Howard on Sunday. 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;
  • #154 Wrigley Field Express buses operate for all night and weekend games for fans who wish to combine driving and public transit to travel to the games. #154 buses provide direct service to Wrigley Field from parking lots at DeVry University on Rockwell, a quarter-mile west of Western and a quarter-mile south of Addison. Service begins three hours before each game and runs until one hour after night games end, and two hours after weekend games end. A $6 fee includes parking at DeVry and round-trip bus transit for a carload of fans. In addition, customers who do not park at DeVry but wish to ride to Wrigley Field will be able to board the bus and travel to the ballpark by paying for a round trip regular CTA bus fare.  Bus customers who use CTA fare media pay $2.00 for each way (total $4 roundtrip). For customers who pay cash, the fare is $2.25 ($4.50 roundtrip).

Bus customers who use CTA fare media pay $2.00 to ride. For rail customers or customers 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 836-7000 (all local area codes) or visit the CTA website at www.transitchicago.com.

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