Chicago baseball fans can look forward to another season of sure-hit travel to home games on the CTA's Red Line, which serves both the Cubs? friendly confines at Wrigley Field and the Comiskey Park home of the White Sox.
The Cubs open their 2002 home season Friday, April 5, with a 2:20 p.m. game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, where the easiest way to reach Wrigley Field will be by taking a Red Line train to the accessible station at Addison. From there you?re just a long fly ball across Sheffield Avenue from the right field stands. For the start of weekday night games throughout the season, Purple Line (Evanston Express) trains will also stop at Addison.
The White Sox will host the Baltimore Orioles for the first home game of their 2002 season at 1:05 p.m. Friday, April 12, at Comiskey Park. Comiskey Park is served by the Red Line through the newly accessible station at Sox-35th, just across Wentworth Avenue from the left field stands.
Customers can connect to Red Line trains from all other 'L' lines and most east-west bus routes. For Cubs fans, trains take only 15 to 17 minutes to reach Addison from stations in the State Street subway downtown. Travel time is about the same from Howard, where fans can connect from the Purple or Yellow Lines.
For White Sox fans, the trip from the State Street subway downtown to Sox-35th takes only about 10 to 12 minutes, and from 95th, around 18 minutes.
Besides the Red Line, Wrigley Field is also served by accessible #22 Clark buses that operate north through the Loop on Dearborn and south on Clark from Howard, and by #152 Addison buses that run east and west on Addison. For weekday night games, #154 Wrigley Field Express buses will provide direct service to Wrigley Field from parking lots just west of Western and south of Addison, beginning two hours before each game.
Comiskey Park is also served by accessible #35 35th buses, which connect with accessible stations on both the Green and Orange Lines. On weekdays through early evening, #24 Wentworth buses serve the park from Clark Street downtown, and from 79th via Vincennes, Wentworth and LaSalle.
For details about all CTA service, call 836-7000 (all local area codes).# # #