June 18, 2004

CTA to Distribute Commemorative Crosstown Classic Poster at Stations

Baseball fans heading to U.S. Cellular Field and Wrigley Field for the annual interleague series the next two weekends are encouraged to use the CTA's Red Line which has direct service to both major league parks. Prior to the games, CTA volunteers will be distributing a commemorative 2004 Crosstown Classic poster to fans who use the Red Line to get to the game.

CTA volunteers will begin to greet customers approximately 90 minutes before game time to hand out posters. When the Sox host, volunteers will be at the Red Line Sox-35th Street station June 25, 26 and 27. The following weekend, volunteers will be at the Red Line's Addison station on July 2 and 3 as the Cubs play host to the Sox.

Fans who take the CTA to U.S. Cellular Field can simply board the Red Line to Sox-35th station. The fare is $1.75 each way. From State Street station downtown to Sox-35th takes only about 10 to 12 minutes, and from 95th, the trip is approximately 18 minutes.

Red Line trains operate between Howard and 95th and free connections can be made from all 'L' lines serving downtown or from Brown Line trains at Belmont and Fullerton for fans traveling from the North Side.

U.S. Cellular Field is also served by #35 35th buses, which connect with accessible stations on both the Green and Orange lines. On weekdays through early evening, #24 Wentworth serves the park from Clark Street downtown, and from 79th via Vincennes, Wentworth and LaSalle. Another option is the #29 State bus, which operates on State Street between 95th/Dan Ryan and Navy Pier.

In addition to the Red Line, Wrigley Field is accessible from southbound Purple Line Express trains that stop at Addison on game days, and from three CTA bus routes. The #8 Halsted operates on Halsted from 79th Street to Broadway and Waveland. The #22 Clark runs north through the Loop on Dearborn and south on Clark from Howard and the #152 Addison runs east and west on Addison.

For fans who prefer to drive part of the way, #154 Wrigley Field Express buses provide direct service to Wrigley Field from parking lots at DeVry University on Rockwell just west of Western. Service begins three hours before each game and runs until one hour after night games end, and two hours after weekend and holiday games end. A $6 fee includes parking at DeVry and round-trip bus transit for a carload of fans.

This is the fifth year the CTA has commissioned artist Steve Musgrave to design a poster to celebrate the friendly crosstown competition between the south and north side baseball teams and its fans. This year, Musgrave's design captures the spirit of the game in Chicago from the pitcher's perspective. Since the CTA introduced the commemorative posters in 1999, they have become a one-of-a-kind collectible item acknowledging the fact that the Red Line connects Chicago's National and American League teams.

For additional CTA travel information, call 836-7000 (all local area codes apply), or visit the agency's web site at www.transitchicago.com.

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