CTA Can Take You to the Delicious BBQ and Great Bands at Windy City Smoke Out

July 13, 2023

Service to/from concerts, fireworks, various sporting events and Windy City Smoke Out at United Center; Weekend work to temporarily impact Green Line service

Hop on CTA to ride to one of the city’s most anticipated summer events: the Windy City Smoke Out. Customers can save money by purchasing an unlimited rides pass, either the 1-Day ($5) – far more economical and convenient than the price of gas and parking - or the 3-Day ($15) pass – a real budget-saving move.

Service for Upcoming Events

Windy City Smoke Out

United Center Parking Lot – Thu. 7/13 and Fri. 7/14 at 2 p.m., Sat. 715 and Sun. 7/16 at 1 p.m.


  • Bus: The #20 Madison and the #50 Damen routes provide service to and from the event. There will also be #19 United Center Express service post event.

Some bus routes in the area will be rerouted during the event. Check out our website for more information: https://www.transitchicago.com/schedules/

Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island

Service on the #146 Inner Drive/Michigan Express route

  • Yellowcard – Sat. 7/16 at 6:30 p.m.

Soldier Field

Service on the #146 Inner Drive/Michigan Express route

  • 80’s Night: Toronto FC vs. Chicago Fire FC – Sat. 7/15 at 7:30 p.m.

Navy Pier Fireworks

Service on the #29 State, #66 Chicago and #124 Navy Pier routes.

  • Sat. 7/15 at 10 p.m.
  • Wed. 7/19 at 9 p.m. – Note: The #65 Grand route also available for this evening’s event.

United Center

Get to and from the following event via the #20 Madison and #50 Damen bus routes. Customers can also take the #19 United Center Express route post event:

  • Alicia Keys – Tue. 7/18 at 8 p.m.

Wrigley Field

  • Boston Red Sox vs. Chicago Cubs – Fri. 7/14 at 7:05 p.m., Sat. 7/15 and Sun. 7/16 at 1:20 p.m.
  • Washington Nationals vs. Chicago Cubs – Mon. 7/17, Tue. 7/18 and Wed. 7/19 at 7:05 p.m.


  • Red Line: The Addison station is located just a half block east of Wrigley Field.
  • Purple Line: During weeknight games, Loop-bound Purple Line Express trains will stop at Sheridan, where riders can either walk three blocks south on Sheridan/Sheffield to the ballpark or transfer to a 95th/Dan Ryan-bound Red Line train and exit at Addison.
  • Yellow Line: Take the Yellow Line and transfer at Howard to the Red Line; continue to Addison station. To accommodate fans returning home, the Yellow Line will run for an hour later from Howard – until midnight – for all night games at Wrigley Field.
  • #152 Addison:  The #152 route will provide additional service on Cubs game days, with more frequent service two hours before and one hour after all games.
  • #80 Irving Park: The #80 route will provide additional service before the games, timed to meet the inbound UP-NW Metra trains at Irving Park.
  • Adjacent bus routes: Several CTA bus routes serve the area, including:
  • #8 Halsted
  • #22 Clark
  • #36 Broadway
  • #151 Sheridan

Service to the Lakefront

Throughout the summer, the following bus routes will operate directly to the lakefront and its beaches: #35 31st/35th, #63 63rd *, #72 North and #78 Montrose.

*Note: Due to CDOT construction at the beach parking lot, the CTA service stop for customers heading to the 63rd Street Beach will be at a crosswalk on the south side of Hayes Drive and Lakeshore Drive.

Weekend Work to Temporarily Impact Green Line Service

  • On Sat. 7/15 from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m., rail service between the Loop and the 35th-Brozeville-IIT station will be temporarily suspended. More details regarding work on Saturday HERE.
  • The Green Line will operate in two sections, between Harlem/Lake and the outer Loop and between 35th-Brozeville-IIT and Ashland/63rd as well as 63rd/Cottage Grove.
  • There will be no Green Line service from the Loop toward Roosevelt and the South Side.
  • Customers can take a train to the Harold Washington Library-State/Van Buren station to transfer to free shuttle buses south to 35th-Bronzeville-IIT.
  • Shuttle buses will operate in both directions between Harold Washington Library-State/Van Buren and 35th-Brozeville-IIT, stopping near Roosevelt/Wabash and Cermak-McCormick Place.
  • Red Line trains can be used as an alternative by taking a 95th-bound train south to Sox-35th station and transfer free to the Green Line at the 35th-Bronzeville-IIT station (about a one block walk east between the two stations).
  • Service changes are due to track maintenance work occurring this weekend.

Know before you go!

The CTA strongly recommends customers allow extra travel time and plan ahead by downloading the Ventra app, which allows you to manage your Ventra account, and also features a new trip planning tool powered by Google Maps. 

Fare payment options: We offer a variety of convenient payment options—from smart devices to contactless credit cards. Learn more about payment options and ways you can maximize your dollars with our lower-priced unlimited-ride passes by visiting: transitchicago.com/fares/

Service updates: Stay in the loop on CTA service changes and alerts by subscribing to CTA Updates. For details about all CTA service, call 312-836-7000 or visit the CTA website at transitchicago.com.

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