CTA is the Best and Most Affordable Way to and from the Airport, Shopping, Events and More this Holiday Weekend

November 23, 2022

CTA to operate Sunday/holiday schedule on Thanksgiving (11/24); Extra service to sports games at United Center and Ryan Field in Evanston

Travel with CTA to all your holiday destinations this week. CTA recommends allowing plenty of travel time and purchasing fares and ride passes ahead of time. Customers can save money by purchasing one of our unlimited rides passes, either the CTA’s 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.

REMINDER: Holiday service

Leave the stress of traffic and parking behind this Thanksgiving and let CTA take you to either the O’Hare International Airport via the Blue Line or to Midway International Airport via the Orange Line.

  • Wednesday, Nov. 23 – Normal bus and rail schedule
  • Thursday, Nov. 24 (Thanksgiving Day) - Sunday/holiday bus and rail schedule 
  • Friday, Nov. 25 – Normal bus and rail schedule                                                                                         

Full travel details are available at transitchicago.com/alerts.

Service for Upcoming Events

Thanksgiving Day Parade

State Street between Randolph and Ida B. Wells – Thu. 11/24 8 a.m. – 11 a.m.


  • Rail: All rail lines will get you access to the parade area and exit in the loop.
  • Bus: Some bus routes in the area may be rerouted. Check transitchicago.com/alerts for more information.

United Center

Extra service on the #20 Madison before each event, and extra service on the #19 United Center Express and the #50 Damen routes after each event

  • Montreal Canadiens vs. Chicago Blackhawks – Fri. 11/25 at 1 p.m.
  • Winnipeg Jets vs. Chicago Blackhawks – Sun. 11/27 at 6 p.m.
  • Edmonton Oilers vs. Chicago Blackhawks – Wed. 11/30 at 8:30 p.m.

Ryan Field in Evanston

Purple Line: Increased frequency

  • Illinois Fighting Illini vs. Northwestern Wildcats – Sat. 11/26 at 2:30 p.m.

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. 

Masks are no longer required on CTA: While the city continues to see low levels of transmission of COVID-19, customers and employees who wish to continue wearing masks are encouraged to do so. We ask all customers to be courteous and respectful to fellow riders.

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 and follow us 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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