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

November 21, 2018

CTA to operate Sunday/holiday schedule on Thanksgiving (11/22); Provide extra service for WGCI Big Jam and various sporting events

CTA recommends allowing plenty of travel time and purchasing fares and unlimited-ride passes ahead of time. More information about purchasing fares is below.

REMINDER: Holiday service
Leave the hassles of traffic and parking behind this Thanksgiving and let CTA take you to either the O’Hare International Airport via the Blue Line (approx. 40 minutes from Clark/Lake) or to Midway International Airport via the Orange Line (approx. 30 minutes from the Loop).

  • Wednesday, Nov. 21 – additional service on Brown, Green, Red, Blue and Orange lines
  • Thursday, Nov. 22 (Thanksgiving Day) - Sunday/holiday bus and rail schedule 
  • Friday, Nov. 23 – modified weekday bus and rail service

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

Event service/extra service
Illinois vs. Northwestern Football at Ryan Field – Sat.11/24 at 2:30 p.m.

  • Rail: Longer trains and more frequent service on the Purple Line

United Center
Miami Heat vs. Chicago Bulls – Fri. 11/23 at 7 p.m.
107.5 WGCI Big Jam – Sat. 11/24 at 7:30 p.m.
San Antonio Spurs vs. Chicago Bulls – Mon. 11/26 at 7 p.m.
Vegas Golden Knights vs. Chicago Blackhawks – Tues. 11/27 at 7 p.m.

  • Bus: Extra service on #19 United Center Express and #50 Damen

Buy your unlimited ride passes and fares in advance
Avoid long lines to buy fares! Customers can add  unlimited ride passes (1-day, 3-day, 7-day and 30-day) or add money to pay per-ride to their Ventra cards ahead of time via the free Ventra app, at rail station Ventra vending machines, online or at more than 1,000 local retailers (for locations visit ventrachicago.com or the Ventra app).

Customers can also purchase 1-day unlimited ride tickets ($10) or single-ride tickets ($3) from all Ventra vending machines. Single-ride tickets include up to two transfers in two hours. Customers can also pay their fares with their personal contactless debit or credit cards.

Stay in the Loop on CTA Service
Plan your trip using the Google Transit Trip Planner. Be sure to also check out CTA 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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