CTA is the Sure Bet for Getting to Riot Fest, Concerts and Sports Games this Weekend; Temporary Weekend Closures at Belmont Blue, Five Green Line Stations

September 14, 2018

Free bus shuttle available for customers throughout weekend on Blue and Green Line

Weekend Closure of Five Green Line Stations (Sat. 9/15 - Mon. 9/17 & Sat. 9/22 - Mon. 9/24)
As work continues on the transformational Garfield Gateway Project, some south Green Line stations will see temporary closures.

Over the next two weekends, CTA will install the steel structure needed to support the new canopy over the tracks. In order to facilitate this work, all stations south of 51st Street – Garfield, Cottage Grove, King Drive, Halsted and Ashland/63rd – will be closed during the weekends of Sept. 15-17 and Sept. 22-24. The closures will occur between 2 a.m. Saturday and 4 a.m. Monday.

Green Line trains will operate to/from the 51st Street station. For service south of 51st Street, CTA will operate continuous, free bus shuttle service to the closed stations for the duration of each weekend so that customers can get to their destinations safely and conveniently.

For more information regarding these closures, click here.

Weekend Closure of Belmont Station (Fri. 9/14 to Mon. 9/17)
The Belmont Blue Line Station will be temporarily closed this weekend for planned construction.  Blue Line trains operating on the O’Hare branch will bypass the Belmont Station from 10 p.m. on Friday, September 14, until 4 a.m. Monday, September 17. 

During the Belmont Station closure, CTA will provide free bus shuttle service between Belmont and Logan Square stations for customers traveling to Belmont/Kimball. The bus shuttle stop will be located on the southeast corner at Belmont/Kimball.

This planned construction is part of CTA’s Your New Blue, a comprehensive improvement program that is upgrading and renovating a number of Blue Line stations, including Belmont. The Belmont Blue Gateway project will upgrade this station with a new architectural steel canopy, create a more modern bus arrival and departure area, establish a permanent prepaid boarding area and add enhanced communications systems and digital signage throughout the station.

For more information regarding this weekend’s closure of the Belmont Blue station, click here.

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

Event service/extra service
Riot Fest at Douglas Park
Fri. 9/14 to Sun. 9/16 (12 p.m. to 11 p.m.)

  • Rail: Longer trains on the Pink Line; more frequent Pink Line service during event break 
  • Bus: Additional service on the #12 Roosevelt, #49 Western and #52 Kedzie/California

United Center
Maroon 5 concert – Fri. 9/14 at 8 p.m.
Blackhawks Training Camp Fan Festival – Sat. 9/15 at 10 a.m.

  • Bus: Extra service on #19 United Center

Wrigley Field

  • Rail: Additional PM rush service on Red Line (Friday only) – Later service on Yellow Line (Friday and Saturday)
  • Bus: Additional service Friday and Saturday nights on #80 Irving Park and #152 Addison

Cincinnati Reds vs. Chicago Cubs

  • Fri. 9/14 at 1:20 p.m., Sat. 9/15 at 3:05 p.m. and Sun. 9/16 at 1:20 p.m.

Soldier Field
UIC vs. USF Bulls Football game – Sat. 9/15 at 12 noon 
Chicago Bears vs. Seattle Seahawks – Mon. 9/17 at 7:15 p.m.

  • Bus: Additional service on the #146 Inner Drive/Michigan Express

Northwestern vs. Akron Football at Ryan Field – Sat. 9/15 at 6:30 p.m.

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

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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