CTA Offers a Taste of Summer Fun Two Months Early, with Expanded Lakefront Service!

March 25, 2022

Wipe away those winter blues with even more money-saving service options to “spring” into warmer weather and the beauty of Chicago’s lakefront, starting Sunday, March 27


In its latest effort to improve the customer experience and offer better access to the City’s most beautiful, popular, natural attractions of the season, the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) today announced it will offer expanded service to Chicago’s lakefront and beaches starting this Sunday, March 27, 2022—two months earlier than ever before.

Traditionally, service along the four bus routes serving the lakefront is extended to coincide with the opening of Chicago’s beaches on Memorial Day weekend. This year, however, service is beginning earlier to better accommodate those who wish to access and enjoy the lakefront parks, trails and scenery before the beaches are officially opened.

Weekend/Holiday Service to the Lakefront Begins 3/27

Beginning this Sunday (3/27), the following routes will begin offering service to the lakefront on weekends and holidays. Service will operate from approximately 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.:

Weekday Summer Beach Service Begins 6/20

Starting Monday, June 20, all four bus routes (#35, #63, #72 and #78) will begin providing weekday service as well to Chicago’s beaches and lakefront. In addition, this year, CTA has added lakefront service along the #35 31st/35th and #78 Montrose routes. Service will operate from approximately 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Customers are encouraged to make the most of their lakefront outing by taking advantage of CTA’s discounted, unlimited-ride passes:

  • 1-Day CTA pass: $5 (down from $10)
  • 3-Day CTA pass: $15 (down from $20)
  • 7-Day CTA pass: $20 (down from $28)
  • 7-Day CTA & Pace pass: $25 (down from $33)

CTA also continues to offer a variety of convenient fare payment options, including payment with mobile pay apps (Apple Pay, Google Pay, etc.) and contactless bankcards. To learn more, visit: transitchicago.com/fares/.

Know before you go!

The CTA strongly recommends customers allow extra travel time and plan ahead by using the Google Transit Trip Planner and purchasing fares in advance.

Masks are still required on CTA: Per federal mandate, masks or face coverings are required on all CTA properties -- even if you are vaccinated. Free masks are available on every bus and at every rail station.

More information about CTA’s efforts to provide the safest and healthiest transit experience can be found at transitchicago.com/ready.

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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