November 20, 2001

Frequent CTA service to both Chicago airports will help make travel a breeze over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

Air travelers can ride a Blue Line train to O'Hare Airport in about 45 minutes from stations in the Dearborn subway downtown, where free connections can be made from all other 'L' lines serving the Loop.

Free connections can also be made downtown to Orange Line trains, which serve Midway Airport in about 30 minutes from all nine stations on the inner Loop ?L."

Service to and from both airports operates every 10 minutes or less at most times.

Visitors should consider purchasing visitor passes that are valid for unlimited riding on all CTA buses and trains, beginning with the first use. The 1-Day Pass is $5; 2-Day, $9; 3-Day, $12, and a 5-Day Pass is $18. The passes are sold at both O'Hare and Midway 'L' stations, Union Station's Amtrak ticket counter, Visitor Information Centers, and at several museums and other locations.

To avoid highway congestion, car drivers picking up or discharging air travelers using O'Hare, or who go downtown to shop, might wish to park adjacent to CTA Blue Line stations near O'Hare and complete their trips by train. More than 1,600 spaces are available at the garage at Cumberland (8400 West) along the Kennedy Expressway, where cars can be parked for up to 12 hours for just $1.75. Limited parking is also available at 15 other 'L' stations throughout the CTA service area.

For information about all CTA service, call 836-7000 (all local area codes).

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