Fans heading to Wrigley Field for Cubs playoff games will find CTA a convenient and affordable travel alternative to driving. The Chicago Cubs will host the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 1 of the National League Division Series on Wednesday, October 1 at 5:30 p.m. and Game 2 on Thursday, October 2 at 8:30 p.m.
More frequent service will operate on CTA's Red Line which provides direct service to Wrigley Field via the accessible station at Addison. Fans can transfer to Red Line trains from all other rail lines and from most east-west bus routes.
Customers heading to Wrigley Field from Purple Line or Yellow Line trains can board Red Line trains at Howard. Southbound Purple Line Express trains will stop at the nearby Sheridan station.
On Wednesday, Yellow Line trains to Howard will operate until midnight and Thursday trains will operate until 1:30 a.m. Yellow Line customers can take advantage of convenient Park & Ride lots at Howard and Linden on the Purple Line and at Skokie station on the Yellow Line. Parking fees at these lots are $2.
Customers traveling or connecting through the Loop should remember that the CTA is performing slow zone prevention work this week on the Loop elevated tracks.
The work necessitates the reroute of Brown and northbound Green Line trains as they enter and exit the Loop and will occur on Tuesday and Wednesday nights from 10 p.m. until 4 a.m. the following morning.
Brown Line trains will be rerouted from the outer track to the inner Loop track, and travel clockwise. Entering the Loop, Brown Line trains will make their first stop at Clark/Lake, then State/Lake, Randolph/Wabash, Madison/Wabash, Adams/Wabash, Library, LaSalle/Van Buren, Quincy/Wells and Washington/Wells, then proceed to the Merchandise Mart and resume the normal route.
Northbound Green Line trains will be rerouted from the outer tracks along Wabash and Lake to the inner Loop tracks along Van Buren and Wells. Northbound Green Line trains will make their first stop at Library, then LaSalle/Van Buren, Quincy/Wells and Washington/Wells, then proceed to Clinton and resume the regular route. Southbound Green Line trains and Orange and Pink Line trains will operate normally on the inner track along Lake and Wabash streets.
In addition to rail service, several CTA bus routes also provide convenient service directly to Wrigley Field:
- #8 Halsted buses operate north on Halsted from 79th Street to Broadway/Waveland;
- #22 Clark buses operate north through the Loop on Dearborn and south on Clark from Howard;
- #152 Addison buses operate on Addison from Cumberland on the west to Lake Shore Drive on the east. For all games, more frequent service will be provided on the #152 Addison route as crowds warrant, starting two hours before game time and operating until one hour after games end;
- #154 Wrigley Field Express buses will operate for fans who wish to combine driving and public transit to travel to the games. #154 buses provide direct service to Wrigley Field from parking lots at DeVry University on Rockwell, a quarter-mile west of Western and a quarter-mile south of Addison. Bus customers will board and exit at Racine and Waveland rather than on Clark. Service begins three hours before each game and runs until two hours after games end. A $6 fee includes parking at DeVry and round-trip bus transit for a carload of fans.
In the event Clark and Addison are closed following the game due to crowd conditions, the #22 Clark and #152 Addison and #154 Wrigley Field Express buses will undergo temporary reroutes.
Southbound #22 Clark buses will operate via Clark, Irving Park, Broadway, Halsted then return to Clark and resume the regular route. Northbound buses will travel the reverse route.
Eastbound #152 Addison buses will operate via Addison, Southport, Irving Park, Broadway, Halsted then return to Addison and resume the regular route. Westbound buses will travel the reverse route. Customers will board Addison buses at Addison west of Racine if Addison is closed at Clark.
#154 Wrigley Field Express buses will operate via Addison, Racine, Waveland, Racine, Clark then return to Irving Park and resume the regular route.
For details about all CTA service, call 836-7000 (all local area codes) or visit the CTA web site at www.transitchicago.com.
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