CTA Provides Service to Beaches All Summer Long

May 27, 2011
Three downtown routes also begin summer service schedules this weekend
Beginning Saturday, May 28 through Labor Day, the Chicago Transit Authority will provide weekend and holiday service to area beaches on the #63 63rd, #72 North and the #78 Montrose bus routes. In addition, summer service schedules go into effect this weekend along the #10 Museum of Science & Industry, #124 Navy Pier and #130 Museum Campus routes.

Beach Service

During the summer, the extended service only will be available during the hours beaches are open. Buses will travel to their regular terminals when the beaches are closed. Hours of operation for Chicago beaches vary.
#63 63rd
Buses will operate to the 63rd Street Beach at Hayes and Lake Shore Drive on weekends between 9 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. Weekday beach service will be added beginning Monday, June 20. The regular terminal is 63rd Street and Stony Island. 
#72 North
Beach service to North Avenue Beach via East LaSalle Drive will be provided on weekends from 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Weekday beach service will begin on Monday, June 20. Customers can board the #72 beach shuttle at North and Clark.
#78 Montrose
Buses will provide service to the Montrose Avenue Beach only on weekends from 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. The regular terminal is Montrose and Marine.
A number of CTA bus routes provide service within walking distance to many local Chicago beaches. Montrose Avenue Beach is within walking distance of the #81 Lawrence route that terminates at Wilson and Marine and the #146 Inner Drive/Michigan Express.
Oak Street, North Avenue and most other North Side beaches can be reached from buses that operate near the lakefront, such as the #76 Diversey, #145 Wilson/Michigan Express, #146 Inner Drive/Michigan Express, #147 Outer Drive Express and #151 Sheridan. Oak Street beach also is within walking distance of #157 Streeterville/Taylor buses (weekdays only), the #66 Chicago and #3 King Drive routes.
Foster Avenue Beach can be reached via the #92 Foster, #146 Inner Drive/Michigan Express, #147 Outer Drive Express and #151 Sheridan buses.
Hollywood Beach can be reached via the #84 Peterson, #147 Outer Drive Express and #151 Sheridan buses.
Loyola Beach can be reached via the #96 Lunt (weekdays only), #147 Outer Drive Express and #155 Devon buses.
57th Street Beach is near CTA’s terminal for #10 Museum of Science & Industry and #55 Garfield buses at the Museum of Science & Industry. The 57th Street Beach also can be reached from #6 Jackson Park Express buses.
31st Street Beach can be reached from #35 35th buses.
12th Street Beach, adjacent to the Adler Planetarium, can be reached from #130 Museum Campus and the #146 Inner Drive/Michigan Express buses.
Rainbow Beach can be reached by the #6 Jackson Park Express and the #71 71st/South Shore, #75 74th/75th and #79 79th routes.
Calumet Park Beach can be reached by the #30 South Chicago route.
Ohio Street Beach and Navy Pier can be reached from #29 State, #65 Grand, #66 Chicago and #124 Navy Pier buses.

Other Summer Bus Services

Also beginning this weekend and continuing through Labor Day, the CTA will begin operating on a summer service schedule along the following three routes:
  • #10 Museum of Science & Industry: to accommodate expanded museum hours, #10 buses will operate approximately every 20 minutes on weekdays and weekends beginning Saturday, May 28.
  • #124 Navy Pier: beginning Friday, May 27, service hours will be extended until midnight.
  • #130 Museum Campus: effective Saturday, May 28, service along the #130 Museum Campus route will begin operating. Buses will travel in both directions between the Ogilvie Transportation Center and Union Station to the Museum Campus on weekdays, weekends and holidays from 9:30 a.m. until 6 p.m.
For details about all CTA service, call 312-836-7000.
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