CTA Provides Service to McCormick Place for 2009 Chicago Auto Show

February 3, 2009

Chicago Transit Authority bus routes are a convenient travel option for those heading to the 2009 Chicago Auto Show at McCormick Place North and South beginning Friday, February 13 through Sunday, February 22. Bus service is available during all hours the show is open. 

CTA’s #3 King Drive and #21 Cermak bus routes provide direct service to McCormick Place. #3 buses serve McCormick Place from North Michigan Avenue and the South Side every seven to 15 minutes. #21 buses serve the West Side, operating to McCormick Place from North Riverside Park Mall approximately every 10 to 15 minutes and 20 minutes later on weekday evenings and Sunday evenings. #21 buses also serve the South Side from Mercy Hospital operating approximately every 15 minutes. Red Line customers can transfer to #21 buses at the Cermak-Chinatown station.

In addition, the #129 West Loop/South Loop operates between the Ogilvie Transportation Center and McCormick place during weekday evening rush hours.

CTA also will operate two special Auto Show bus routes.  One will provide convenient connections with CTA’s rail lines downtown and Metra lines at Ogilvie Transportation Center, Union Station and LaSalle Street station. Service will operate approximately every 15 minutes on weekdays and approximately every 12 minutes on weekends between 9 a.m. and 11 p.m. each day, and until 9 p.m. on Sunday, February 22. 

On weekends only, a shuttle service will operate from the Halsted station on the Orange Line approximately every 15 minutes beginning one half hour before the Auto Show opens to one hour after the event closes.

Special Auto Show Service
Special Auto Show buses start their trips from Ogilvie Transportation Center on Clinton at Madison, making stops south on Clinton and east on Jackson to Wabash. A stop is also made on Columbus at 11th to serve the Museum Campus.

From Columbus and 11th, the buses run express to McCormick Place. Customers can connect to buses on Jackson from the Blue Line at Dearborn, the Red Line at State, and from Brown, Green, Orange and Pink Line trains serving the Adams/Wabash station (one block north of Jackson).

CTA Fares
For bus customers who use CTA fare media, fares are $2 and transfers are an additional 25 cents. For rail customers the fare is $2.25 and transfers are an additional 25 cents. The fare for bus customers paying cash is $2.25. Transfers are not available for customers paying fares in cash. 

For further information about CTA service, call 836-7000 (all local area codes) or visit the CTA web site at www.transitchicago.com.  

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