Visitors to the Taste of Chicago in Grant Park, Friday, June 30, through Sunday, July 9, will find CTA service the most effective way to travel. Longer trains will operate into the Loop until late every night, and extra buses will be available toward the close of each evening's activities.
On Monday evening, July 3 and Tuesday evening, July 4, more extensive service will be available for spectators going to Grant Park or Navy Pier for the fireworks displays. To avoid lines at fare card vending machines, all customers heading for the Taste and the fireworks are encouraged to make sure they have enough value for return trips on their Chicago Cards or to purchase ahead of time their return trip farecards at CTA rail stations and other sales locations listed on the CTA's web site.
EXTRA SERVICE FOR THE TASTE OF CHICAGO
Additional CTA personnel will be on duty at Loop rail stations to help customers and to provide travel information.
A mobile CTA sales facility will be set up on Jackson just east of Michigan to allow customers to purchase fare media. Visitor Pass vending machines accept credit cards, in addition to cash, and will offer 1, 2, and 3-Day Visitor Passes and 7-Day Passes. You must have cash to buy Transit Cards or add value to Transit or Chicago Cards.
Longer trains will operate on all six of these lines each evening until approximately 11 p.m. from downtown daily.
Purple Line (connections at Howard with Red Line trains serving downtown)
Longer Purple Line trains will run until midnight from Howard to Linden daily.
Yellow Line (connections at Howard with Red Line trains serving downtown)
Trains will operate later than usual on weekdays, with the last train leaving Howard at midnight.
Special service also will operate on Saturday, July 1, Sunday, July 2, Tuesday, July 4, Saturday, July 8 and Sunday, July 9 starting at 9 a.m. from Skokie and continuing until midnight from Howard. (See special July 3 service below.)
Park & Ride Facilities
Parking is available for approximately 6,800 cars at facilities adjacent to 18 CTA rail stations, mainly at terminals, throughout the CTA system. Rates are $3 at Rosemont and Forest Park and $2 at all other locations. Park & Ride locations are listed on CTA's system map and on the CTA web site, www.transitchicago.com. Customers also may obtain information on Park & Ride facilities by calling 836-7000 from any local area code.
As Taste activities wind down each evening, extra buses will await customers for trips out of the downtown area at the following locations:
#3 King Drive and #4 Cottage Grove buses can be boarded at regular stops southbound on Michigan starting at Washington.
#6 Jackson Park Express buses can be boarded at all regular stops southbound on State starting at Lake.
#20 Madison, #56 Milwaukee and #60 Blue Island/26th buses can be boarded at regular stops westbound on Madison starting at State.
#126 Jackson buses can be boarded at regular stops westbound on Adams starting at State.
#151 Sheridan buses can be boarded at regular stops northbound on State starting at Adams.
EXTRA SERVICE TO THE FIREWORKS IN GRANT PARK MONDAY, JULY 3
Rail Service (Bicycles are not allowed on trains July 3)
Longer trains and more frequent service between O'Hare and Forest Park.
* Note: Customers who travel into the Loop on a 54th/Cermak branch train must board a Pink Line train for their trip out of the downtown area after the fireworks.
Longer trains and more frequent service between 54th/Cermak and the Loop.
Longer trains and more frequent service between 95th and Howard.
Longer trains and more frequent service between Harlem, East 63rd and Ashland/63rd.
Longer trains, more frequent service and extended hours until 1:30 a.m. from the Loop to Kimball.
Longer trains and more frequent service between Midway and the Loop.
Yellow Line (connections at Howard with Red Line trains serving downtown)
More frequent service and extended hours until 2 a.m. from Howard.
Purple Line (connections at Howard with Red Line trains serving downtown
Longer trains, more frequent service and extended hours until 2 a.m. from Howard to Linden.
State Street will be closed between Congress and Kinzie, and Michigan will be closed between Roosevelt and Kinzie at approximately 6 p.m.
Northbound Lake Shore Drive will be closed at Roosevelt from 6 p.m. to midnight.
The following bus routes will be affected: #3 King Drive, #4 Cottage Grove, #6 Jackson Park Express, #12 Roosevelt, #14 Jeffery Express, #20 Madison, #29 State, #36 Broadway, #56 Milwaukee, #60 Blue Island/26th, #62 Archer, #66 Chicago, #124 Navy Pier, #126 Jackson, #146 Inner Drive/Michigan Express, #147 Outer Drive Express and #151 Sheridan.
The following rush period buses will be rerouted to adjacent streets: #1 Indiana/ Hyde Park, #2 Hyde Park Express, #X3 King Drive Express, #X4 Cottage Grove Express, #7 Harrison, #10 Museum of Science & Industry, #X20 Washington/ Madison Express, #26 South Shore Express, #X28 Stony Island Express, #127 Madison/Roosevelt Circulator, #143 Stockton/Michigan Express, #144 Marine/ Michigan Express, #145 Wilson/Michigan Express, #148 Clarendon/Michigan Express and #157 Streeterville.
South Side Bus Service
South Side buses that normally operate on State or Michigan in the downtown area will be rerouted southbound on Clark to Roosevelt: #1, #2, #3, #X3, #4, #X4, #6, #14, #26, #X28, #29 and #62.
Other southbound buses that normally operate in the downtown area also will be rerouted on Clark: #36, #127, #145, #146, #147 and #151.
The southbound #22 Clark and #24 Wentworth will continue to operate on Clark over the regular routes.
North Side Bus Service
North of the Loop, the following north side bus routes, #3, #10, #143, #144, #145, #146, #147, #148, #151 and #157, will be rerouted on Dearborn to Ohio where they will return to Michigan, then resume their regular routes. Southbound #3, #X3, #X4, #26, #145, #146, #147, #151 and #157 buses will operate on Ontario and Clark.
Other northbound buses that normally operate on State or Michigan in the downtown area will be rerouted on Dearborn: #1, #2, #4, #6, #29, #127 and #157.
The northbound #22 Clark, #24 Wentworth, #36 Broadway and #62 Archer will continue to operate on Dearborn over their regular route.
#124 Navy Pier buses will be rerouted in both directions to LaSalle between Madison and Grand. Due to the Michigan Avenue closure, #124 buses will not serve the Millennium Park Metra station (formerly Randolph Street). Instead,customers traveling from the station to Navy Pier can board #29 buses at Dearborn and Lake. From Navy Pier, customers can take the #29 to Clark and Randolph.
Eastbound #65 Grand buses will have extended service hours on July 3 until 8:15 p.m. from Grand and Nordica to Navy Pier.
West Side Bus Service
Eastbound #20 Madison, #56 Milwaukee and #60 Blue Island/26th buses will operate on Washington to LaSalle only. Westbound buses operate on Madison from Wells. Eastbound #7 and #126 buses will operate on Jackson to Franklin only, and westbound on Adams from Wacker.
Bus service to the Museum Campus will end at 6 p.m. for the #12 Roosevelt and #146 Inner Drive/Michigan Express routes. After 6 p.m., #12 buses will operate only as far east as Roosevelt. Southbound #146 buses will operate to Polk and Dearborn.
From Navy Pier
Extra buses will be provided on the four routes that regularly serve Navy Pier: #29 State, #65 Grand, #66 Chicago and #124 Navy Pier. Additionally, service will operate until 1 a.m. on the #29 and #66 routes from Navy Pier.
EXTRA SERVICE AFTER THE FIREWORKS, MONDAY, JULY 3
Extra service will be provided after the fireworks. In many cases, boarding locations will be different than regular weekday service.
Southbound Bus Service
Board #3 King Drive and #4 Cottage Grove buses on Clark at Van Buren.
Board #6 Jackson Park Express and #14 Jeffery Express buses on Clark at Jackson.
Customers at Navy Pier can board #29 State buses back into the Loop immediately in front of the west entrance to Navy Pier. #29 buses will return to the Loop via Grand to Clark. Customers already in the Loop may board #29 buses at Clark and Adams.
#29 buses also will provide connections with the LaSalle Street Metra station (one block west from Clark and Van Buren) and the Millennium Park Metra station (four blocks east from Clark and Randolph).
Board #62 Archer buses on Clark at Adams.
Northbound Bus Service
Board #22 Clark and #36 Broadway buses on Dearborn at Jackson and at all other regular stops on Dearborn.
Board #146 Inner Drive/Michigan Express, #147 Outer Drive Express and #151 Sheridan buses on Dearborn at Jackson.
These routes will serve all stops on Dearborn from Jackson to Grand, before operating east on Ohio to Michigan where they will resume their regular routes making all regular stops on Michigan starting at Ontario.
Westbound Bus Service
Board #20 Madison buses on Madison at State.
Board #56 Milwaukee buses on Madison at Clark.
Board #60 Blue Island/26th buses on Madison at Wells.
Board #126 Jackson buses on Adams at Clark.
From Navy Pier
#124 Navy Pier buses will operate from Navy Pier to Union Station and the Ogilvie Transportation Center. The last buses will leave Navy Pier at midnight. Customers can board on Grand, west of Streeter, one block west of the Navy Pier bus terminal.
Due to the closure of Michigan, #124 buses will not serve the Millennium Park (formerly Randolph Street) Metra station. Navy Pier customers traveling to the Millennium Park station may take the #29 and exit the bus at Clark and Randolph. Metra customers are advised to check the schedule of the last Metra train to allow enough time for connections.
#29 State and #66 Chicago buses will operate until 1 a.m. from Navy Pier.
#65 buses will leave Navy Pier to Grand and Nordica after the fireworks until 1 a.m.
After the fireworks, customers can board the #12 at Roosevelt and State and the #146 at Dearborn and Polk.
EXTRA SERVICE TO NAVY PIER FIREWORKS JULY 4
Note: On Tuesday, July 4, CTA bus and rail service will operate on a Sunday/holiday schedule.
On Tuesday, July 4, additional bus service will be provided on the following routes: #3 King Drive, #4 Cottage Grove, #6 Jackson Park Express, #12 Roosevelt, #20 Madison, #22 Clark, #56 Milwaukee, #60 Blue Island/26th, #62 Archer, #126 Jackson and #151 Sheridan.
On Tuesday, CTA also will operate additional bus service on the four routes that serve Navy Pier for spectators attending the fireworks display: #29 State, #65 Grand, #66 Chicago and #124 Navy Pier.
Later service on the #65 will operate eastbound to Navy Pier from Grand and Nordica until 8:15 p.m. From Navy Pier, service will operate westbound until 11 p.m.
More service and longer trains will operate on all CTA rail lines.
Special Yellow Line service with connections at Howard to Red Line trains serving downtown will operate starting at 9 a.m. from Skokie and continuing until 12 a.m. from Howard.
For details about all CTA service call 836-7000 (all local area codes) or visit the CTA web site at www.transitchicago.com to use the travel planner feature.# # #