The Chicago Transit Authority will extend weekend and holiday service to beaches on three bus routes beginning Saturday, May 7 running through Labor Day, Monday, September 5.*
Buses on the #63 63rd route will operate to the 63rd Street Beach at Hayes and Lake Shore Drives. Beach hours are from 9 a.m. until 9:30 p.m. During the hours the beach is closed, #63 buses will only travel as far as 63rd/Stony Island.
On the #72 North route, buses will serve the North Avenue Beach at LaSalle Drive from 9 a.m. until 9:30 p.m. During the hours the beach is closed, #72 buses will only travel as far as North/Clark.
The #78 Montrose route provides service to the Montrose Avenue Beach weekends only. During weekdays and hours the beach is closed on weekends, #78 buses will terminate at Montrose/Marine.
Weekday beach service will be added on the #63 and #72 routes Monday, June 20 and will operate through late August provided additional funding is secured.
Several other CTA bus routes offer convenient service within walking distance to many Chicago beaches:
Montrose Avenue Beach is within walking distance of the #81 Lawrence route that terminates at Wilson/Marine.
Oak Street, North Avenue and most other North Side beaches can be reached from buses that operate near the lakefront, such as the #145 Wilson/Michigan Express, #146 Inner Drive/Michigan Express or #151 Sheridan routes.
Foster Avenue Beach can be reached from #92 Foster buses.
Hollywood Beach can be reached from #84 Peterson buses.
Loyola Beach can be reached from #147 Outer Drive Express or #155 Devon buses.
57th Street Beach is near CTA's terminal for #55 Garfield buses at the Museum of Science and Industry.
31st Street Beach can be reached from #35 35th buses.
12th Street Beach, adjacent to the Adler Planetarium, can be reached from #12 Roosevelt buses.
Ohio Street Beach and Navy Pier can be reached from #29 State, #65 Grand, #66 Chicago and #124 Navy Pier buses.
Oak Street Beach also is within walking distance of #66 buses.
*Without additional funding, CTA will have to implement service reductions and eliminations beginning July 17. Service reductions will be implemented on all of these routes.
For details about all CTA service, call 836-7000 (all local area codes) or visit the web site at www.transitchicago.com.
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