CTA Service Guide for the 2013 Pride Parade

June 24, 2013

Parade route accessible from six CTA rail stations; Weekend track work will affect travel on the Loop ‘L’

The Chicago Transit Authority offers convenient service for those attending the 2013 Chicago Pride Parade on Sunday, June 30. The parade will follow the same routing as last year – starting at Montrose/Broadway and winding its way south via Broadway, Halsted, Belmont, Broadway, Diversey and ending at Diversey/Sheridan – which provides spectators with easy access to the festivities from six CTA rail stations.  In addition, during the parade, reroutes will be in effect along eight bus routes.Pride Parade Routing Map

Scheduled weekend work on part of the Loop elevated tracks will limit access to some downtown stations; though customers will still be able to board Brown and Red line trains downtown and travel to the parade (see info below).

To avoid crowded areas like Belmont, attendees are advised to consider viewing the parade from areas like Broadway, south of Montrose—a short walk from the Wilson and Sheridan stations on the Red Line. The Wellington or Diversey stations on the Brown Line also offer convenient access to view the parade. For more information, tips and a map and information, visit: transitchicago.com/prideparade.

Beginning at 10 a.m. Sunday, parade participants will begin assembling on Montrose Avenue between Clark and Broadway, Broadway between Montrose and Wilson and Sheridan Road between Montrose and Sunnyside. The parade will step-off at noon from Montrose/Broadway.

Rail Service

Additional rail service will be provided to accommodate the anticipated increase in customers traveling by train. Following the parade, customers are also encouraged to consider making their return trips from stations other than Belmont.

  • Brown Line: longer trains will operate from 8 a.m. until 9 p.m. Trains will operate every 8-10 minutes from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

  • Red Line: From 8 a.m. until 7 p.m., trains will operate approximately every 5 minutes.

  • Orange Line: longer trains will operate from 9 a.m. until 8 a.m. until 9 p.m. Trains will operate every 8-10 minutes from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Weekend Work Affecting Loop Elevated Service

During the weekend of the parade, from 10 p.m. Friday, June 28 until 4 a.m. Monday, July 1, the Loop elevated tracks along Wells and Van Buren will be closed due to crews performing track renewal work at the Tower 18 junction. As a result of these track closures, all elevated trains will be routed to operate on the Lake and Wabash sides of the Loop structure:

  • Brown and Orange line trains will operate as one route between Kimball and Midway in both directions along the Lake and Wabash elevated tracks in the Loop.

  • Pink Line trains will operate between 54th/Cermak and Roosevelt.

  • Green Line trains will not be affected and will operate normally in both directions.

From Union Station, Ogilvie Transportation Center or the Metra LaSalle Street Station, parade attendees can take CTA Brown Line trains to the festivities by boarding at any of the Lake and Wabash elevated stations – Adams/Wabash, Madison/Wabash, Randolph/Wabash, State/Lake or Clark/Lake. Customers can also travel to the parade by taking the Red Line via the State Street Subway.

Bus Service

From 11 a.m. until approximately 6:30 p.m., the following eight bus routes will be detoured as a result of several street closures: #8 Halsted, #22 Clark, #36 Broadway, #76 Diversey, #77 Belmont, #78 Montrose, #80 Irving Park, and #152 Addison.

#8 Halsted

There will be no service on Halsted north of Fullerton. Northbound #8 Halsted buses will travel to Fullerton/Halsted before turning to begin southbound service. From Fullerton/Halsted, southbound #8 buses will operate via Fullerton, Sheffield and Webster then resume their normal route on Halsted.    

#76 Diversey

There will be no service on Diversey east of Sheffield. Eastbound #76 Diversey buses will operate via Diversey, Racine, Wellington, Sheffield to Sheffield/Diversey before turning to begin westbound service. From Sheffield/Diversey, westbound #76 buses will continue west on Diversey over the regular route. 

#77 Belmont

There will be no service on Belmont east of Sheffield. Eastbound #77 Belmont buses will travel via Belmont, Racine, Wellington, Sheffield to Sheffield/Belmont before turning to begin westbound service. From Sheffield/Belmont, westbound #77 buses will operate west on Belmont over the regular route.

#78 Montrose

Eastbound #78 Montrose buses will operate via Wilson, Marine, Lawrence to Lawrence/Marine before beginning westbound service. From Lawrence/Marine, westbound #78 buses will travel via Lawrence, Broadway to Wilson and then resume the regular route.

#80 Irving Park

There will be no service on Irving Park east of Clark. Eastbound #80 Irving Park buses will travel via Irving Park, Clark to Clark/Bell Plaine before turning to begin westbound service. From Clark/Belle Plaine, westbound #80 buses will operate via Clark, Southport to Irving Park and then resume the regular route along Southport.

#152 Addison 

There will be no service on Addison east of Clark. Eastbound #152 Addison buses will operate via Addison, Clark to Clark/Belle Plaine before turning to begin westbound service. From Clark/Belle Plaine, westbound #152 buses will travel via Clark, Southport, Irving Park, Clark to  Addison and then resume the regular route.

Fare Information

CTA recommends customers attending the parade purchase their farecards or Visitor Passes in advance with enough value for their return trips later in the day. This will help to decrease travel time and reduce lines.

Vending machines are available at every 'L' station, and many have Express Vending Machines that accept credit cards. Customers can also buy pre-loaded cards and passes at hundreds of retail locations throughout the city.

Bus customers who use CTA fare media pay $2 to ride. For rail customers or customers who pay cash on the bus, the fare is $2.25. Customers who use CTA fare media may transfer for a 25 cent fee. Transfers are not available for customers paying fares in cash.

Stay in the Loop on CTA service

Plan your trip using the Google Transit Trip Planner. Be sure to also check out CTA on Facebook or Twitter (@CTA) for system travel updates and alerts. For details about all CTA service, call 312-836-7000 or visit the CTA website at transitchicago.com.

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