CTA Takes College Football Fans to Wrigley Field for the Game between the Northwestern and Illinois

November 18, 2010
CTA provides an affordable and convenient travel option for fans heading to Wrigley Field on Saturday, November 20 for the Northwestern Allstate Wrigley Field Classic featuring the Wildcats versus the Fighting Illini. Kickoff is at 2:30 p.m.
The Red Line provides direct service to Wrigley Field via the accessible station at Addison, which is just a short walk away from the ballpark.  
Riders heading to Wrigley Field from downtown can board Red Line trains from stations in the State Street subway. 
Riders heading to Wrigley Field from Northwestern can board Purple Line trains from the Foster or Davis stations both located near the campus and travel south to the Howard station. Riders should then transfer to a southbound Red Line train at Howard and exit at Addison station located just one block from Wrigley Field.
Fans can also connect to Red Line trains at Howard from Yellow Line trains serving the northern suburbs.  Fans can also take advantage of convenient Park & Ride lots at the Howard Red Line station, Linden Purple Line station or Skokie Yellow Line station.
Fans also can transfer to Red Line trains from all other rail lines and from most east-west bus routes.
Longer trains will begin operating on the Purple Line before the game at approximately 11 a.m. and will continue after the game. More frequent service also will be provided both on the Purple and Red lines following the game.
CTA will operate its #154 Wrigley Field Express route for the game for fans who wish to combine driving and public transit to travel to the football game.  #154 buses provide direct service to Wrigley Field from parking lots at DeVry University on Rockwell, a quarter-mile west of Western and a quarter-mile south of Addison.  
Service begins two hours before the game and runs until approximately two hours after the game ends. A $6 fee includes parking at DeVry and round-trip bus transit for a carload of fans. In addition, customers who do not park at DeVry but wish to ride to Wrigley Field will be able to board the bus and travel to the ballpark by paying for a round trip regular CTA bus fare.
Several other bus routes also serve the ballpark:
  • #8 Halsted buses operate north on Halsted from 79th Street to Broadway/Waveland;
  • #22 Clark buses operate north through the Loop on Dearborn and south on Clark from Howard;
  • #80 Irving Park buses operate east and west on Irving Park Road between Irving/Harlem and Irving/Broadway;
  • #152 Addison buses operate on Addison from Cumberland on the west to Lake Shore Drive on the east.  Additional service will be provided on the #152 Addison starting two hours before kickoff and operating until approximately two hours after the game ends; and
Bus customers who use CTA fare media pay $2.00 to ride ($4.00 for round trip on #154).  For rail customers or customers who pay cash on the bus, the fare is $2.25 ($4.50 for round trip on #154).  Customers who use CTA fare media may transfer for a 25 cent fee.  Transfers are not available for customers paying fares in cash.
For details about all CTA service, call 312-836-7000 or visit the CTA website at www.transitchicago.com.
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