CTA to Offer Extra Service for Chicago Cubs World Series Championship Parade and Rally

November 3, 2016

Rail service is best option for Loop-bound commuters; multiple bus routes will be affected at various times beginning early morning through midday Friday

CTA strongly recommends purchasing fares ahead of time

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) will offer additional service in conjunction with the City of Chicago’s celebration of the 2016 World Series Champion Chicago Cubs parade and rally beginning Friday morning, November 4. Customers are strongly encouraged to allow extra travel time.

The official parade route will start at approximately 11 a.m., departing from Wrigley Field at 10 a.m., and travel along Michigan Avenue between Oak St. and Ohio St. and then along Columbus Dr. between Monroe St. and Balbo Ave. The parade will be followed immediately by a rally at approximately 12 p.m. at Lower Hutchinson Field in Grant Park.

Fans are encouraged to view the parade at the following locations:

  • Addison St. from Sheffield Ave. to Pine Grove Ave.
  • N. Michigan Ave. from Oak St. to Ohio St.
  • Columbus Dr. from Monroe St. to Balbo Ave.

Customers traveling into the Loop are advised to allow plenty of travel time due to street closures, traffic congestion and reroutes. CTA’s Red and Blue subway lines and Brown, Green, Pink and Orange elevated lines are the best option for fans heading downtown for both the parade and rally.

Extra service will be provided on rail lines following the morning rush period through midday. Additionally, Metra riders are encouraged to connect to CTA buses to the parade and rally.

Multiple CTA bus routes will be detoured in the downtown area as a result of street closures for the set-up, take-down and duration of the parade and rally.

NOTE: Bikes will not be allowed on CTA trains between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. Please fold Strollers and carts must be folded before boarding buses and trains.


The CTA strongly recommends that customers purchase fares in advance to decrease travel times and avoid long lines at rail station vending machines.

Customers can load ahead of time transit value or unlimited ride passes (1-day, 3-day, 7-day and 30-day) to their Ventra fare cards via the free Ventra app, at rail stations, online or at nearly 1,300 local retailers (for locations available or to download the app, visit ventrachicago.com). Other ways to pay fares include purchasing from CTA vending machines 1-day unlimited ride tickets ($10) or single-ride tickets ($3) that offer up to two transfers in two hours. Customers can also pay their fares with contactless bankcards and mobile wallets.


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.


For more information on taking CTA to the parade and rally visit: www.transitchicago.com/worldseries/.

See official info from the City of Chicago for information on the parade and rally, policies and restrictions, access to facilities and more: https://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/mayor/press_room/press_releases/2016/november/Cubs_Rally.html.

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