CTA to Provide Additional Rail and Bus Service for 2017 Chicago Pride Parade

June 21, 2017

Extra service also provided for weekend events; Separately, intermittent and early morning lane closures of Dan Ryan Expressway for 95th Street Terminal work beginning Saturday

NOTE: In anticipation of heavier-than-normal crowds on Sunday, June 25, the CTA will require all strollers and carts be folded prior to boarding buses and trains. Bicycles will not be allowed on 'L' trains. Bicycles will, however, be allowed on all buses, at all times using the racks on the front of the bus.

The CTA is the convenient and affordable travel option to attend events throughout Chicago this weekend. To accommodate increased ridership, CTA is providing additional rail and bus service for those attending the 2017 Pride Parade on Sunday, as well as the Country LakeShake at Northerly Island and the 2017 NHL Draft at United Center. Separately, construction work associated with the 95th Street Red Line Terminal will require intermittent lane closures of the Dan Ryan during the early morning hours beginning Saturday through Wednesday.

CTA encourages customers to plan ahead and allow extra travel time. We also strongly recommend that customers attending upcoming events 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 farecards via the free Ventra app, at rail stations, online or at nearly 1,300 local retailers (for locations available or to download the free app, visit: ventrachicago.com). Other ways to pay fares including purchase from CTA vending machines 1-day unlimited ride tickets ($10) or single-ride tickets ($3) that include up to two transfers in two hours. Customers can also pay their fares with their personal contactless debit or credit cards.

2017 Chicago Pride Parade – Sunday, June 25
The 2017 Chicago Pride Parade will step off at noon from Montrose/Broadway and wind its way south via Broadway, Halsted, Belmont, Broadway, Diversey and disband on the west half of Cannon Drive to Fullerton Parkway. In addition, during the parade, reroutes along nine bus routes and several road closures will be in effect.

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 Diversey and Wellington 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.

Additional rail service on the Red, Blue, Brown and Orange lines will be provided. Following the parade, customers are encouraged to consider making their return trips from stations other than Belmont.

  • Red Line: From 9 a.m. until 7 p.m., trains will operate with increased frequency.
  • Brown Line: Longer trains will operate from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. Service will also be provided more frequently from approximately 9 a.m. until 6 p.m.
  • Blue Line: Longer trains will operate from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Orange Line: Longer trains will operate from 5 a.m. until 6 p.m.

More frequent service will be provided on the #74 Fullerton between 10:15 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. The #77 Belmont and #78 Montrose routes will also provide more frequent service from approximately 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.

Separately, several buses in the area will be rerouted due to street closures associated with the parade including:

#8 Halsted                        
#22 Clark                                       
#36 Broadway                 
#76 Diversey
#77 Belmont                  
#78 Montrose                        &nb​sp;         
#80 Irving Park               

#151 Sheridan
#152 Addison

Customers are advised to plan ahead and check individual bus route schedules. Visit transitchicago.com/alerts for more information.

Country LakeShake – Friday, June 23 to Sunday, June 25
CTA will provide additional bus service for concertgoers heading to Country LakeShake at Northerly Island:

  • #146 Inner Drive/Michigan Express: 3 p.m. until the beginning of the concert and then for approximately one hour after the concert concludes.
  • #130 Museum Campus: Additional buses will operate from 4 p.m. until the beginning of the concert and then for approximately one hour after the concert concludes.

2017 NHL Draft - Friday, June 23 and Saturday, June 24
Fans attending the 2017 NHL Draft at the United Center can get there via the dedicated #19 United Center Express bus route, or connect with the #50 Damen bus route from four rail lines:

  • #19 United Center Express: Service will begin approximately one and a half hours before events until one hour after events end.  Buses will await customers on the north side of the United Center at Warren and Wood.
  • #50 Damen: The #50 route is a good option for customers accessing the United Center from the north or south and provides connections with Orange, Pink, Blue and Brown lines. Northbound #50 buses will board customers on Damen at Madison after each event.

Temporary Lane Closures of Dan Ryan Expressway for 95th Street Terminal Work
Work associated with the construction of CTA’s 95th Street Terminal will affect highway drivers during the early morning hours beginning Saturday, June 24 through Wednesday, June 28. Red Line service will not be affected by this work and will operate normally.

Between the hours of 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. all lanes of the Dan Ryan Expressway will be temporarily closed for approximately 15 minutes every hour, except on Sunday, when hourly lane closures will occur between 1 a.m. and 7 a.m.

The lane closures are necessary in allowing crews to safely lift and erect steel beams needed for the construction of a new south bus bridge over the Dan Ryan expressway.

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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