CTA to Provide Additional Service for 2016 Chicago Pride Parade

June 23, 2016

CTA to provide extra service for weekend concert; Work on new Washington/Wabash station affects portion of Loop Elevated service


NOTE: In anticipation of heavier-than-normal crowds on Sunday, June 26, the CTA will require that all strollers and carts be folded prior to boarding buses and trains.


The Chicago Transit Authority will provide additional bus and rail service for those attending the 47th Annual Chicago Pride Parade, which will begin at noon on Sunday, June 26. CTA is also notifying customers of a partial closure of the Loop Elevated tracks this weekend due to construction on the Washington/Wabash station.


The CTA encourages customers to plan ahead and allow extra travel time. The CTA also 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 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.


Chicago Pride Parade

The 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.


Bicycles will also not be allowed on 'L' trains. (Bicycles will, however, continue to be allowed on all buses, at all times, using the racks on the front of the bus.)



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


Red Line: From 9 a.m. until 6 p.m., trains will operate with increased frequency.


Brown Line**: Longer trains will operate from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Service will also be provided more frequently from approximately 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.


Blue Line: Longer trains will operate from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.


Orange Line**: Longer trains will operate from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m.


**Orange and Brown line trains will operate as one continuous route over the weekend from Midway to Kimball, via Wells and Van Buren due to construction work associated with the Washington-Wabash station. More information is provided below.



Additional service will be provided on the #77 Belmont and #78 Montrose routes from approximately 9 a.m. until at least 3 p.m. CTA will also operate longer buses on the #72 North Avenue and #74 Fullerton routes.


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

#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.


Loop ‘L’ trains detoured due to closure of tracks along Lake and Wabash

Beginning 10 p.m. Friday, June 24 until 4 a.m. Monday, June 27, the portions of Loop Elevated tracks along Lake and Wabash will be closed related to construction work on the new Washington/Wabash station by the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT). As a result of these track closures Brown, Orange, Green and Pink line trains will be rerouted as follows:


Orange and Brown Lines: Trains will operate as one route, between Kimball and Midway, via Wells and Van Buren.


Green Line: Trains will operate between Harlem/Lake and Cottage-Ashland/63rd via Wells and Van Buren.


Pink Line: Trains will operate between 54th/Cermak and Downtown via Wells and Van Buren. Trains will begin/end their trips at Roosevelt station.


Customers may transfer between the Loop elevated, and Blue and Red line subways at Harold Washington Library (Loop elevated) and Jackson (Blue and Red lines) stations.


Weekend Concerts

CTA will provide extra bus and rail service this weekend to accommodate customers heading to and from the following concerts:


Phish at Wrigley Field

To accommodate concert-goers heading to Wrigley Field for the Phish concerts at 7 p.m. this Friday and Saturday, the CTA will provide additional service on the #80 Irving Park and the #152 Addison from approximately 5:30 p.m. until one hour after the concert ends.


In addition, Yellow Line trains will continue to operate until approximately 12 a.m., from Howard.

Selena Gomez at the United Center

The CTA will operate the #19 United Center Express for customers attending the Selena Gomez concert on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.


#19 United Center Express buses will leave from Michigan and Randolph beginning at approximately 5:30 p.m. until approximately one hour after the event ends. Buses will await customers on the north side of the United Center eastbound on Madison near Gate 3.


CTA’s Ashland/Lake station, served by the Green and Pink lines, is located a few blocks northeast of the United Center. Customers exiting at the station can transfer to #9 Ashland buses or simply walk a few blocks to the stadium. Customers taking the Blue Line can get to the United Center by exiting at the Illinois Medical District station and walking a few blocks north to the United Center.


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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