CTA to Provide Extra Service for Bud Billiken Parade

August 11, 2016

Separate weekend construction work to impact rail service

The Chicago Transit Authority is a convenient and affordable transit option for those traveling to events around Chicago this weekend, including the Bud Billiken Parade on Martin Luther King Drive and the Bears pre-season game at Soldier Field.

Separately, CTA is notifying customers of construction projects that will temporarily affect rail service over the weekend. Construction work as part of Your New Blue will temporarily impact customers at the Addison, Irving Park and Montrose stations. Separately, work on the Lake Street Bridge by the Chicago Department of Transportation will impact Green and Pink line service over the weekend.

In general, weekend work will begin Friday evening and continue through early Monday morning. Normal service will resume prior to the start of morning rush service.

Bud Billiken Parade

To accommodate additional riders heading to the Annual Bud Billiken Parade, the CTA will provide extra bus and rail service on Saturday, August 13. The parade will start at approximately 9 a.m.

Customers are advised to plan ahead and allow extra travel time due to weekend work affecting portions of Green Line service (see below for more detail), as well as bus reroutes in the vicinity of the parade.


On Saturday, longer Green Line trains will operate beginning at approx. 5 a.m. until 6 p.m. More frequent service will be provided from approx. 8 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.


Extra bus service will be provided on the #3 King Drive, #4 Cottage Grove, #15 Jeffery Local, #29 State and #55 Garfield bus routes beginning at 7 a.m. Saturday.

Due to street closures for the parade, the following buses will be rerouted from approximately  7 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday:

#3 King Drive                                                ​                      #47 47th

#15 Jeffery Local                          ​                         ​           #55 Garfield

#43 43rd

For full information on all bus reroutes, please visit: http://www.transitchicago.com/alerts/.

Chicago Bears Pre-Season Game at Soldier Field

The Chicago Bears will host the Denver Broncos at Soldier Field this Thursday, August 11 at

7 p.m. The CTA will operate the #128 Soldier Field Express between Union Station, Ogilvie and Soldier Field, and will provide additional #146 Inner Drive/Michigan Express service for customers heading to the game. Additional service will begin at approximately two hours before game time and continue until one hour after the game ends.

For more information on getting to the game on the CTA, please visit: http://www.transitchicago.com/riding_cta/popdest/sports.aspx.

Pitbull at the United Center

The CTA will operate the #19 United Center Express for customers attending the Pitbull concert at the United Center on Tuesday, August 16.

#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 board 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.

Temporary Suspension of Green/Pink Line Service Over Lake Street Bridge

On Saturday, beginning with the start of service (approx. 5 a.m.) until 2 p.m., 'L' service between the Clinton and Clark/Lake stations will be temporarily suspended due to maintenance work on the Lake Street bridge by the Chicago Department of Transportation.

During this time, CTA will provide a free bus shuttle service that will supplement Green Line service between the Clinton and Clark/Lake stations. Note: Loop-bound Pink Line service will operate from Polk to the Racine Blue Line station (and will not be serving the Ashland, Morgan and/or Clinton or Loop stations during this time). More details below.

Customers are advised to allow extra travel time.

Bus Shuttle Service: Harlem/Lake-bound customers at Clark/Lake can board the free bus shuttle from the southeast corner of LaSalle/Lake. Loop-bound customers at Clinton can board the free bus shuttle on the west side of Clinton Street south of Lake Street.

Green Line Service: Green Line trains will continue to operate in both directions, but in two sections: between Harlem/Lake and Clinton, and also between Ashland/63rd-Cottage Grove and the Loop. In the Loop, Green Line trains will follow Orange Line trains clockwise, first stopping at Harold Washington Library before continuing on to Ashland/63rd and Cottage Grove.

Pink Line: Trains will operate between 54th/Cermak and Polk, then to Racine Blue Line connecting to Blue Line train service to/from downtown.

For service to downtown from Pink Line stations between 54th/Cermak and Polk, take a Pink Line train toward the Loop and stay on board until the train reaches Racine on the Blue Line, where you can transfer to continuing Blue Line service into downtown.

For service from downtown to Pink Line stations between Polk and 54th/Cermak, take a Blue Line train toward Forest Park to Racine and transfer to a Pink Line train toward 54th/Cermak.

For service to/from Ashland, Morgan or Clinton stations, use Blue Line service between Racine and Clark/Lake, shuttle buses between Clark/Lake and Clinton, and Green Line service.

Allow extra travel time.

For more information, visit: http://www.transitchicago.com/travel_information/alert_detail.aspx?AlertId=35940.  

Blue Line Weekend Single Track

Your New Blue station and platform renewal work at the Irving Park Blue Line station will require a weekend single track operation at the Addison, Irving Park and Montrose stations beginning 10 p.m. Friday, August 12 until 4 a.m. Monday, August 15. During this time, all Blue Line trains will operate on the Forest Park-bound side of the platforms at Addison, Irving Park and Montrose.

Customers are advised to allow for extra time.

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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