CTA to Provide Extra Service for Events this Weekend Including 2016 Blues Fest

June 9, 2016

Addison Blue Line station closed this weekend for renovation work

The Chicago Transit Authority is a convenient and affordable transit option for those traveling to events in Chicago this weekend, including the 2016 Blues Festival, Ribfest, Copa America and Spring Awakening.

Separately, the Addison Blue Line station will be temporarily closed this weekend because of planned construction work as part of the Your New Blue project. During the temporary closure, trains will not stop at Addison. CTA will provide free shuttle bus service to serve customers traveling from the station. More details are provided below. 

Rail Service

To accommodate larger crowds traveling to and from events throughout the city this weekend, the CTA will operate longer trains along the Red, Blue, Brown, Orange and Pink lines during the following times:

  • Friday, June 10: beginning at evening rush period until at least 11:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 11: beginning at 11 a.m. until at least 11 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 12: beginning at 11 a.m. until at least 11 p.m.

Customers should allow extra travel time and consider purchasing fares in advance via Ventrachicago.com or via the free Ventra app when heading to/from the following events:

Chicago Blues Festival

To accommodate those heading to and from the Chicago Blues Fest at Grant Park this weekend, longer trains will operate along the Red, Blue, Brown, Orange and Pink lines. Festival-goers traveling along the Red or Blue lines should exit at Jackson and customers taking the elevated lines (Brown, Green, Orange and Pink) should exit at Adams/Wabash.

2016 Spring Awakening

For those attending the 2016 Spring Awakening music festival at Addams/Medill Park, additional bus service will be provided on the #9 Ashland and #12 Roosevelt routes until approximately one hour after the event ends each night. The festival is also just a few blocks away from both the Polk and 18th Pink Line stations.

Ribfest Chicago 

Longer trains will operate on the Red and Brown lines to help accommodate those traveling to the annual Ribfest on Lincoln Avenue this weekend.  Attendees can get there by exiting at the Irving Park Brown Line station, which is approximately one block east of the event, or exiting at the Sheridan Red Line station and taking a westbound #80 Irving Park bus.

Separately, some bus routes in the immediate area may be temporarily rerouted due to street closures. Customers are advised to plan ahead and check individual bus schedules at www.transitchicago.com/alerts.

Copa America Centario

To accommodate fans attending the Copa America Centario matches at Soldier Field, CTA will provide additional bus service on the #130 Museum Campus and #146 Inner Drive/Michigan Express routes for the following:

  • Friday, June 10 at 9:30 p.m. – Argentina vs. Panama
  • Wednesday, June 22 at 8 p.m. – Semifinals: match TBD

The extra service on #130 and #146 will run until approximately one hour after the matches end.

Customers also can travel to Soldier Field via Red, Orange or Green line trains. The Roosevelt station is located at Roosevelt and State, a few blocks west of the stadium.

Temporary weekend closure of Addison Blue Line station

The Addison Blue Line station will be temporarily closed beginning Friday, June 10 at 10 p.m. until Monday, June 13 at 4 a.m. During this time, Blue Line trains traveling in both directions will bypass the Addison station.

Free shuttle bus service will be provided between the Addison and Belmont Blue Line stations throughout the temporarily closure. O’Hare and Forest Park-bound customers at Addison can access Blue Line trains by taking the free shuttle buses to the Belmont station. Blue Line customers traveling to the Addison station will need to exit at Belmont and then transfer to the free bus shuttle.

With the exception of customers who use the Addison station, Blue Line riders will see little to no impact to service this weekend.

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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