Additional service also provided for Crosstown Classic and more; Riders advised to plan ahead, purchase fares early
The Chicago Transit Authority is a convenient and affordable transit option to get to upcoming events around Chicago, including Lollapalooza at Grant Park, the Crosstown Classic at Wrigley Field and sporting events and concerts at Soldier Field and the United Center.
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 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.
Customers should allow extra travel time when heading to/from these events.
To accommodate additional ridership for Lollapalooza, the CTA will provide extra rail service beginning Thursday evening, July 28 through Sunday, July 31:
Thursday and Friday: Longer trains will operate until midnight and more frequent service provided between 7 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: Longer trains will operate until midnight and more frequent service will be provided in the evening until 11 p.m.
Thursday and Friday: Longer trains will operate until 2 a.m. and more frequent service provided between 6 p.m. and midnight.
Saturday and Sunday: Longer trains will operate until 2 a.m. and more frequent service beginning at 6:30 p.m. until midnight.
Thursday and Friday: Longer trains will operate until end of service, and more frequent service provided between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: Longer trains will operate until end of service; more frequent service will be provided in the evening until 11 p.m.
Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday: Longer trains will operate until end of service.
Thursday, Friday and Saturday: Longer trains will operate until end of service and more frequent service will be provided service beginning at 8:30 p.m. until 11 p.m.
Sunday: Longer trains will operate until end of service and more frequent service will be provided in the evening until 11 p.m.
Thursday & Friday: More frequent service will be provided beginning at 9 p.m. until 11 p.m.
Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday: extended hours of operation, with service from Howard provided until 1 a.m.
Bus Detours Due to Street Closures for Lollapalooza
Currently in effect through Monday, August 1, the following 10 CTA bus routes are being detoured near Grant Park for the set-up, duration and clean-up of Lollapalooza: #2 Hyde Park Express, #6 Jackson Park Express, #7 Harrison, #10 Museum of Science & Industry, #J14 Jeffery Jump, #26 South Shore Express, #126 Jackson, #132 Goose Island Express, #143 Stockton/Michigan Express and #147 Outer Drive Express.
Cubs-Sox Crosstown Classic
Extra bus service will be provided on the #80 Irving Park and the #152 Addison for the Cubs-Sox Crosstown Classic at Wrigley Field on Wednesday, July 27 and Thursday, July 28 at 7 p.m. In addition, on both days northbound Red Line trains will operate with increased frequency from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Volunteers will be at the Addison Red Line station 90 minutes prior to the first pitch of each game distributing the CTA’s 18th annual Cubs vs. Sox commemorative poster, while supplies last.
Soldier Field Events
To accommodate fans attending the International Champions Cup featuring FC Bayern Munich vs. AC Milan at Soldier Field on Wednesday, July 27, CTA will provide additional bus service on the #130 Museum Campus and #146 Inner Drive/Michigan Express routes. Game time is 8 p.m.
Extra service on #130 and #146 will run until approximately one hour after the event ends.
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.
United Center Events
The CTA will operate the #19 United Center Express for customers attending upcoming concert Drake + Future concert at the United Center on Tuesday, July 26 and Wednesday, July 27 at
#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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