The Chicago Transit Authority is a convenient and affordable transit option for people traveling to events around Chicago, including Pitchfork Music Festival at Union Park.
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.
To accommodate customers traveling to Pitchfork, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago Half Marathon and other events throughout the city, the CTA will provide additional rail and bus service beginning Friday, July 15 and continuing through Sunday, July 17:
Friday/Saturday/Sunday: longer trains will operate from 1 p.m. until midnight. In addition, Pink Line trains will operate more frequently from 8:30 p.m. until 11:30 p.m.
Friday/Saturday/Sunday: longer trains will operate from 1 p.m. until 10:30 p.m.
Friday/Saturday: longer trains will operate until midnight.
Sunday: longer trains will operate from 5 a.m. to 7 a.m.
Friday: longer trains will operate until 11:30 p.m.
Saturday/Sunday: longer trains will operate until midnight.
**Reminder: Forest Park-bound Blue Line trains will not be stopping at Irving Park due to ongoing construction. More info here: http://www.transitchicago.com/travel_information/alert_detail.aspx?AlertId=34956.
CTA will provide extra bus service on the #9 Ashland route for approximately one hour following the conclusion of the event each night.
United Center Events
The CTA will operate the #19 United Center Express for customers attending upcoming concert Adele concert at the United Center on Wednesday, June 13 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.
Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago Half Marathon
On Sunday, from 6 a.m. until approximately 10:30 a.m., 23 CTA bus routes will be detoured due to the closure of Balbo Drive between Michigan and Lake Shore Drive and Columbus Drive between Roosevelt and Balbo for the annual Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago Half Marathon. The following routes will be detoured to adjacent streets to maintain service during this time:
#3 King Drive*     #36 Broadway
#4 Cottage Grove     #56 Milwaukee
#6 Jackson Park Express* #60 Blue Island/26th
#10 Museum of Science & Industry* #62 Archer
#12 Roosevelt #65 Grand
#J14 Jeffery Jump* #66 Chicago
#18 16th/18th     #124 Navy Pier
#20 Madison     #126 Jackson
#21 Cermak   #130 Museum Campus
#22 Clark     #146 Inner Drive/Michigan Express
#29 State     #147 Outer Drive Express
*NOTE: during this time, buses operating from South Lake Shore Drive will only travel north to Roosevelt before turning to begin southbound service. Customers who need to continue into downtown will need to alight at State/Roosevelt and transfer to either the Red, Orange or Green lines for the remainder of their trip.
**Reroutes on the #6, #10 and #J14 will begin Sunday at 3 a.m. until approximately 3 p.m. due to pre- and post-event set up.
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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