CTA to Provide Extra Service for President Obama’s Farewell Address

January 9, 2017

The Chicago Transit Authority will provide additional bus and train service on Tuesday, January 10, for President Obama’s Farewell Address at McCormick Place:

Rail: CTA will operate longer trains on the Green Line from 6 p.m. until 1 a.m.

Bus: CTA will provide more frequent service on the #3 King Drive route from 4 p.m. until approximately 7 p.m.  

The Cermak-McCormick Place Green Line station is approximately three blocks west of McCormick Place. Customers traveling on the Red, Brown, Orange and Blue lines can make free transfers to the Green Line at the following locations:

Red and Orange Lines: Transfer at Roosevelt and board a 63rd-bound (either Ashland/63rd or Cottage Grove) Green Line train to Cermak-McCormick Place.

Blue Line: Transfer at Clark/Lake (fare card required) and board a 63rd-bound Green Line train from the Loop Elevated platform.

Brown and Pink Lines: Transfer to 63rd-bound Green Line trains can be made at the Clark/Lake, State/Lake and Adams/Wabash Loop Elevated stations.


The CTA 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 fare cards via the free Ventra app, at rail stations, online or at nearly 1,300 local retailers (for locations available or to download the app, visit ventrachicago.com).

Other ways to pay fares include purchasing from CTA vending machines 1-day unlimited ride tickets ($10) or single-ride tickets ($3) that offer up to two transfers within two hours. Customers can also pay their fares with contactless bankcards and mobile wallets.

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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