CTA to Provide Extra Service for Riot Fest; Chicago Bears Home Opener

September 15, 2016
Next week: construction work at Harlem (O’Hare branch) will impact Forest Park-bound service
The Chicago Transit Authority is a convenient and affordable transit option for traveling to and from events around Chicago this weekend, including the 2016 Riot Fest and Carnival, the Chicago Bears game at Soldier Field and the Northwestern football game at Ryan Field.
CTA is also notifying customers that for two hours after the Chicago Bears game on Monday, free train rides will be available at Roosevelt (Red, Orange & Green lines) station courtesy of MillerCoors’ Miller Lite.
The CTA is also notifying customers of upcoming construction work as part of Your New Blue planned at Harlem (O’Hare branch) station that will temporarily affect service.
Riot Fest
The CTA will provide extra bus and rail service for this weekend’s Riot Fest at Douglas Park that runs Friday, September 16 to Sunday, September 18.
Rail Service
Pink Line: Longer trains will operate from approximately 9 a.m. until 1:30 a.m. Friday through Sunday. Pink Line trains will also operate more frequently on Friday from 10 a.m. until 11:45 p.m., and from noon until 11:45 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
The California Pink Line station is located approximately two blocks from the Festival’s east entrance at Douglas Park.
Bus Service
CTA will also provide extra bus service on the #12 Roosevelt beginning at 3 p.m. Friday and 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday until approximately 7:30 p.m. each night. In addition, extra service will be provided on the #49 Western, #52 Kedzie/California and #94 South California from approximately 5 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Each of these bus routes – the #12, #49, #52 and #94– will have extra service provided until approximately one hour after the festival ends each night. 
All buses will stage on the south curb of Ogden, in the local lane, between Sacramento and California.
Chicago Bears Home Opener at Soldier Field
The Chicago Bears will host the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday, September 19 at 7:30 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.
Free train rides will also be available for two hours after the game at Roosevelt (Red, Orange & Green lines) station courtesy of MillerCoors’ Miller Lite.
For more information on getting to the game on the CTA, please visit:
Northwestern Football Games
The CTA will provide extra rail service for the upcoming Duke vs. Northwestern football game at Ryan Field on Saturday, September 17 at 7 p.m.
For each game, CTA will provide longer trains on the Purple Line beginning approximately two hours before the game. Ryan Field is located a few blocks west of the Purple Line’s Central station in Evanston.
Next Week: partial platform closure at Harlem Blue Line (O’Hare branch)
Your New Blue station and platform renewal work at the Harlem (O’Hare branch) Blue Line station will require the temporary closure of a portion of the platform beginning 9 p.m. Tuesday, September 20 through 9 p.m. Tuesday, October 4. During this time, Forest Park-bound trains will not stop at the station.
With the exception of customers who use the Harlem (O’Hare branch) station, Blue Line riders will see little to no impacts to service. Customers affected by project work are advised to allow extra travel time.
Train Service at Harlem
For service from Harlem station, take an O’Hare-bound train to Cumberland and transfer to a Forest Park-bound train.
For service to Harlem station, take a Forest Park-bound train to Jefferson Park and transfer to an O’Hare-bound train.
Alternate Service Options
Consider using the adjacent Blue Line stations at Cumberland and Jefferson Park, where trains in both directions will continue to stop.
The #68 Northwest Highway, #88 Higgins and #81W West Lawrence buses connect with the Jefferson Park Blue Line station. Metra Union Pacific Northwest Line service to downtown is also available at the Metra Norwood Park station.
Park & Ride space is also available at the Cumberland station, for the same rate as the Park & Ride lot at the Harlem station (for the first 12 hours; rates vary thereafter – visit transitchicago.com/parking for more information).
In December 2013, the CTA and Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Your New Blue, the largest modernization investment on the Blue Line since it was extended to O’Hare International Airport in 1984.
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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