November 26, 2002

Chicagoans and visitors alike will find CTA trains the most reliable and economical way to travel to and from O'Hare and Midway Airports over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

Blue Line trains provide service to O'Hare Airport in about 45 minutes from stations in the Dearborn subway downtown.

Orange Line trains serve Midway Airport in about 30 minutes from stations on the inner Loop 'L', operating via Van Buren, Wells, Lake and Wabash before returning to Midway.

Train service for both lines operates every 10 minutes or less at most times, and customers can make free connections to both Blue and Orange Line trains from all other 'L' lines serving the Loop. Regular CTA fares apply.

Visitors intending to spend one to five days in Chicago should consider purchasing a CTA Visitor Pass. The 1-Day Pass costs $5, 2-Day is $9, 3-Day is $12, and a 5-Day Pass is $18.

Visitor Passes are valid for unlimited rides on all CTA buses and trains for the period indicated, beginning with the first use. Passes are sold at both O'Hare and Midway Airports, Visitor Information Centers and at several museums and other locations.

Car drivers intending to pick up or discharge air travelers using O'Hare, or who go downtown to shop, might consider parking adjacent to CTA Blue Line stations near O'Hare and complete their trips by train. More than 1,600 spaces are available at the garage at Cumberland (8400 West) along the Kennedy Expressway, where cars can be parked for up to 12 hours for just $1.75. Parking is also available at 14 other 'L' stations throughout the CTA service area. Check out the CTA Route Map by visiting www.transitchicago.com.

For information about all CTA service, call 836-7000 (all local area codes).

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