Enjoy Free Rides with CTA While Celebrating New Year’s Eve

December 29, 2022

Extra service to sporting events at United Center and New Year’s Eve Fireworks at Navy Pier

This year CTA will once again be offering New Year’s Eve Free Rides for our customers. Free rides will be available on both CTA trains and buses from 10 p.m. on Saturday, December 31 until 4 a.m. Sunday, January 1. This is in partnership with the sponsor, Miller Lite who is allowing us to help Chicago residents celebrate New Year’s Eve in a safe and reliable way.

NOTE: All CTA bus and rail service will operate on a Saturday schedule on Saturday, December 31. Then on both Sunday, January 1, and Monday, January 2 when the New Year is nationally observed – CTA will run on a Sunday/holiday schedule.

Customers can save money by purchasing one of our unlimited rides passes, either the CTA’s 1-Day ($5) – far more economical and convenient than the price of gas and parking - or the 3-Day ($15) pass – a real budget-saving move.

Service for Upcoming Events

New Year’s Eve Fireworks Show

Navy Pier – Sat. 12/31 at Midnight


  • Rail: Extra service on the Red, Blue and Yellow lines.
  • Bus: Several CTA bus routes will be providing extra service including the following:
    • #22 Clark
    • #29 State
    • #65 Grand
    • #66 Chicago
    • #124 Navy Pier
    • #151 Sheridan

For additional route information check our website: https://www.transitchicago.com/schedules/

United Center

Extra service on the #20 Madison before each event, and extra service on the #19 United Center Express and the #50 Damen routes after each event:

  • Detroit Pistons vs. Chicago Bulls – Fri. 12/30 at 7 p.m.
  • Cleveland Cavaliers vs Chicago Bulls – Sat. 12/31 at 6 p.m.
  • San Jose Sharks vs. Chicago Blackhawks – Sun. 1/1 at 6 p.m.
  • Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Chicago Blackhawks – Tue. 1/3 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Brooklyn Nets vs. Chicago Bulls – Wed. 1/4 at 7 p.m.

Know before you go!

The CTA strongly recommends customers allow extra travel time and plan ahead by downloading the Ventra app, which allows you to manage your Ventra account, and also features a new trip planning tool powered by Google Maps. 

Masks are no longer required on CTA: While the city continues to see low levels of transmission of COVID-19, customers and employees who wish to continue wearing masks are encouraged to do so. We ask all customers to be courteous and respectful to fellow riders.

Fare payment options: We offer a variety of convenient payment options—from smart devices to contactless credit cards. Learn more about payment options and ways you can maximize your dollars with our lower-priced unlimited-ride passes by visiting: transitchicago.com/fares/

Service updates: Stay in the Loop on CTA service and follow us 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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