Events Affecting CTA Service Beginning Weekend of 11/6-11/8

November 6, 2015

Red Line service will be affected by weekend construction work; CTA will provide extra service for upcoming events around Chicago including the Hot Chocolate 15K/5K race

The CTA is notifying customers of weekend construction work that will temporarily affect Red Line service and about extra service that will be provided related to upcoming events around Chicago.

Howard-bound Red Line trains will run express from Sheridan to Howard bypassing several stations because of track improvement work planned over the weekend.

Customers are advised to allow extra travel time.

For customers heading to the Hot Chocolate 15K/5K race in Grant Park, the Penn State vs. Northwestern football game at Ryan Field and upcoming events at the United Center this weekend, the CTA is a convenient and affordable transit option with extra service being provided for each event. Additional details below.


Howard-bound Trains to Run Express from Sheridan to Howard

Construction crews will perform track work as part of the Purple Express Improvement Project beginning 10 p.m. Friday, November 6 until 4 a.m. Monday, November 9. Howard-bound (northbound) Red Line trains will run express from Sheridan to Howard, bypassing the Wilson, Lawrence, Argyle, Berwyn, Bryn Mawr, Thorndale, Granville, Loyola, Morse and Jarvis stations.

95th-bound (southbound) trains will continue to serve all stations throughout the weekend.  

Howard-bound customers (northbound) at Wilson, Lawrence, Argyle, Berwyn, Bryn Mawr, Thorndale, Granville, Loyola, Morse or Jarvis stations will need to take a 95th-bound train to Sheridan and then transfer to a Howard-bound train.

Howard-bound customers who want to exit at the affected stations will need to travel to Howard and transfer to a 95th-bound train.

For alternate service through the affected area, CTA recommends customers use the #22 Clark (24-hour service), #36 Broadway, #147 Outer Drive Express or #151 Sheridan buses, which run parallel to the Red Line.

Once the project is completed later this fall, Purple Express trains will provide faster, smoother and more reliable service. For more information on the project, visit: http://www.transitchicago.com/pxproject/.

Hot Chocolate 15K/5K race

CTA will provide extra rail service on Sunday for the Hot Chocolate 15K/5K race near Grant Park. Beginning at approximately 5 a.m. CTA will provide longer trains on Red, Blue, Brown and Orange line trains until at least 1 p.m.

From 6 a.m. until approximately 11 a.m. the following 20 CTA bus routes will be detoured to adjacent streets due to street closures for the annual Hot Chocolate 15K/5K marathon at Grant Park. For information on specific route detours, visit:

#3 King Drive

#29 State

#4 Cottage Grove

#36 Broadway

#6 Jackson Park Express

#56 Milwaukee

#10 Museum of Science & Industry

#60 Blue Island/26th

#12 Roosevelt

#62 Archer

#J14 Jeffery Jump

#124 Navy Pier

#18 16th/18th

#126 Jackson

#20 Madison

#146 Inner Drive/Michigan Express

#21 Cermak

#147 Outer Drive Express

#22 Clark

#151 Sheridan



The #6 Jackson Park Express, the #10 Museum of Science and Industry and the #J14 Jeffery Jump routes will be detoured beginning on Saturday at approximately 5 p.m. until Sunday at approximately 3 p.m. due to street closures associated with the set up and take down of the event.

For more information, please visit transitchicago.com/alerts.

United Center Events

The CTA will operate the #19 United Center Express for customers attending upcoming events at the United Center:

  • Friday, November 6 at 7:30 p.m. – The Weeknd Concert
  • Saturday, November 7 at 5 p.m. – Chicago Bulls vs. Minnesota Timberwolves
  • Thursday, November 12 at 7:30 p.m. – Chicago Blackhawks vs. New Jersey Devils
  • Friday, November 13 at 7 p.m. – Chicago Bulls vs. Charlotte Hornets

Bus Service:

Extra service from #19 Express buses will leave from Michigan and Randolph beginning approximately 2 hours before the start of each event. After each event, #19 Express buses will await customers on the north side of the United Center eastbound on Madison near Gate 3. Extra #19 Express bus service will conclude approximately one hour after each event.

Rail Service:

CTA’s Ashland/Lake station served by Green and Pink lines is just 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.

Northwestern Football Game

The CTA will provide extra service for the Northwestern vs. Penn State game at Ryan Field at 11 a.m. Saturday. Extra rail service will be provided on the Purple Line beginning at approximately 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Ryan Field is located just west of the Purple Line’s Central station in Evanston.

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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