Note: All CTA bus and rail service will operate on a Sunday/Holiday schedule on Christmas Day, Monday, December 25.
CTA Provides Convenient Rail Service to Both Chicago Airports
CTA service to both Chicago airports provides holiday travelers with reliable and economical transportation throughout the holiday period. Air travel is expected to be heavy through Monday, January 1.
Air travelers can reach O'Hare Airport on the Blue Line from stations in the Dearborn subway downtown. Elevated rail customers can transfer to the Blue Line for free at the Clark/Lake station and at Library station by walking to the Jackson station, and Red Line customers can connect to the Blue Line by using the pedestrian transfer tunnel at Jackson.
Also, customers can transfer to the Blue Line from all east-west bus routes between Grand and Foster, and from many north-south bus routes.
Orange Line trains provide direct service to Midway Airport. In the Loop, customers can transfer to Orange Line trains at the Clark/Lake station. Red Line customers can transfer to the Orange Line for free by exiting at the Jackson station and walking two blocks to the Library elevated station.
To avoid traffic congestion, those driving to pick up or drop off air travelers using O'Hare or who go downtown to shop, may wish to park at Blue Line stations near O'Hare and complete their trips by train. Parking is available for more than 6,800 cars at Park & Ride lots adjacent to 18 CTA rail stations throughout the CTA system. Rates are $3 at Rosemont and Forest Park and $2 at all other locations.
Park & Ride stations are listed on CTA's system map and on the CTA's web site. Customers may also obtain information on Park & Ride facilities by calling 836-7000 from any local area code.
#10 Museum of Science & Industry Buses Will Not Operate Christmas Day
Seasonal service on the #10 Museum of Science & Industry route will not operate Christmas Day. #10 buses, which normally operate year-round on weekends and holidays only, run special seasonal weekday service from Thanksgiving Day, November 23 until January 1. Buses operate weekdays every 15 to 30 minutes from Michigan and Delaware. Also during seasonal service, buses operate more frequently on weekends, operating every 15 minutes instead of every 30 minutes. #10 buses will resume seasonal weekday service on December 26.
Cermak and Rockwell Re-Open After Construction Work Friday
Beginning at 4 a.m. Friday, December 22, Cermak Road and Rockwell Avenue will re-open to traffic. As a result, #21 Cermak buses will resume their regular routing along Cermak.
Single Track in Effect on Blue Line Forest Park Branch for Maintenance Thursday
A single track will be in effect between the UIC-Halsted and Western stations from 10 p.m. Thursday, December 21 until 4 a.m. Friday, December 22. North and southbound customers boarding at the Racine and Illinois Medical District stations must board on the south side of the platform.
Red Line - Dan Ryan Branch Rehabilitation:
CTA is working to replace track, power and signal systems and upgrade stations along the branch. When the work is completed, customers will experience more reliable service and modern station amenities.
Late Night Single Track in Effect on Red Line Thursday
A single track will be in effect between the 45th and Garfield stations from 11 p.m. Thursday, December 21 until 4 a.m. Friday, December 22. North and southbound customers boarding at the 47th station must board on the east side of the platform.
Late Night Single Track in Effect on Red Line Next Week # # #
A single track will be in effect between the Garfield and 63rd stations from 11 p.m. Wednesday, December 27 until 4 a.m. Thursday, December 28. North and southbound customers boarding at the Garfield station must board on the east side of the platform.