Get Ready for More Fun & Less Fare this Summer Using CTA’s Affordable, Convenient Bus and Rail Service

August 11, 2021

Extra service provided for Bud Billiken Parade, Hella Mega concert and various sporting events

With so many great outdoor events happening this summer, CTA is the best choice to get you and your friends to the fun affordably, efficiently and conveniently.

Spend less by taking advantage of CTA’s promotional discount on three of its most popular unlimited-ride passes, available until Labor Day:

  • 1-day/24-hour pass: $5 (down from $10)
  • 3-day/72-hour pass: $15 (down from $20)
  • 7-day pass: $20 (down from $28)

These specially discounted multi-day passes can be used to travel to sporting events, concerts, festivals, and other events happening this season, while those headed to Chicago’s popular beaches, lakefront and downtown attractions can take advantage of CTA’s extra bus service.

Extra Service for Upcoming Events
Bud Billiken Parade at Washington Park - Sat. 8/14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Special service:

  • Extra bus service: #3 King Drive, #4 Cottage Grove, #15 Jeffery Local, #29 State, #43 43rd , #47 47th, and #55 Garfield
  • Green Line: Operating full-length trains

Wrigley Field

  • Thurs. 8/12 at 1:20 p.m. - Milwaukee Brewers vs. Chicago Cubs
  • Sun. 8/15 at 5:30 p.m. - Hella Mega Tour

Special service:

  • #152 Addison: More frequent service before and after the game
  • #80 Irving Park: More frequent service before the game
  • Yellow Line: Later service (to midnight from Howard Station) for all night games
  • Purple Line: Loop-bound trains will stop at Sheridan for weeknight games

Soldier Field

  • Sat. 8/14 at 12 p.m. – Miami Dolphins vs. Chicago Bears
  • Sun. 8/15 at 5 p.m. - Columbus Crew vs. Chicago Fire Soccer

Special service:

  • Extra service on #146 Inner Drive/Michigan Express for both events
  • Extra service on #128 Soldier Field Express between Ogilvie, Union Station and Soldier Field for Bears games

Know before you go!
The CTA strongly recommends customers plan ahead, allow extra travel time, and purchase fares in advance. Below are a few things to be aware of to help make your next trip smooth and easy:

  • Masks are required on CTA: Per federal mandate, masks or face coverings are required on all CTA properties -- even if you are vaccinated. As such, all customers are required to wear masks/coverings while on a CTA bus, train, platform or in a station or other building or facility owned and operated by the CTA. Free masks are available on every bus and at every rail station.
  • Plan your trip: Plan your trip using the Google Transit Trip Planner and our new Ridership Dashboards, which are designed to help you better plan trips on our buses and trains to avoid traveling during heavy ridership periods, whenever possible
  • Ways to pay: There are a variety of convenient fare payment options, including payment with mobile pay apps (Apple Pay, Google Pay, etc.) and contactless bankcards. To learn more, visit: transitchicago.com/fares/.
  • Travel updates and alerts: Stay in the Loop on CTA service wand 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.

When You’re Ready, We’re Ready
With Chicago fully reopened, the CTA is ready to get customers to where they need to go. As part of its commitment to providing the healthiest transit experience, the CTA is continuing to operate full service on all routes (as it has throughout the pandemic), maintaining its rigorous and extensive cleaning and disinfecting of vehicles and stations multiple times each day, and offering a variety of new tools/resources to make taking public transit even more convenient. More information about CTA’s efforts can be found at transitchicago.com/ready.

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