Go Car-Free and Take CTA for all the Independence Day Weekend and NASCAR Festivities

July 3, 2024

CTA’s trains and buses are the best and most affordable ways to get to various sporting events, concerts, city festivals and Independence Day fireworks at Navy Pier and NASCAR Chicago Street Race activities

Let CTA be your designated driver this holiday weekend as you navigate the crowds to attend all the hottest events happening around the city, including Independence Day Fireworks at Navy Pier, the NASCAR Chicago Street Race and activities, plus concerts and sporting events.

Customers can save money by purchasing an unlimited rides pass, either the 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

Independence Day Fireworks

Navy Pier – Wed. 7/3 at 9 p.m. and Sat. 7/6 at 10 p.m.

  • Rail: The nearest rail station to Navy Pier is the Grand Red Line station. Customers can also take the Blue Line to the Grand/Milwaukee station and take the #65 Grand bus route. You can also take the Red Line to the Chicago station and walk over to North Avenue Beach, which offers a great vantage point to the fireworks.
  • Bus: Several CTA bus routes will be providing service to Navy Pier including the following: 
    • #29 State*
    • #65 Grand*
    • #66 Chicago*
    • #124 Navy Pier*
    • #151 Sheridan

*Note: Multiple bus routes in the area will be detoured due to road closures associated with the NASCAR festivities. For additional route information check our website: transitchicago.com/travel-information/alert-detail/?AlertId=100597

NASCAR Chicago Street Race

Grant Park:

Event Set-up – Begins Thu. 7/4 at 9 p.m. and Fri. 7/5 at 6 a.m.

Event Tear-down - Mon. 7/8 and Tue. 7/9 at 6 a.m.

  • Customers should expect a number of street closures and bus reroutes associated with the NASCAR Chicago Street Race. For more information about downtown reroutes, please visit our website at: transitchicago.com/2024downtownsummerreroute/

Chicago Street Race Weekend

Grant Park – Sat. 7/6 at 8:45 a.m. and Sun. 7/7 at 9 a.m.

  • Rail: All CTA rail lines serving downtown can get race attendees access to the track area:
  • Loop Elevated (Brown/Green/Orange/Pink lines): Exit at either Washington/Wabash or Adams/Wabash and Roosevelt (Green and Orange).
  • Red Line: Exit at Monroe, Jackson or Roosevelt and walk a couple of blocks east.
  • Blue Line: Exit at Monroe and Jackson and walk a couple of blocks east.
  • Starting July 4 – July 9, during this time while race-related structures are added and removed, visitors stopping at the Roosevelt Red/Orange/Green line station can transfer to a shuttle bus to the Museum Campus, replacing the regular #146 bus. These shuttles are free and will run every 15 minutes.
  • Bus: There are street closures in the area of Grant Park that are associated with the NASCAR Chicago Street Race. Several downtown bus routes, including the #1, #2, #3, #4, #X4, #N4, #6, #7, #10, #12, #J14, #18, #26, #28, #126, #130, #143, #146, #147 and #151 will be subject to temporary reroutes and temporary bus stop changes at phased times. More detailed information about all the downtown bus reroutes can be found on our dedicated webpage at https://www.transitchicago.com/2024downtownsummerreroute/

Soldier Field

Service on the #146 Inner Lake Shore/Michigan Express route

  • Philadelphia Union vs. Chicago Fire FC – Wed. 7/3 at 7:30 p.m.

Navy Pier Fireworks

  • Wed. 7/10 at 9 p.m.
  • The following routes will be providing service to this evening’s event:
  • #29 State
  • #65 Grand
  • #66 Chicago
  • #124 Navy Pier

Wrigley Field

  • Philadelphia Phillies vs. Chicago Cubs – Wed. 7/3 at 7:05 p.m. and Thu. 7/4 at 1:20 p.m.
  • Los Angeles Angels vs. Chicago Cubs – Fri. 7/5, Sat. 7/6 and Sun. 7/7 at 1:20 p.m.


  • Red Line: The Addison station is located just a half block east of Wrigley Field.
  • Purple Line (New!): Before weeknight games only, Loop-bound Purple Line Express trains will stop at the Addison station.
  • Yellow Line: Take the Yellow Line and transfer at Howard to the Red Line; continue to Addison station. To accommodate fans returning home, the Yellow Line will run for an hour later from Howard – until midnight – for all night games at Wrigley Field.
  • #152 Addison:  The #152 route will provide additional service on Cubs game days, with more frequent service two hours before and one hour after all games.
  • #80 Irving Park: The #80 route will provide additional service before the games, timed to meet the inbound UP-NW Metra trains at Irving Park.
  • Adjacent bus routes: Several CTA bus routes serve the Wrigley Field area, including:
  • #8 Halsted
  • #22 Clark
  • #36 Broadway
  • #151 Sheridan

Guaranteed Rate Field

  • Minnesota Twins vs. White Sox – Mon. 7/8 and Tue. 7/9 at 7:10 p.m., Wed. 7/10 at 1:10 p.m.


  • Red Line: Guaranteed Rate Field is just one block west of the Sox-35th station.
  • Green Line: The 35th-Bronzeville-IIT station is just three blocks east of the ballpark.
  • #35 31st/35th: The #35 route (which connects with Orange and Green lines) is the main bus route providing service to the stadium and operates during all game times.
  • Adjacent bus routes: Several CTA bus routes serve the ballpark area, including:
    • #1 Bronzeville/Union Station (during Monday – Friday rush periods only)
    • #4 Cottage Grove
    • #24 Wentworth
    • #29 State (which runs Monday – Friday to 8:30 p.m.)
    • #31 31st (which runs Monday – Friday to 7 p.m.)
    • #39 Pershing (which connects with Orange and Green lines)
    • #44 Wallace/Racine

Summer Service to Navy Pier and Museums

The following routes are currently running a summer service schedule through Labor Day:

  • #124 Navy PierService will be extended by 90 minutes in the evening daily. Eastbound service from Union/Ogilvie stations will run until 11:30pm. Westbound service from Navy Pier will run until midnight.
  • #130 Museum Campus: Service between Union/Ogilvie stations and Museum Campus/Planetarium will operate daily.

Service to the Lakefront:

Now through mid-August, beach service will operate directly to the lakefront and its beaches on the following bus routes on both the Weekdays and Weekends. Buses will begin their trips to these beaches between approximately 9 a.m. and 9:30 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. 

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 changes and alerts by subscribing to CTA Updates. For details about all CTA service, call 312-836-7000 or visit the CTA website at transitchicago.com.

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