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February 15, 2024

CTA’s trains and buses get you to your destinations around Chicagoland in the fastest, most affordable way imaginable; Construction work begins on bus bridge at Harlem Blue Line (O’Hare Branch)

Ride with CTA to get to school, work and play across the city. 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.

Public transit is still the best option, for CTA and Metra riders to get to the Chicago Auto Show, happening at McCormick Place until Monday, February 19. Take advantage of the following special travel options for the auto show.

Service for Upcoming Events

2024 Chicago Auto Show 

McCormick Place (South Building) – Open every day at 10 a.m. Closes at 9 p.m. through Sun. 2/18, and 8 p.m. on Mon. 2/19.

CTA Train and Bus

  • Rail: Take the Green Line and exit at the Cermak-McCormick Place station.
  • Bus: The #3 King Drive and the #21 Cermak bus routes provide service to McCormick Place.

Special CTA Auto Show Shuttle Bus

Take the Auto Show shuttle bus to McCormick Place. The shuttle bus fare is $2.25. The shuttle bus provides a fast ride to and from McCormick Place, for:

  • Union Station (Southbound on Clinton at Quincy or Eastbound on Jackson at Canal, Stop A)
  • Ogilvie Transportation Center (Southbound on Clinton at Madison, Stop L)
  • LaSalle Street Station (Eastbound on Jackson at Financial Place, Stop B)

For riders taking Metra to downtown, the CTA shuttle will operate every 12 to 20 minutes each day between:

  • 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., through Sun. 2/18
  • 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Mon. 2/19

Signs on the shuttles will indicate “To Auto Show McCormick Place” or “Metra Stations/Via Downtown”.

United Center

Get to and from the following event via the #20 Madison and #50 Damen bus routes. Customers can also take the #19 United Center Express route post event:

  • Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Chicago Blackhawks – Thu. 2/15 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Ottawa Senators vs. Chicago Blackhawks – Sat. 2/17 at 2 p.m.
  • Philadelphia Flyers vs Chicago Blackhawks – Wed. 2/21 at 6:30 p.m.

Blue Line (O’Hare Branch): Reconstruction of Harlem Station Bus Bridge

Beginning Monday, February 19 at 7 a.m. through early 2025, crews will demolish and reconstruct the bus bridge deck of the Harlem Blue Line station (O’Hare Branch). During this time:

  • West entrance to stationhouse temporarily closed.
  • Adjacent Park & Ride lot will be temporarily closed.
  • Affected bus routes: CTA’s #88 Higgins,  #90 Harlem, and Pace’s #209 and #423 

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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