Let CTA Be the Easiest Leg of your Thanksgiving Weekend Travel Whether It’s to the Airport or Just Events Around Chicagoland

November 22, 2023

Of things to be thankful for: CTA’s trains and buses are affordable and efficient travel options this busy holiday weekend to see the Thanksgiving Day parade downtown and many other festivities across the city

CTA will get you to all your holiday activities with family and friends. 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.

REMINDER: Check the Latest Holiday Service Updates

  • Thursday, Nov. 23 (Thanksgiving Day) – Operating on a Sunday/holiday schedule 
  • Friday, Nov. 24 –  Operating on a Weekday schedule (Except for Yellow Line)                                                                                       

Full travel details are available at transitchicago.com/alerts.

Service for Upcoming Events

Thanksgiving Day Parade

State Street between Randolph and Ida B. Wells – Thu. 11/23, 8 a.m. – 11 a.m.


  • Rail: All rail lines downtown will get you access to the parade; exit in the loop.
  • Bus: Multiple bus routes in the loop will be rerouted. Check out the alerts on our website for more information: https://www.transitchicago.com/alerts/

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:

  • Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Chicago Blackhawks – Fri. 11/24 at 1 p.m.
  • St. Louis Blues vs. Chicago Blackhawks – Sun. 11/26 at 1 p.m.
  • Seattle Kraken vs. Chicago Blackhawks – Tue. 11/28 at 7:30 p.m.

Navy Pier Fireworks

Service on the #29 State, #65 Grand, #66 Chicago and #124 Navy Pier routes.

  • Sat. 11/25 at 9 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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