Let CTA “Drive” You to the 2019 Chicago Auto Show

February 7, 2019

CTA to offer convenient, affordable bus and rail service, including dedicated bus shuttles to McCormick Place for the Auto Show

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) is the most affordable and hassle-free way to get to the 2019 Chicago Auto Show, taking place Saturday, February 9 through Monday, February 18 at McCormick Place.

By Train
The Cermak-McCormick Place Green Line station is located three blocks west of McCormick Place. Customers can connect to the Green Line via multiple rail lines (Red, Orange, Blue, Brown and Pink lines), which provide free transfers at multiple locations and will have signage directing customers where to transfer and exit.

By Bus
McCormick Place is served by the #3 King Drive (extra service for Auto Show) and the #21 Cermak routes.

Auto Show Bus Shuttle
A dedicated “Auto Show” bus shuttle route will operate from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. for the duration of the Auto Show. The shuttle will serve McCormick Place, Union Station, Ogilvie Transportation Center and downtown making the following stops:

Northbound/“To Metra Stns – Via Downtown”:

  • McCormick Place: At Gate #26 beneath McCormick Place
  • Museum Campus: On Columbus at 11th Street
  • Adams and Wabash
  • Adams and State
  • Adams and Clark
  • Adams and Wells
  • Adams and Wacker
  • Adams and Canal
  • Canal and Madison
  • Canal and Randolph

Southbound/”To Auto Show McCormick Pl”:

  • Ogilvie Transportation Center: On Clinton at Madison
  • Union Station: Corner of Clinton and Quincy or Jackson Blvd and the Chicago River
  • Jackson Blvd and Franklin
  • Jackson Blvd and Financial Place
  • Jackson Blvd and Dearborn
  • Jackson Blvd and State
  • Jackson Blvd and Wabash
  • Museum Campus: On Columbus at 11th Street
  • McCormick Place: At Gate #26 beneath McCormick Place

Fare Information
The CTA recommends that customers plan ahead and purchase fares in advance to decrease travel times and avoid long lines at rail stations. Below are some of the convenient methods to pay your way on the CTA:

  • Existing Ventra card users: Customers can load their registered Ventra cards ahead of time with either transit value or unlimited ride passes (1-day, 3-day, 7-day and 30-day) via the free Ventra app, at rail stations, online or at nearly 1,000 local retailers (for locations available or to download the app, visit ventrachicago.com).
  • Visitors: Available at Ventra vending machines located in all CTA rail stations are 1-day unlimited ride tickets ($10) or single-ride tickets ($3 at all rail stations except O’Hare, which costs $5) that offer up to two transfers within two hours. Customers can also obtain reloadable Ventra fare cards at all Ventra vending machines.
  • Electronic fare payments: Customers can pay their fare with contactless bankcards and mobile wallets (e.g. Apple Pay or Android Pay), which will deduct $2.50 for each tap of the card or mobile device on buses or at rail stations. Transfers are not available with these payment options – to transfer, customers will need to obtain a Ventra fare card or ticket.
  • Cash: Cash payments are accepted on buses and require exact fare. No transfers are available with cash fares, only with Ventra fare cards and tickets.

Plan your trip using the Google Transit Trip Planner. Be sure to also check out CTA 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.

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