November 21, 2002

Nine CTA bus routes will be detoured off North Michigan Avenue Saturday, November 23, for the annual Magnificent Mile Lights Festival. The festival motorcade parade is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m., and will proceed south on Michigan from Oak to Wacker.

Michigan will start closing to traffic in both directions at about 5 p.m., and is expected to reopen around 8 p.m. Chicago Avenue will remain open across Michigan until the parade reaches that point.

The bus routes affected by the parade are the #3 King Drive, #6 Jeffery Express, #10 Museum of Science & Industry, #66 Chicago, #145 Wilson/Michigan Express, #146 Marine/Michigan Express, #147 Outer Drive Express, #151 Sheridan and #173 U. of Chicago/Lakeview Express.

#10, #145, #146, #147, and #151 buses that regularly operate north through the Loop on State will remain on State across the Chicago River. #10 buses will end their trips at Chicago/State, while buses on the other four routes will continue north via State, Division and Clark to LaSalle Drive before returning to their regular routes. Buses will use the same detour southbound, and #145, #147 and #151 buses will then return to Michigan at Washington.

#3, #6 and #173 buses, which operate north on Michigan through the downtown area, will turn west at Randolph and go to State. #3 buses will proceed north on State and will then go via Illinois and Fairbanks to the terminal. Southbound #3 buses will operate via Fairbanks, Grand, State and Washington to Michigan. From Randolph #6 buses will turn south on State to begin new trips over the regular route. #173 buses will go north on State to Ontario and west over the regular route. Southbound #173 buses will operate via Lake Shore, Grand, State and Washington to Michigan.

#66 Chicago buses will operate east via Chicago, State and Illinois to Navy Pier. Westbound buses will use Grand and State back to Chicago.

For more information about all CTA routes and schedules, call 836-7000 (all local area codes).

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