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A note about travel to the ballgame during COVID-19...

One of the surest signs of spring is the return of baseball, and our hometown teams are ready to kick off their seasons: the Cubs at Wrigley Field on April 1 and the White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field on April 8.

As always, the CTA is the most affordable and convenient way to get to the ballparks, and avoid the hassle and expense of parking and traffic. Multiple bus routes and rail lines serve each ballpark.

Of course, these Opening Days will be a little different, with limited capacity at each ballpark and public health and safety guidelines in place. The CTA is firmly committed to providing a safe and healthy ride for everyone, as we have done throughout the pandemic. Among the steps we’re taking:

  • Rigorous cleaning of our trains, buses and stations
  • Efficient air filtration and circulation on trains and buses
  • Capacity limits on trains and buses
  • Social distancing reminders in stations and vehicles
  • Free masks on buses and at rail stations

We also count on our customers to travel thoughtfully, by:

  • Wearing faces masks, which are required on all trains and buses and in stations
  • Social distancing
  • Avoiding crowded trains and buses
  • Being mindful and respectful of fellow customers
  • Using Bus or Train Tracker to help you time your trip

Now, more than ever, we strongly encourage customers to allow extra travel time and either purchase fares in advance or use contactless payment options—like your Ventra card—to avoid lines and crowds.

Remember: you can load your registered Ventra card in advance with either transit value or unlimited-ride passes, via the Ventra app, at rail stations, at ventrachicago.com or at hundreds of local retailers. And, with the Ventra app, you can now load a new or existing Ventra card into your Apple Wallet and pay with a Ventra Card using your iPhone or Apple Watch.

Also, if you or people traveling with you plan to use disposable Ventra Tickets, note that you can buy any tickets you need for the day on the way (don’t wait until after the game to buy your return fare).

You can also skip the vending machines entirely and pay a PAYG fare or transfer directly at any Ventra reader using a contactless bankcard in your wallet or loaded into a Pay app on your smartphone—just touch and go!

Here’s to successful seasons for our teams on the North Side and the South Side. The CTA is proud to play a part in getting you, your family and your friends to and from the game in 2021.

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Chicago Bears football

Soldier Field

1410 S Museum Campus Dr, Chicago, IL
at Solidarity Dr/Museum Campus Dr (south of Roosevelt in Museum Campus)
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RedGreen and Orange Lines
The stadium is a few blocks east of the Roosevelt stops on the CTA RedOrange and Green Lines (about a 15 minute walk or a short bus ride).

You can walk from the ‘L’ stops by heading east on Roosevelt Road from State Street until you cross Columbus. To your left will be a walkway that gently slopes down through the Museum Campus to a pedestrian underpass to get to the other side of Lake Shore Drive.  Then, turn right to head south past the Field Museum and on to Soldier Field.

To get to the Roosevelt stop from the north (including downtown) and West Side, take a Red Line train toward 95th, a Green Line train toward Ashland/63rd or Cottage Grove or an Orange Line train toward Midway. From the south and southwest, take a Red Line train toward Howard, an Orange Line train toward the Loop or a Green Line train toward Harlem/Lake.


You can also use CTA bus #128 Soldier Field Express, which serve Union Station and the Ogilvie Transportation Center (Metra). From downtown, you can use the #146 Inner Drive/Michigan Express, all of which connect with Red, Orange and Green Lines on Roosevelt. All of these bus routes stop in front of the stadium.


Chicago Blackhawks hockey and Chicago Bulls basketball

United Center

1901 W Madison St, Chicago, IL
at Madison/Damen
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Blue Line
The stadium is just a few blocks north of the Illinois Medical District stop on the CTA Blue Line. The shortest walk is by exiting the station to Damen Avenue (western-most exit) and walk north on Damen to Madison.

To get to the Illinois Medical District stop from the west (including the far West Side and the communities of Forest Park and Oak Park), take a Blue Line train toward O’Hare. From the east and north (including downtown, the Northwest Side, northwest suburbs east of O'Hare and directly from O'Hare Airport), take a Blue Line train toward Forest Park.

Green and Pink Lines
The stadium is two blocks south and three blocks west of the Ashland/Lake stop on the CTA Green and Pink Lines.

To get to the Ashland/Lake station from the west, take a Green Line train toward Ashland/63rd or Cottage Grove, or a Pink Line train toward the Loop. From the east (including downtown or the South Side portions of the Green Line), take a Green Line train toward Harlem/Lake or a Pink Line train toward 54th/Cermak.


You can also use CTA buses #9 Ashland#19 United Center Express#20 Madison#50 Damen or #126 Jackson to get to, or within a few blocks of, the stadium.


Chicago Cubs baseball

Wrigley Field

1060 W Addison St, Chicago, IL
at Clark/Addison (Wrigleyville neighborhood) 
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Red Line
The ballpark is just a half block west of the Addison stop on the CTA Red Line.

To get to the Addison stop from the south (including downtown), take a Red Line train toward Howard. From the north, take a Red Line train toward 95th.

The ballpark is also just a couple of blocks south of the Sheridan stop on the CTA Red Line.

Purple Line Express

Before weekday night games, rather than run express from Howard to Belmont, regular Loop-bound Purple Line Express trains will make an additional stop at Sheridan.  

Linden-bound Purple Line Express trains will not make special stops at Sheridan. Purple Line Express service operates only during weekday rush periods. For service back north after the game, use the Red Line from Addison or Sheridan (where you can transfer to Purple Line local service and Yellow Line trains at Howard).


You can also use CTA bus routes #8 Halsted#22 Clark or #152 Addison (connects to the Brown and Blue lines) to get to, or within a few blocks of, Wrigley Field.

Chicago White Sox baseball

Guaranteed Rate Field

333 W 35th St, Chicago, IL
at 35th/Shields (in Armour Square neighborhood)
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Red Line
The ballpark is just a block west of the Sox-35th stop on the CTA Red Line.

To get to the Sox-35th stop from the north (including downtown), take a Red Line train toward 95th/Dan Ryan. From the south, take a Red Line train toward Howard.

(During rush hours, certain Red Line trains run to Ashland/63rd and can get you to the ballpark via the 35th-Bronzeville-IIT stop on the Green Line.)

Green Line
The ballpark is just three blocks west of the 35th-Bronzeville-IIT stop on the CTA Green Line.

To get to the 35th-Bronzeville-IIT stop from the north (including downtown and the West Side), take a Green Line train toward Ashland/63rd or Cottage Grove. From the south, take a Green Line train toward Harlem/Lake.


You can also use CTA buses #1 Bronzeville/Union Station#4 Cottage Grove#24 Wentworth#29 State#35 35th (connects with Orange Line and Green Line), #39 Pershing (connects with Orange Line and Green Line) and #44 Wallace/Racine to get to, or within a few blocks of, the ballpark.

DePaul Blue Demons basketball

Wintrust Arena

200 E. Cermak Rd., Chicago, IL
at Cermak Rd and Indiana Ave.
 Plan a trip to here via Google Maps


Green Line
The station is just 3 blocks east of the Cermak-McCormick Place station on the Green Line. Exit toward Cermak Rd from the station and walk east.

To reach Cermak-McCormick Place from downtown Chicago, the West Side of Chicago, Oak Park or River Forest, take a Green Line train toward either Ashland/63rd or Cottage Grove. From the South Side of Chicago, board a Green Line train toward Harlem.

Red Line
The station is about 5 blocks (a 12-15 minute walk) east of the Cermak-Chinatown station on the Red Line. Exit toward Cermak from the station platform and walk east. You can also transfer to #21 Cermak buses toward Mercy Hospital from this station.

To reach Cermak-Chinatown from the North Side and downtown Chicago, take a Red Line train toward 95th/Dan Ryan. From the South Side, take a Red Line train toward Howard to reach Cermak-Chinatown.


Wintrust Arena is also reachable by #1 Bronzeville/Union Station, #3 King Drive#4 Cottage Grove, #21 Cermak and #29 State buses.


Northwestern Wildcats football

Ryan Field

1501 Central St, Evanston, IL
at Central St between Asbury and Ashland Aves
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Purple Line / from Evanston or Wilmette
The stadium is just west of the 'L' on Central Street, with the main entrance on the west side at Central/Ashland.

From Purple Line stations elsewhere in Evanston, including Downtown Evanston, take a Purple Line train toward Linden and exit at Central. From Linden, take a train toward Howard or the Loop and exit at Central.

Purple Line Express / from Chicago
During weekday rush hours, Purple Line service is extended south of Howard Street, near the border between Chicago and Evanston to/from downtown Chicago, via express. You can ride a Purple Line Express train toward Linden from downtown directly to Central in Evanston.

At all other times from Chicago (midday, nights, weekends, holidays, etc.), use Red Line local service to Howard where you can change for a Purple Line shuttle train to Linden for continuing service that will take you to the Central station for Ryan Field.


Ryan Field is also served by CTA #201 Central/Ridge buses.


Finding the best route for you

For complete CTA route information including both buses and trains, as well as details about each train station, see our Route & System Guide.

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