Take CTA to Wrigley for Three Concerts at the Ballpark

July 14, 2009

CTA provides a convenient option to Wrigley Field for fans attending concerts beginning this week.  Elton John and Billy Joel concerts are on Thursday, July 16 and Tuesday, July 21 at 7 p.m.  Rascal Flatts is performing at Wrigley on Saturday, July 18 at 7 p.m.

The Red Line provides direct service to Wrigley Field via the accessible station at Addison, which is just a short walk away from the ballpark. Fans can transfer to Red Line trains from all other rail lines and from most east-west bus routes.

Riders heading to Wrigley Field can board Red Line trains from stations in the State Street subway downtown, or from Howard, where fans can connect from Purple or Yellow Line trains serving the northern suburbs. Fans using these stations also can take advantage of convenient Park & Ride lots at Howard, Linden and Skokie.

On Tuesday and Thursday nights, all southbound Purple Line Express trains will stop at Sheridan – northbound trains will follow the normal route that bypasses the Sheridan station.  Yellow Line trains will operate until 1 a.m. from Howard, providing a convenient option for fans to Park & Ride by using the more than 400 parking spaces available at the Skokie Yellow Line station, located just three blocks east of the Edens Expressway.

Several CTA bus routes also provide convenient service directly to Wrigley Field:

  • #8 Halsted buses operate north on Halsted from 79th Street to Broadway/Waveland;
  • #22 Clark buses operate north through the Loop on Dearborn and south on Clark from Howard;
  • #80 Irving Park and #X80 Irving Park Express buses operate east and west on Irving Park Road.  The #80 operates between Irving/Harlem and Irving/Broadway; while the #X80 operates between the Irving Park Blue Line station and Irving Park/Broadway.  Both the #80 and #X80 will run on their regular schedules.
  • #152 Addison buses operate on Addison from Cumberland on the west to Lake Shore Drive on the east. For all three concerts, additional service will be provided on the #152 Addison route as crowds warrant, starting two hours before the concerts and operating until one hour after the concerts end;
  • #154 Wrigley Field Express will operate for fans who wish to combine driving and public transit to travel to the games. #154 buses provide direct service to Wrigley Field from parking lots at DeVry University on Rockwell, a quarter-mile west of Western and a quarter-mile south of Addison. Service begins three hours before each concert and runs until one hour after the concerts end on Tuesday and Thursday, and two hours after the concert ends on Saturday. A $6 fee includes parking at DeVry and round-trip bus transit for a carload of fans.

Bus customers who use CTA fare media pay $2.00 to ride. For rail customers or customers who pay cash on the bus, the fare is $2.25. Customers who use CTA fare media may transfer for a 25 cent fee. Transfers are not available for customers paying fares in cash.

For details about all CTA service, call 836-7000 (all local area codes) or visit the CTA web site at www.transitchicago.com.

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