Take the CTA to all Your Summer Events for a Discount

August 19, 2021

Extra service provided for the Air and Water Show, music festivals and multiple sporting events

It may be mid-August, but there’s still an abundance of exciting summer activities left to attend. Let the CTA, the most convenient and affordable ride in Chicago, get you to all the summer fun.

Spend more on the fun and less on travel by taking advantage of the promotional discount on our three most popular unlimited-ride passes, available until Labor Day:

  • 1-day/24-hour pass: $5 (down from $10)

  • 3-day/72-hour pass: $15 (down from $20)

  • 7-day pass: $20 (down from $28)

These specially discounted multi-day passes can be used to travel to sporting events, concerts, festivals, and other events happening this season, while those headed to Chicago’s popular beaches, lakefront and downtown attractions can also take advantage of our extra bus service.

Extra Service for Upcoming Events

Air and Water Show at North Ave. Beach – Sat. 8/21 and Sun. 8/22, 12 p.m.-1 p.m.

  • Extra service on #72 North Avenue and #151 Sheridan before and after the event

Ruido Fest at Union Park – Fri. 8/20 to Sun. 8/22, 1 p.m. - 10 p.m.

  • Extra service on #9 Ashland after the event

Summer Smash Music Festival at Douglass Park – Fri. 8/20 to Sun. 8/22, 12p.m. -10 p.m.

  • Extra service:

    • Pink Line: More frequent service after the event

    • #12 Roosevelt: More frequent service after the event

    • #49 Western: More frequent service after the event

    • #94 California: More frequent service after the event

Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field

  • Fri. 8/20 at 1:20 p.m. - Kansas City Royals vs. Chicago Cubs

  • Sat. 8/21 at 1:20 p.m. - Kansas City Royals vs. Chicago Cubs

  • Sun. 8/22 at 1:20 p.m. - Kansas City Royals vs. Chicago Cubs

  • Mon. 8/23 at 7:05 p.m. - Colorado Rockies vs. Chicago Cubs.

  • Tue. 8/24 at 7:05 p.m. - Colorado Rockies vs. Chicago Cubs

  • Wed. 8/25 at 1:20 p.m. - Colorado Rockies vs. Chicago Cubs

Special service:

  • #152 Addison: More frequent service before and after the game

  • #80 Irving Park: More frequent service before the game

  • Yellow Line: Later service (to midnight from Howard Station) for all night games

  • Purple Line: Loop-bound trains will stop at Sheridan for weeknight games

All Elite Wrestling at United Center - Fri. 8/20 at 7 p.m.

  • Extra service on #20 Madison and #50 Damen after the event

Buffalo Bills vs. Chicago Bears at Soldier Field - Sat. 8/21 at 12 p.m.

  • Extra service on #146 Inner Drive/Michigan Express and #128 Soldier Field before and after the event

Know before you go!

The CTA strongly recommends customers plan ahead, allow extra travel time, and purchase fares in advance. Below are a few things to be aware of to help make your next trip smooth and easy:

  • Masks are required on CTA: Per federal mandate, masks or face coverings are required on all CTA properties -- even if you are vaccinated. As such, all customers are required to wear masks/coverings while on a CTA bus, train, platform or in a station or other building or facility owned and operated by the CTA. Free masks are available on every bus and at every rail station.


  • Plan your trip: Plan your trip using the Google Transit Trip Planner and our new Ridership Dashboards, which are designed to help you better plan trips on our buses and trains to avoid traveling during heavy ridership periods, whenever possible


  • Ways to pay: There are a variety of convenient fare payment options, including payment with mobile pay apps (Apple Pay, Google Pay, etc.) and contactless bankcards. To learn more, visit: transitchicago.com/fares/.


  • Travel updates and alerts: Stay in the Loop on CTA service and follow us 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.

When You’re Ready, We’re Ready

With Chicago fully reopened, the CTA is ready to get customers to where they need to go. As part of its commitment to providing the safest and healthiest transit experience, the CTA is continuing to operate full service on all routes (as it has throughout the pandemic), maintaining its rigorous and extensive cleaning and disinfecting of vehicles and stations multiple times each day, and offering a variety of new tools/resources to make taking public transit even more convenient. More information about CTA’s efforts can be found at transitchicago.com/ready.


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