Traveling for Thanksgiving? CTA is the Convenient, Affordable Way to Reach the Airport!

November 21, 2017

CTA will operate a Sunday/holiday schedule on Thanksgiving (11/23); will provide extra service for upcoming United Center games

Holiday service
Leave the hassles of traffic and parking behind this Thanksgiving and let CTA take you to either the O’Hare International Airport via the Blue Line (approx. 40 minutes from Clark/Lake) or to Midway International Airport via the Orange Line (approx. 30 minutes from the Loop).

  • Wednesday, Nov. 22 – additional service on Brown, Green, Red, Blue and Orange lines
  • Thursday, Nov. 23 (Thanksgiving Day) - Sunday/holiday bus and rail schedule 
  • Friday, Nov. 24 – modified weekday service; reduced AM/PM rush period service on Brown, Blue and Red lines.

Full travel details are available at transitchicago.com/alerts. CTA recommends allowing plenty of travel time and purchasing fares and unlimited-ride passes ahead of time. More information about purchasing fares is below.

Event service/extra service
United Center

  • Rail: Green, Pink and Blue lines
  • Bus: #19 United Center Express, #20 Madison and #50 Damen

Miami Heat vs. Chicago Bulls – Sun. 11/26 at 2:30 p.m.
Anaheim Ducks vs. Chicago Blackhawks – Mon. 11/27 at 7:30 p.m.
Phoenix Suns vs. Chicago Bulls – Tues. 11/28 at 7 p.m.

Buy your unlimited ride passes and fares in advance
Avoid long lines to buy fares! Customers can add  unlimited ride passes (1-day, 3-day, 7-day and 30-day) or add money to pay per-ride to their Ventra cards ahead of time via the free Ventra app, at rail station Ventra vending machines, online or at more than 1,000 local retailers (for locations visit ventrachicago.com or the Ventra app).

Customers can also purchase from Ventra vending machines 1-day unlimited ride tickets ($10) or single-ride tickets ($3) that include up to two transfers in two hours. Customers can also pay their fares with their personal contactless debit or credit cards.

Stay in the Loop on CTA Service
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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