CTA is a home run for fans heading to the Sox home ballpark
We’re ready to take you out to the ballgame! The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) is the most convenient, reliable and affordable way to get you to the Sox home opener on Thursday, April 5, 2018, and every home game all season long. Our buses and trains help you avoid the hassles of traffic, expensive parking and long walks to the ballpark.
Guaranteed Rate Field is just one block west (or an Avisail Garcia throw to home plate) of the Sox-35th stop on the Red Line. It’s also just three blocks west of the 35th-Bronzeville-IIT stop on the Green Line. Customers can connect to the Red or Green lines via multiple rail lines (Orange, Blue, Brown and Pink lines), which provide free transfers at multiple locations and will have signage directing customers where to transfer and exit.
CTA’s Park & Ride lots are also a good choice to access CTA train service. For more information, visit transitchicago.com/parking.
You also can leave the driving to us using various CTA bus lines. To get to the ballpark, or within a few blocks, fans can use:
- #1 Bronzeville/Union Station (during Monday – Friday rush periods only)
- #4 Cottage Grove
- #24 Wentworth
- #29 State
- #31 31st (which runs to 7 p.m.)
- #35 35th (which connects with Orange and Green lines)
- #39 Pershing (which connects with Orange and Green lines)
- #44 Wallace/Racine
Looking to avoid long lines at rail stations and decrease your travel time? The CTA recommends that customers plan ahead and purchase fares in advance. Below are some of the convenient methods to pay your way on the CTA:
Existing Ventra card users: Customers can load their registered Ventra cards ahead of time with either transit value or unlimited ride passes (1-day, 3-day, 7-day and 30-day) via the free Ventra app, at rail stations, online or at nearly 1,000 local retailers (for locations available or to download the app, visit ventrachicago.com).
Visitors: Available at Ventra vending machines located in all CTA rail stations are 1-day unlimited ride tickets ($10) or single-ride tickets ($3 at all rail stations, except O’Hare, which costs $5) that offer up to two transfers within two hours. Customers can also obtain reloadable Ventra fare cards at all Ventra vending machines.
Electronic fare payments: Customers can pay their fare with contactless bankcards and mobile wallets (e.g. Apple Pay or Android Pay), which will deduct $2.50 for each tap of the card or mobile device on buses or at rail stations. Transfers are not available with these payment options – to transfer, customers will need to obtain a Ventra fare card or ticket.
Cash: Cash payments are accepted on buses and require exact fare. No transfers are available with cash fares, only with Ventra fare cards and tickets.
Stay in the Loop on CTA Service
Plan your trip using the Google Transit Trip Planner. You also can use Google Maps, including the Google Map app on your phone, for door-to-door directions. Don’t forget to 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.
Enjoy the game! Go Sox!