13 CTA bus reroutes this week as "Transformers 3" filming shifts to Wacker Drive

Here's a straight-up copy paste from the CTA's weekday service alert about the bus reroutes caused by "Transformers 3" filming on Wacker Drive this week.

Thirteen CTA bus routes will be detoured in the downtown area due to the temporary closure of Wacker Drive between Michigan and Wabash as filming of the "Transformers 3" movie continues next week. The following reroutes will go into effect at 5 a.m. Monday, July 19 until 5 a.m. Thursday, July 22:

#2 Hyde Park Express and #10 Museum of Science & Industry

Northbound #2 and #10 buses will travel over their regular routes along State to Lake then will operate via Lake to Michigan and then resume their regular routes north on Michigan past South Water.

Southbound #2 and #10 buses will travel over their regular routes along Michigan past Wacker to Randolph then will operate via Randolph to State and then resume their regular routes.

#6 Jackson Park Express (Southbound Only)
Southbound #6 buses will operate over the regular route along Wacker to Michigan then will travel via Michigan, Randolph to State and then resume the regular route. Northbound #6 buses are not affected and will travel over the regular route.

#122 Illinois Center/Ogilvie Express and #123 Illinois Center/Union Express
Eastbound #122 and #123 buses will travel over their regular routes along Wacker to State then will operate via State, Washington, Michigan to Randolph before turning to begin westbound service.

From Randolph/Field, westbound #122 and #123 buses will travel west on Randolph to State then will operate via State to Wacker and then resume their regular routes.

#124 Navy Pier
Eastbound #124 buses will travel over the regular route along Wacker to Dearborn then will operate via Dearborn to Illinois and then resume the regular route east on Illinois past Columbus.

Westbound #124 buses will travel over the regular route along Grand past Columbus to Clark then will operate via Clark, Wacker, State to Madison and then resume the regular route.

#134 Stockton/LaSalle Express, #135 Clarendon/LaSalle Express and #136 Sheridan/LaSalle Express (Southbound Only)
Southbound #134, #135 and #136 buses will operate over their regular routes along Wacker to Columbus then will travel via Columbus, Randolph, Dearborn to Wacker and then resume their regular routes. Northbound #134, #135 and #136 buses are not affected and will travel over their regular routes.

#144 Marine/Michigan Express and #146 Inner Drive/Michigan Express (Southbound Only)
Southbound #144 and #146 buses will travel over their regular routes along Michigan past Wacker to Randolph then will operate via Randolph to State and then resume their regular routes. Northbound #144 and #146 buses are not affected and will travel over their regular routes.

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  • It was pretty insane. People brought their kids down there expecting to see Optimus Prime or something. I'm guessing that there were a lot of disappointed children. You really couldn't see anything from the street, but I didn't stick around for very long. The heat and humidity were too much for me.

  • And note that while filming has left Michigan Ave., it's still full of misery. My 147 bus this morning just sat stuck between Ohio and Illinois for three full light cycles before the driver finally let us off. There were three buses ahead of him that hadn't yet reached the Illinois stop and not one of those buses caught up to me as I walked toward my office. Insane.

  • In reply to BobS:

    Yeah, I took the 157 and had the same experience. It took about 20 minutes to get from Ontario/Michigan to Wacker (about 1/2 mile). I ended up getting off at Lake and just walking to the red line.

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