With 30 bus routes adversely affected by the Chicago Blackhawks victory parade and rally, the best best way to get around Friday will be via CTA train.
CTA’s Red and Blue subway lines and Brown, Green, Pink and Orange elevated lines are your best bet for fans heading downtown for either the parade or rally - or both.
The CTA will provide extra service on all eight rail lines after the morning rush period through mid-day. Check the CTA news release for a list of all the bus lines with service changes due to the parade and rally. In general, most northbound buses will be rerouted from Michigan to State Street or Dearborn Street; and southbound buses will use Clark Street.
Here are two important tips from the CTA for riding that day:
- Load up your farecard before you get downtown.
Don't wait until after the events—or even until after you get off the train on your way. Avoid waiting in long lines by filling up your farecard at the station where you board, closer to home.
The CTA also recommends you buy a one-day pass for $10 - but I think that would be a big waste of money.
- To get to the rally, use stations south of Madison.
If you're heading to the rally in Lower Hutchinson Field, use stations south of Madison.
From the Brown, Green, Orange, Pink and Purple Lines, use the Harold Washington Library–State/Van Buren station or Adams/Wabash; from the Blue Line, use Jackson or LaSalle; from the Red Line, use Jackson, Harrison or Roosevelt.
If you want to get close to the action on a parade route, you might have better luck west of the Loop rather than downtown. Take a Green or Pink Line train to Ashland and check out viewing spots around Ashland and Washington.
Have fun, and be safe.
Oh - and the city reminds us there will be "zero tolerance for drinking on the public way."
Good luck with that enforcement.