Headed to Lollapalooza? Take the CTA for one less hassle

If you're going to Lollapalooza this weekend, the CTA really is your best best for getting there without the hassles of crowded highways, streets and parking garages. Of course, the trains and buses will be crowded, but that's half the fun - enjoying the camaraderie with your fellow Lolla fans.

And the CTA tries to take some of the pain out of your commute with longer trains on the Blue, Brown, Green, Orange and Red lines until 11 p.m., and longer trains and more frequent service on Saturday and Sunday until at least 11:30 p.m. Here are the details, from the CTA website:

Blue Line:

  • Friday: longer trains will operate to downtown approximately every 6-8 minutes from 7 p.m. until 11 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday: longer trains will operate from 4 p.m. to midnight and between the hours of 9 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. trains will run approximately every 7-8 minutes.

Brown Line:

  • Friday: longer trains will operate approximately every 8 minutes from 7 p.m. until 11 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday: longer trains will operate until 11:30 p.m. and from 7 p.m. until 11:30 p.m. will run every 8 minutes.

Green Line:

  • Friday: longer trains will operate until 11 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday: longer trains will operate from 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 p.m.

Orange Line:

  • Friday: longer trains will operate until 11 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday: longer trains will operate from Midway between 3:30 p.m. and 12:30 a.m.

Pink and Purple Lines: trains will operate on a normal schedule all weekend.

Red Line:

  • Friday: longer trains will be in service until 1 a.m. and between the hours of 6:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. trains will operate approximately every 6 minutes.
  • Saturday and Sunday: longer trains will be in service until 1 a.m. and between the hours of 6 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. trains will operate approximately every 6 minutes.

Yellow Line: all weekend, service will be extended to operate until 1 a.m. from the Howard station.

And be careful of buses around Grant Park. These are rerouted:

#2 Hyde Park Express
#6 Jackson Park Express
#10 Museum of Science & Industry
#J14 Jeffery Jump
#26 South Shore Express 

Northbound #2, #6, #10, #J14, and #26 buses will operate via Columbus, Roosevelt, and Michigan to Balbo. #2 and #10 buses will resume their normal route on Balbo. #6, #J14, and #26 buses will continue their normal route on Michigan.

Between Michigan/Balbo and Roosevelt/Columbus, southbound buses will operate via Michigan and Roosevelt, then resume their normal route on Columbus.

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  • While it's certainly nice of them to run some trains later at night, what are you supposed to do after you get off the train? This may come as a surprise to some, but not everybody lives next door to a train station.
    Over the past few years, they've been cutting back evening bus service bit by bit so that large sections of the city have no bus service after 9:00 pm or thereabouts.

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