Over the last few years, July 3 has been just about the busiest single day on the CTA’s calendar. More than a million people would converge on the downtown lakefront for a huge fireworks display and the Taste of Chicago.
And I’ll bet the CTA brass is probably just fine with that. The city this year is holding fireworks shows at three different lakefront locations on July 4.
in years past I braved the crowds on July 3. I remember lines snaking up the stairs and down the street at the Jackson Red Line. Waves of crowds swarmed the streets, seemingly just at the edge of lawlessness.
But the CTA raked in the revenue that day. So you have to wonder if this change in plans will affect revenues. Probably not substantially, but it’s got to hurt a bit.
Check out the CTA guide to getting around the fireworks on the North and South sides and Navy Pier. And have a safe and fun Fourth of July. (Chicago Tribune photo)