Going to Blackhawks parade, rally via CTA? Stick to trains

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.


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  • Since someone brought up the Cubs on another Chicago Now blog:

    Q: How many CTA lines will a Cubs victory parade affect?
    A. None.

    Also, they could have suggested using the ME to the Van Buren station. Puts you right there.

  • In reply to jack:

    And Metra has a $5 all day fare on Friday. Use it all you want that day. It has to be bought from a ticket agent at a station with a ticket agent, either downtown or in the morning at many suburban station.

  • Does this mean I'll have the Jewel to myself Friday because everyone who is not at work will be downtown? Sweet.

  • In reply to Cheryl:

    From what I have read about SuperValu baling on Jewel (and the rest of the Albertson's companies), and Jewel taking care of a comparison ad to Walmart by closing the store across the street (Golf Road in Niles), you'll probably have Jewel by yourself already, or soon if a Mariano's shows up down the street.

  • In reply to jack:

    At least you won't be asked for a card any more when you shop at Jewel. Last time I was at a Jewel they made a big deal of having to call someone over if you attempted to make a purchase without one.

    Course I am old enough to remember when the retail contract was: You give me the merchandise, I give you the cash, we're done. Never mind making me identify myself, snooping into my habits or making me interact with a little machine that asks 20 irrelevant questions in the checkout process.

  • In reply to CCWriter:

    But then there is the question whether you want to log on each week to Dominick's to get those personalized deals, although the deals were much better a year ago then they are now.

    Also, the real question is whether Cerberus will dismantle Jewel like it did the local Cub Foods.

    But I did just put my Preferred Card into the recycling bin.

  • Oh, I don't do those either.

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