Festival Season Alcohol Restrictions

During the festival season, Metra prohibits glass bottles and alcohol on trains after 7 p.m. or all day on specific dates. No smoking is allowed on any trains, in stations or within 15 feet of station and enclosed area entrances. If you are planning to use our service, please observe these restrictions.

* Indicates No Bikes Allowed on Trains.

EventDateOnboard Glass Container & Alcohol Restrictions
 
St. Patrick's Day Parade3/15No Alcohol All Day
South Side Irish Parade3/16

No Alcohol All Day

*Rock Island District Only

Blues Fest6/13
6/14 - 6/15
No Alcohol After 7 PM
No Alcohol All Day
Taste of Chicago

7/11*
7/12* - 7/13*

7/9-7/13

No Alcohol After 7pm
No Alcohol All Day

No Bikes on Trains

Lollapalooza

8/1*
8/2* - 8/3*

8/1 - 8/3

No Alcohol After 7pm
No Alcohol All Day

No Bikes on Trains

Air and Water Show

8/16* - 8/17*

8/16 - 8/17

No Alcohol All Day

No Bikes on Trains

Jazz Fest 8/29
8/30 - 8/31 
No Alcohol After 7pm
No Alcohol All Day 
New Year's Eve 12/31 No Alcohol After 7pm 

As a reminder, Metra reserves the right to prohibit bicycles if coaches are crowded or access is impeded, and makes no assurances that space will be available. Metra reserves the right to restrict alcohol on dates other than those listed above.

Special Information - Chicago Festivals and Events


The festivals and celebrations in Grant Park and the Lakefront bring many additional passengers to our trains. In the past, this has included some who were prone to excessive revelry.

Dates and restrictions are listed above. No alcoholic beverages or glass bottles will be allowed on Metra trains. Passengers on trains found with alcohol may be removed or arrested. All bags carried into the rail stations or onto the train will be subject to inspection by police personnel. Metra reserves the right to refuse service to any parties who are intoxicated or impaired. Unruly behavior will be not tolerated and all riders are required to conduct themselves in an appropriate manner. Those that fail to do so should anticipate that they will be detained and/or arrested.

Metra prides itself in providing safe and efficient transportation. To that end, Metra police officers and off duty municipal police will patrol stations and trains. We intend to maintain a safe travel environment for our customers.

Thank you for your cooperation and choosing Metra for your travel needs.