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Bears fans, add Metra to your game plan

(August 6, 2019) - 

The first kickoff at Soldier Field of the 2019 Chicago Bears season is fast approaching. Metra can help make the trip to the game easier for you, your friends and family.

With Metra, there are no worries about missing part of the game because you’re either trying to find parking or trying to beat everyone else out of the parking lot. The Metra Electric Line provides direct service to Soldier Field via the 18th Street Station.    

For Bears fans coming from the South Side or south suburbs for noon games at Soldier Field, the “Bears Extra” train on the Metra Electric Line will once again serve fans. The extra train will depart University Park at 9:30 a.m and make all stops between University Park and Kensington as well as stops at the 59th Street, 55th-56th-57th Street, and 51st/53rd Street stations. The train’s next stop is the 18th Street Station (10:21 a.m.), a short walking distance from Soldier Field.

For games with a 3:25 p.m. start, there is no extra inbound train because regularly scheduled train 818 already provides convenient service, arriving at 18th Street at 2:38 p.m.

For games with evening start times, inbound trains 132, 236 and 136 will make an extra stop at 18th Street.

For the trip home after all games, an extra outbound train will depart the Museum Campus/11th Street Station approximately 30 minutes games end. 

See a summary here.

Bears fans from the west, north and northwest suburbs riding Metra into Chicago Union Station or Ogilvie Transportation Center can board the CTA’s #128 Express for a quick trip to Soldier Field. Buses will depart from Metra's Ogilvie Transportation Center (southbound on Clinton at Madison) and Union Station (bus stop on Jackson east of Canal) and run express to Soldier Field. CTA express service starts 90 minutes before kickoff and resumes for an hour after the game on a load-and-go basis. The roundtrip bus service costs only $5. 

Bears fans arriving at Metra’s LaSalle Street Station on the Rock Island Line should walk east on Van Buren to State Street and take the CTA’s #146 bus to Soldier Field.

On Sundays, fans can also take advantage of Metra’s $10 Weekend Pass, and Metra’s Family Fares allow up to three children age 11 and under to ride free. Monthly Pass holders can ride beyond their zone without additional charge all weekend.


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