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Take Metra and CTA to the ballpark

(March 29, 2018) - 

With the home openers for the 2018 Chicago baseball season fast approaching, Metra reminds fans they can avoid traffic and the hassle of parking by making Metra and the CTA part of their plans to watch the Chicago White Sox or Chicago Cubs.

“Make your trip to watch the White Sox or Cubs a carefree one by letting Metra and the CTA do the driving this baseball season,” said CEO/Executive Director Jim Derwinski. “Public transportation is the most convenient and reliable choice for anyone heading to our city’s ballparks.”


Wrigley Field is located just a half block west of the Addison stop on the CTA Red Line.

Fans headed to Wrigley Field from Chicago Union Station should walk six blocks east to the CTA Red Line (State Street Subway) or get to State Street by boarding CTA’s #126 Jackson bus, which boards on Jackson at the Chicago River or #151 Sheridan bus at the Union Station Transit Center, which boards at Jackson Boulevard and Canal Street. Take Red Line trains going north (Howard-bound) to the Addison stop.

From the Ogilvie Transportation Center, walk six blocks east to State Street or board any CTA bus eastbound on Washington Street to the Red Line and take a Howard-bound train north to Addison.

Metra’s UP Northwest customers can take CTA’s #80 Irving Park bus from Metra’s Irving Park Station east to Clark Street and walk south on Clark or take a southbound Clark #22 bus to Wrigley Field, and Milwaukee District North Line riders can depart the train at the Grayland Station and walk south on Kilbourn to Addison, where they can take CTA’s #152 Addison bus east to the ballpark.

Metra UP North Line customers can take the train to Evanston Davis Street, then walk one block east to the CTA Davis stop and board a Howard-bound Purple Line train, then transfer at Howard to a 95th-bound Red Line train to Addison.

From Millennium or Van Buren stations, walk two blocks west to State Street to take a Howard-bound Red Line train to Addison.    

Rock Island Line customers can travel downtown to LaSalle Street Station, walk three blocks east to State Street and take the Red Line north to Addison.

During weeknight games, Loop-bound (southbound) Purple Line Express trains will stop at Sheridan, where riders can either walk three blocks south on Sheridan/Sheffield to the ballpark from the station or transfer to a southbound Red Line train for the one stop to Addison. Additionally, the CTA provides extra service on the Red Line for all Cubs weekday night games, including increased frequency between 5 and 6:30 p.m. for all Howard-bound (northbound) Red Line trains, CTA also extends service on the Yellow Line for all home night games, running from Howard to Skokie until midnight. .

Fans can also use CTA’s #8 Halsted, #22 Clark or #152 Addison (connects to the Brown and Blue lines) to get to, or within a few blocks of, Wrigley Field. The CTA provides extra service on the #80 Irving Park and #152 Addison routes for all Cubs home games.

White Sox

Fans going to Guaranteed Rate Field along Metra’s Rock Island Line can get off at the 35thStreet/ “Lou” Jones Station, then it’s a short walk west on 35th Street to the ballpark. Guaranteed Rate Field is also located just a block west of the Sox-35th stop on the CTA Red Line and is also just three blocks west of the 35th-Bronzeville-IIT stop on the CTA Green Line.

From Chicago Union Station, Metra riders can walk five blocks east on Jackson Boulevard to LaSalle, then walk one block south to Van Buren to LaSalle Street Station and take a Rock Island Line train to 35th Street/“Lou” Jones Station. Or, walk six blocks east to the CTA Red Line (State Street Subway) and take a 95th-bound train to the Sox/35th stop.

From Ogilvie Transportation Center, walk five blocks east on Madison to LaSalle, then four blocks south to Van Buren; take a Rock Island Line train to the 35th Street/“Lou” Jones Station. Or, walk six blocks east to the CTA Red Line and take a 95th-bound train to the Sox-35th stop.

Fans can also use CTA’s  #4 Cottage Grove, #24 Wentworth, #29 State, #31 31st (which runs to 7 p.m.), #35 35th (connects with Orange Line and Green Lines), #39 Pershing (connects with Orange Line and Green Lines) and #44 Wallace/Racine buses to get to, or within a few blocks of, the ballpark.

Weekend riders can also take advantage of Metra’s $10 Weekend Pass, which is good for both Saturday and Sunday and can be purchased on the train. All ticket types are available for purchase where a ticket agent is on duty, or can be purchased via the Ventra App. The Ventra App is available for download at the App Store or Google Play.

Metra’s rideshare partner, Uber, offers another option to get from your train station to the ballpark. If you’re new to Uber, download the app, request a ride and a driver will arrive in minutes.

For complete schedule information, contact Metra Passenger Services, 312-322-6777, during business hours, visit our website's schedule page, or call the RTA Travel Information Center at 312-836-7000. For more information on taking CTA to the game, go here. You can also use the RTA trip planner or Google Maps, including the Google Maps app on your phone, for door-to-door directions.


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