Music fans headed to this year’s Riot Fest can ditch the traffic and parking fees by making Metra part of their travel plans.
Metra’s Western Avenue Station on its BNSF Line between Chicago and Aurora is a short walk from the festival site at Douglas Park in the North Lawndale community on Chicago’s West Side. To accommodate concertgoers, Metra BNSF trains will make extra stops at Western Avenue on Friday evening and throughout the weekend providing a convenient way to travel to and from the festival, which runs Friday, Sept. 14 through Sunday, Sept. 16. A full schedule of BNSF service is available here.
“Public transportation offers concertgoers an easy, worry-free way to see performances from some of their favorite musicians,” said Metra CEO/Executive Director Jim Derwinski. “With the adjustments to the BNSF schedule as well as connections between Metra’s other lines and the CTA, transit is the most convenient way to travel to Riot Fest for fans from across Chicagoland.”
Due to limited parking near the venue, Riot Fest organizers are also urging fans to either take public transportation, ride a bicycle or use a ride share service for travel to and from Douglas Park. The main entrance to Riot Fest is located at the intersection of West Ogden Avenue and Sacramento Drive. To access the venue from the BNSF Western Avenue Station, concertgoers are encouraged to walk west on 16th Street to California and north to Ogden, following Ogden to the festival’s main entrance.
Customers who travel on Metra’s other lines can also use public transit to travel to and from the festival. Riders who use the Milwaukee District North and West lines can use the Western Avenue Station on their lines to connect with the CTA’s #49 bus by walking east on Hubbard Street to Western. From there, take the #49 bus south towards 79th Street. Exit the bus at the Western Avenue Pink Line Station stop. Then either walk 0.8 miles to arrive at Riot Fest or take the Pink Line for one stop from Western to California. Fans who ride any of Metra’s other lines are encouraged to ride the CTA Pink Line from the Loop to the California Avenue stop.
If you’re travelling on Saturday and/or Sunday, don’t forget about Metra’s $10 Weekend Pass, which provides unlimited rides on both days. The pass can be purchased on the train or via the Ventra App that can be downloaded in the App Store and Google Play.