This guide will show you how to use CTA buses and trains to see downtown Chicago, North Michigan Avenue, and a few places beyond.

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) runs buses and elevated/subway trains (the ‘L’) serving Chicago and 40 nearby suburbs. From Downtown, you can get to most attractions on just one bus or train.

We Have Answers

Get travel information and questions answered about CTA buses and trains, Metra commuter trains, and Pace suburban buses by calling 836-7000 from any local area code, 5:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. daily. TTY: (312) 836-4949 (for hearing and speech impaired). Or, try the trip planner at

Maps, train and bus schedules, and brochures can also be ordered through the RTA Travel Information Center. CTA Bus & Rail Maps and this brochure are also available at CTA rail stations.

We are Listening Comment, commendation or inquiry?

Call 1-888-YOUR-CTA (1-888-968-7282) weekdays 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., or leave a voice mail message at other times. TTY: 1-888-CTA-TTY1 (1-888-282-8891).

Write us at CTA Customer Service, P.O. Box 7566, Chicago, IL 60680-7566. Or, e-mail us at

Visit us Online

CTA’s web site is You can get information, see our map, purchase CTA-themed gift items, and even buy your fare in advance! Metra’s web site is Pace’s web site is

Groups are Great

We'll help you plan your CTA trips and purchase your fares in advance. Call us weekdays at 1-888-YOUR-CTA (1-888-968-7282); TTY: 1-888-CTA-TTY1 (1-888-282-8891).

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area, the direction of travel.

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above the windshield. It will first show the route number and route name, then change to show the destination. If it's the bus you want, flag it down.


When paying your fare, remember that dollar bills go into the center slot of the farebox and coins into the slot on the left side. All cards and passes are inserted into the slot on the right side of the farebox.

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Cards, Permits, Passes

How They Operate Bus routes shown on the map operate every day, including all holidays, unless the route number is in parentheses, such as (10). Buses run every 10 to 15 minutes, except route (10), which operates every 20 to 30 minutes at certain times.

Routes that operate every day do so from early morning until at least midnight, with some exceptions:

65 Grand & operates until 7:00 p.m. daily.

124 Navy Pier & runs daily between Union and Ogilvie stations and Navy Pier, 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. (midnight in summer).

146 Inner Drive/Michigan Express 6. operates until 8:50 p.m. daily from Museum Campus; midnight daily from Downtown. Routes that do not operate every day have service as follows: (10) Museum of Science & Industry & operates weekends and holidays year-round; daily Memorial Day to Labor Day and Thanksgiving to New Year's Day. Hours are from about 9:00 a.m., Monday through Saturday (10:00 a.m. Sundays/holidays) to

4:40 p.m. every 20 or 30 minutes. No service on Christmas Day. (X28) Stony Island Express & direct service between

Union Station and Museum of Science & Industry/Hyde Park weekdays 6:45 a.m. to 10:25 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (130) Grant Park Treasures & operates mid-May through Labor Day, weekends and holidays, from 9:20 a.m. Saturday (10:20 a.m. Sundays/holidays) to 6:00 p.m.

(157) Streeterville & operates weekdays 6:45 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.


All routes mentioned in this brochure are accessible to people with disabilities.

Riding CTA Trains

Each rail line has a color name. All trains operate Downtown daily until at least midnight, except the Purple Line Express (see map for hours). Trains run every 5 to 10 minutes during the day and early evening, and every 10 to 15 minutes in later evening.

Here's a quick guide to boarding in the Downtown area:

Red Line Blue Line Dearborn Street subway

Green Line Loop elevated (along Wabash Ave. & Lake St.) Orange Line _Loop elevated

State Street subway

Brown Line _Loop elevated Purple Line —_Loop elevated

At the Station

There are Customer Assistants or Security Guards at rail stations to help you.


Fifty (50) percent of rail stations are accessible and every train has at least two cars that are accessible to customers with disabilities. For information on current accessible rail stations, visit our web site at, see CTA’s Bus & Rail Map or call 836-7000 from any local area code.

Taking a Ride

Entering the Station Signs list train routes

Red Line Trains and destinations. On the Platform

Signs overhead and

on the columns tell you

which trains stop there, their directions, and destinations.

When the Train Arrives Train destination appears

; | Howard | 95/Dan Ryan on front and sides of train.

On the Train Rail maps are above the doorways. Stops and connections are announced. Watch and listen for your stop.

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Take the Blue Line between O'Hare and Downtown. From the airport, follow the “Trains to City” signs. From Downtown, board in the Dearborn Street subway; 45 minute trip.

Take the Orange Line between Midway and Downtown. From the airport, follow the “Trains to City” signs. From Downtown, board at any Loop elevated station; 35 minute trip.

Visitor Passes

Our 1-Day ($5) pass offers 24 hours of

unlimited CTA and Pace riding from the first use. This pass cannot be shared or

recharged. You can also buy 2-Day ($9), 3-Day ($12) and 5-Day ($18) passes.

Passes are sold at Visitor Information Centers, select downtown Currency Exchanges, Sears Tower, Navy Pier, O'Hare and Midway airports, and the Rosemont and Cumberland CTA rail

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stations. For advance sales and other sales mite locations, call 1-888-YOUR-CTA or visit CTA’s Pass web site at

Transit Card

Deducts full fares and transfers on CTA and Pace.

First ride $1.75 1st transfer within 2 hours 25¢ 2nd transfer within 2 hours FREE

Cards can pay for up to seven full-fare customers at once. Add value at rail station farecard machines. Maximum card value is $100. Buy full-fare Transit Cards ($1.75 to $100) at rail station farecard machines. Or, buy full-fare Transit Cards ($10 or $20) and Transit Card packs ($17.50) at Currency Exchanges, select Jewel, Dominick's and Cub Foods stores, and online.

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Cash Fare

One ride is $1.75 full fare and 85¢ reduced fare. Reduced fares are for children ages 7-11; elementary and high school students with a CTA student riding permit; seniors 65 years and older and customers with disabilities who have an RTA Reduced

Fare Permit. For more information, call 836-7000 from any local area code.

On buses, deposit the exact fare in coins or | f bills into the farebox. At rail stations, one | turnstile accepts the exact coin fare. The station Customer Assistant will help children through the turnstile.

When you pay your cash fare, you can buy a Transfer Card that allows two more rides within two hours on any route (full-fare transfer: 25¢; reduced-fare transfer: 15¢). Connections are free between CTA rail lines at stations marked with a © (no Transfer Card needed, except between State (elevated) and Lake & (Red Line subway) stations; farecard needed, but no transfer charge or use deducted).

Quick Ride Guide

From the Loop

Chicago Transit Authority

Attraction Take Bus or Train: Art Institute, Chicago Cultural Ctr. Short walk from most buses and all rail lines. Chinatown Red Line (95th/Dan Ryan) train in the State

Street subway south to Cermak-Chinatown

4& south on Michigan (starting at Randolph) Green Line (Harlem) train on the Loop ‘L’ ral t

west to Conservatory-Central Park Drive & sightseeing Guide

106, 145 &, 146 &, 147 &, 1516 north April 2005

DuSable Museum Garfield Park Conservatory

John Hancock Observatory on State 151& north on State McCormick Place 3 &,X3 & south on Michigan Museum Campus** 146 east on Washington; 146 & south on State Museum of Science & Industry 6& or 10& south on State; X28 & east on Jackson (weekday rush hours only). See “Buses” panel for 10& & X28& days/hours. Navy Pier 29 & north on State; 124 & east on Washington North Michigan Avenue 106, 1456, 146 &, 1476, 1516 north on State; 3 & north on Michigan River North & Old Town areas 226 or 366 north on Dearborn Sears Tower/Union Station Any bus west on Adams Soldier Field (Bears, Fire) 146 & south on State United Center (Bulls, Blackhawks) 19 & (limited stops) or 20 & west on Madison U.S. Cellular Field (White Sox) Red Line (95th/Dan Ryan) train in the State Street subway south to Sox-35th & Red Line (Howard) train in the State Street subway north to Addison & #40 Chinatown/Pilsen Weekend Shuttle & (Memorial Day through Labor Day) Free shuttle to Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, Chinatown & Pilsen. Service originates from Roosevelt & ‘L’ station.

From North Michigan Avenue

Attraction Take Bus or Train:

Art Institute, Chicago Cultural Ctr. 3&*, 1456, 147 or 1516 south on Michigan

Lincoln Park Zoo 151& north on Michigan

McCormick Place 3 &*, X3 G* south on Michigan

Museum Campus** 146 & south on Michigan

Museum of Science & Industry 106 south on Michigan. See “Buses” panel for 10. days/hours. Otherwise, 6 & west on

Wacker at Michigan Navy Pier 66& east on Chicago; 296, 65 &. east on Illinois

Sears Tower/Union Station 1514 south on Michigan

State Street Shopping 106, 145&, 146 & or 1516 south on Michigan Soldier Field (Bears, Fire) 146 & south on Michigan

United Center (Bulls, Blackhawks) 19 &* south on Michigan (limited stops) U.S. Cellular Field (White Sox) Red Line (95th/Dan Ryan) train in the State Street subway south to Sox-35th & Red Line (Howard) train in the State Street subway north to Addison &

Lincoln Park Zoo

Wrigley Field (Cubs)

Wrigley Field (Cubs)


starts at Chicago Avenue ** Soldier Field/Adler Planetarium/Field Museum/Shedd Aquarium


Downtown Attractions

F-11 Adler Planetarium

D-7 Art Institute of Chicago

E-8 Buckingham Fountain


Chicago Architecture Foundation Tours

D-6 Chicago jin Cultural Center Visitor Info. Center 1

A-6 Civic Opera House


Chicago Mercantile Exchange Tours C6

City Hall/

County Bldg.


Daley Center

& Picasso

C-11 Chinatown E-11

Field Museum


Visitor Information Centers are in the Chicago Cultural Center (Michigan/Randolph) and Chicago Water Works (Michigan/Pearson). Open daily (closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day). Special Events Hot Line: (312) 744-3370.


James R. Thompson (State of Illinois Center) D-2

John Hancock Observatory C-8

Harold Washington Library Center C-6, D-2

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Gallery 37 Center for the Arts

McCormick Place


Pritzker Pavillion Grant Park Music Festival




Merchandise Mart


Museum of Contemporary Art

D-9 Museum of Contemporary Photography

F-4 Navy Pier: Skyline Stage Chicago Shakespeare Theatre Chicago Children’s Museum Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows

D-2 North Michigan Avenue Shopping


E-1 Oak Street Beach


Old Water Tower &

Pumping Station

(Chicago Water Works; Visitor Info. Center)

E-7 Petrillo Music Shell

C4 River North Restaurants & Nightlife

B-7 Sears Tower Skydeck

F-10 Shedd Aquarium

Sightseeing Boats

F-11 Soldier Field

D-8 Spertus Museum of Judaica

C-6, C-7 State Street Shopping


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D-7 Symphony Center


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Taste of Chicago

Theatres (Live):

D-8 Auditorium

B-6 Cadillac Palace

C-6 Chicago

F-4 Chicago Shakespeare (Navy Pier)

C-6 Goodman

E-6 Harris Music and Dance

D-2 Lookingglass

C-6 Oriental

D-9 Merle Reskin

C-7 Shubert

E-11 Prairie Avenue Historic District: Clarke House Museum Glessner House Museum Vietnam Veterans Art Museum : Women’s Park and Gardens

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Allerton Crowne Plaza Hotel, D-3 Amalfi Hotel, C-5

Best Western Grant Park Hotel, D-10 Best Western Inn of Chicago, D-4 Best Western River North Hotel, C-4 Cass Hotel, C-3

Chicago Hilton and Towers, D-9 Chicago Marriott Downtown Hotel, D-4 Chicago Travelodge, D-9

The Claridge Hotel, C-1

Comfort Inn & Suites Downtown, C-4 Congress Plaza Hotel, D-8

Courtyard by Marriott Chicago, D-3

Courtyard by Marriott Chicago Downtown, C-4

Crowne Plaza Silversmith Hotel, D-7

Doubletree Guest Suites Chicago, D-2 The Drake Hotel, D-1

Embassy Suites Chicago Downtown, C-4

Embassy Suites Chicago Lakefront, E-4 Essex Inn, D-9

Fairfield Inn Downtown, E-3

The Fairmont Chicago, E-6 Fitzpatrick Chicago Hotel, E-3

Four Seasons Hotel Chicago, D-2 Hampton Inn & Suites, C-4

Hard Rock Hotel, D-5

Hilton Garden Inn, C-4

Holiday Inn & Suites, A-8

Holiday Inn Chicago City Centre, E-4 Holiday Inn Mart Plaza, A-5 Homewood Suites by Hilton, C-4 Hostelling International, C-8

Hotel 71, D-5

Hotel Allegro Chicago, B-6

Hotel Burnham, C-6

Hotel Inter-Continental Chicago, D-4 Hotel Monaco, D-5

House of Blues Hotel, C-5

Howard Johnson Inn Chicago, B-3 Hyatt on Printers Row, C-8

Hyatt Regency Chicago, D-5

Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, E-11 Le Meridien Hotel, D-4

Lenox Suites Hotel, D-4

Millennium Knickerbocker Chicago Hotel, D-2

Ohio House Motel, B-4

Omni Ambassador East, D-1

Omni Chicago Hotel, D-3

Palmer House Hilton, D-7

Park Hyatt Chicago Hotel, D-2

The Peninsula Chicago, D-3

Radisson Hotel & Suites Chicago, D-3 The Raphael Hotel, D-2

Red Roof Inn Chicago, D-3 Renaissance Chicago Hotel, C-5

Residence Inn by Marriott Chicago Downtown, E-2

The Ritz-Carlton Chicago, D-2 The Seneca Hotel & Suites, E-2 Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers, E-4 Sofitel Chicago Water Tower, C-2 The Sutton Place Hotel, D-1 Swissotel Chicago, E-5

The Talbott Hotel, C-2

The Tremont Hotel, D-2

W Chicago City Center, B-7

W Chicago Lake Shore, F-3

The Westin Michigan Avenue, D-2 The Westin River North, C-5 Whitehall Hotel, D-2

Wyndham Chicago, D-3