Anyone who's lived in Chicago for more than a year should know that you don't drive to the July 3 Grant Park fireworks. Just don't. You'll live longer.
But for those who haven't caught on, the CTA is encouraging going to Grant Park or Navy Pier for the fireworks displays on Friday evening, July 3 and Saturday evening, July 4, to take public transportation. Metra is running more trains on Friday to accommodate suburban visitors.
Here is the relevant part of the CTA's press release:
"Longer trains will operate into the Loop until late every night, and extra buses will be available toward the close of each evening's activities.
To speed travel and reduce lines, customers are encouraged to buy farecards in advance with sufficient value or to add enough value to their existing farecards (either the Chicago Card or magnetic strip Transit Card) for their return trips later in the day.
Bus customers who use CTA fare media pay $2.00 to ride. For rail customers or customers who pay cash on the bus, the fare is $2.25. Customers who use magnetic strip cards or other CTA fare media may transfer for a 25 cent fee. Transfers are not available for customers paying fares in cash.
SERVICE FOR THE JULY 3rd FIREWORKS EVENT IN GRANT PARK
Rail Service - July 3rd Fireworks Event
· Bicycles are not allowed on trains Friday, July 3 or Saturday, July 4.
· Also, as a courtesy to other customers, strollers must be folded on CTA buses and trains.
· Additional CTA personnel will be on duty at Loop rail stations to help customers and to provide travel information.
Longer trains and more frequent service between O'Hare and Forest Park.
More frequent service and extended service hours from the Loop to 54th/Cermak until approximately 1:30 a.m.
Longer trains and more frequent service between 95th/Dan Ryan and Howard.
More frequent service and extended service until approximately 1:30 a.m. from the Loop to Harlem, East 63rd/Cottage Grove and Ashland/63rd."
For those taking a bus, customers leaving the Loop can board northbound buses along LaSalle, southbound buses along Clark and westbound buses along Madison.