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HotelWhiteSox
04-17-2006, 06:49 PM
What's up people, I'm a teen, and hate driving downtown, so plan on taking the train to the game Sunday. Tell me if anything is flawed with this, as I've never used the El or CTA (Got these by looking at maps/Wikipedia online):

- Taking local Metra train to Union Station
- Get on the Blue line at Union Station at the Greyhound terminal (Clinton)and take the Blue line towards OHare
- Transfer to the Red line at Jackson or Washington stop
- Get on Red line towards 95/Dan Ryan and get off at 35th

In the past I've driven or been driven/tagged along,but wanted to try a new experiene. Thanks

FedEx227
04-17-2006, 06:55 PM
- Taking local Metra train to Union Station
- Get on the Blue line at Union Station at the Greyhound terminal (Clinton)and take the Blue line towards OHare
- Transfer to the Red line at Jackson or Washington stop
- Get on Red line towards 95/Dan Ryan and get off at 35th

Well if you don't mind walking, heres what I do.

-Take Metra to Union Station
-Exit onto Jackson St.
-Walk from Jackson to State Street
-Grab the Red Line on State and get off at 35th.

soxfan13
04-17-2006, 06:57 PM
Well if you don't mind walking, heres what I do.

-Take Metra to Union Station
-Exit onto Jackson St.
-Walk from Jackson to State Street
-Grab the Red Line on State and get off at 35th.

That is the easiest, only about a 4 block walk to state

credefan24
04-17-2006, 07:27 PM
That's what I do as well. It's the best option, and most efficient.

havelj
04-17-2006, 07:29 PM
That's it.

C-Dawg
04-17-2006, 08:23 PM
- Taking local Metra train to Union Station


You don't mention where you are starting from, but keep in mind that after night games, the going-home schedules can be few and far between.

Can you drive to one of the end-points of the CTA lines? That's what I do; I drive to the Forest Park Desplaines Ave. terminal on the CTA Blue Line, and ride downtown from there, and transfer to the Red at Jackson. I do this in spite of living right along the busy Metra Union Pacific West Line (I know there could be a 2 hour wait downtown after night games, particularly on weekends. Never have to wait long on the CTA!).

JB98
04-17-2006, 09:22 PM
You don't mention where you are starting from, but keep in mind that after night games, the going-home schedules can be few and far between.

Can you drive to one of the end-points of the CTA lines? That's what I do; I drive to the Forest Park Desplaines Ave. terminal on the CTA Blue Line, and ride downtown from there, and transfer to the Red at Jackson. I do this in spite of living right along the busy Metra Union Pacific West Line (I know there could be a 2 hour wait downtown after night games, particularly on weekends. Never have to wait long on the CTA!).

I endorse this way of getting to the park as well. I live in the far western 'burbs, and driving to the CTA Blue Line terminal has worked out well for me. In addition to avoiding the traffic snarls around the park, you avoid the parking fees.

viagracat
04-17-2006, 09:31 PM
If you live northwest and don't mind some driving, get off at Cumberland on the Kennedy Expy and park at the CTA Blue Line garage there. Take the Blue Line toward the Loop and transfer to the Red Line downtown (they'll mention the transfer options on the intercom). Total cost is about $4.

roylestillman
04-17-2006, 09:46 PM
[quote=C-Dawg]You don't mention where you are starting from, but keep in mind that after night games, the going-home schedules can be few and far between.

Especially on a Sunday. Check your schedule. From Union Station I'd just walk down Jackson to State. Its more than four blocks though -more like six or seven.

StillMissOzzie
04-17-2006, 10:32 PM
What's up people, I'm a teen, and hate driving downtown, so plan on taking the train to the game Sunday. Tell me if anything is flawed with this, as I've never used the El or CTA (Got these by looking at maps/Wikipedia online):

- Taking local Metra train to Union Station
- Get on the Blue line at Union Station at the Greyhound terminal (Clinton)and take the Blue line towards OHare
- Transfer to the Red line at Jackson or Washington stop
- Get on Red line towards 95/Dan Ryan and get off at 35th

In the past I've driven or been driven/tagged along,but wanted to try a new experiene. Thanks
C-Dawg has a valid point, most Metra lines only run hourly in the evening. Driving to one of the Blue line parking lots does have its advantages.

But, if you insist on taking Metra, you might also consider walking a few blocks north on Clinton from Union Station to get on the Green line there. That saves you a train transfer from the Blue to the Red, and the crowds are often much smaller on the Green line than the Red line for your return trip, which may be importaint if you've gotta catch that hourly Metra for the trip home.

SMO
:gulp:

voodoochile
04-17-2006, 10:36 PM
Well if you don't mind walking, heres what I do.

-Take Metra to Union Station
-Exit onto Jackson St.
-Walk from Jackson to State Street
-Grab the Red Line on State and get off at 35th.

You can get on the Ravenswood out at Wells and transfer to the southbound green line over on Wabash. You have to cross the tracks to get going the other way, but it might be a little less walking downtow, not much over all, I suppose because the green line is further from the park.

MrRoboto83
04-18-2006, 06:02 AM
From NW Indiana taking the South Shore to Van Buren stop, walk 2 blocks to state and get on the Red line at Jackson. This has been very smooth for me so far.

SOXPHILE
04-18-2006, 09:15 AM
If you live northwest and don't mind some driving, get off at Cumberland on the Kennedy Expy and park at the CTA Blue Line garage there. Take the Blue Line toward the Loop and transfer to the Red Line downtown (they'll mention the transfer options on the intercom). Total cost is about $4.

That's what I do. Always works out pretty good.

itsnotrequired
04-18-2006, 09:20 AM
I endorse this way of getting to the park as well. I live in the far western 'burbs, and driving to the CTA Blue Line terminal has worked out well for me. In addition to avoiding the traffic snarls around the park, you avoid the parking fees.

Just be aware that some of the L lines are not 24 hours. The Blue and Red are but the other ones are not. If a night game goes way long, you could get burned. This happened to me on Opening Night. I usually take the Red to the Brown but the Brown had already stopped running by the time I got up there. Nothing like a 1.5 mile walk at 2:00 in the morning.:redneck

I know of some other WSIers who parked out in Oak Park and took the Green in to avoid the Ryan, etc. They ended up having to take a cab back to their car.:(:

comet2k
04-18-2006, 09:58 AM
What's up people, I'm a teen, and hate driving downtown, so plan on taking the train to the game Sunday. Tell me if anything is flawed with this, as I've never used the El or CTA (Got these by looking at maps/Wikipedia online):

- Taking local Metra train to Union Station
- Get on the Blue line at Union Station at the Greyhound terminal (Clinton)and take the Blue line towards OHare
- Transfer to the Red line at Jackson or Washington stop
- Get on Red line towards 95/Dan Ryan and get off at 35th

In the past I've driven or been driven/tagged along,but wanted to try a new experiene. Thanks

Hotel,

The CTA Web site, www.transitchicago.com (http://www.transitchicago.com), is a better source than the one you saw. For Metra, it's www.metrarail.com (http://www.metrarail.com) .

For those who don't mind driving downtown, I've been parking on the street near State Street (free on Sundays) and getting on the Red Line at Grand or Lake. Just don't take my spot, okay? :smile:

kravdog
04-18-2006, 10:15 AM
From NW Indiana taking the South Shore to Van Buren stop, walk 2 blocks to state and get on the Red line at Jackson. This has been very smooth for me so far.
folks, dont forget the green line is your friend- esp. after the game...


also, i love the fact that these types threads exist = many more people are going to games...

maurice
04-18-2006, 12:31 PM
also, i love the fact that these types threads exist = many more people are going to games...

Oh, we've had them before, but they usually went something like this:

Noob: How take el to SOx park from NW Station?
voodoo: Just walk to the Red Line.
maurice: Or get on the Green Line at Clinton.
daver: Or just drive and park by IIT.
NSidePaleHose: Are you guys crazy? He'll be KILLED!
voodoo: Actually, it's very safe and a short walk.
daver: I never had a problem.
OrlandSox: Thats the geto! Stay away from projects.
voodoo: The projects were demolished. It's very safe.
maurice: I do it every day, and I'm not dead.
LakeViewSoxFan: Liar! Those project people will kill you!
. . .
And so on for 5 pages.

I guess we've made some progress in overcoming the notion that walking a couple of blocks from the Cell is a death sentence . . . unless you work for the Tribune.

HotelWhiteSox
04-18-2006, 12:35 PM
Thanks for all the info everyone, I looked on the transit site, and decided I'm going to do the park and ride at Cumberland and just get on the blue line and avoid the Metra all together

ohiosoxfan
04-18-2006, 01:04 PM
Speaking of park & ride- I am coming in from Ohio (via NW Indiana) for Sunday's game. I usually arrive about 3 hours prior to game time. Is it smart to use park & ride or since I am coming this early to take the Stony Island/Lake Shore Drive route to 31st and park as normal? Also- is the lot on the other side of the tracks on 35th still 1/2 price for early parkers? A lot of questions, I know- but thanks for any advice I can get.:smile:

voodoochile
04-18-2006, 01:11 PM
Thanks for all the info everyone, I looked on the transit site, and decided I'm going to do the park and ride at Cumberland and just get on the blue line and avoid the Metra all together

You will be going downstairs at the jackson or Washington stops to make the changeover. Get off the platform, go down the stairs, follow the directions to walk one block east underground then go up the stairs and presto you are on the red line tracks. Now it is important that you double check the signs. You want to go south towards 95th/DanRyan.

You can also go upstarirs and walk above or below the sidewalk after exiting through the turnstyles, but then you will need a transfer to get back on the train.

batmanZoSo
04-18-2006, 01:14 PM
I'm gonna park in the free space behind my office building, then blue line and redline it. I'm a block away from the Halsted blue line.

voodoochile
04-18-2006, 01:16 PM
I'm gonna park in the free space behind my office building, then blue line and redline it. I'm a block away from the Halsted blue line.

Why not just take the halsted bus south and walk over? It's only about 3 miles from the blue line and Halsted to the stadium.

itsnotrequired
04-18-2006, 01:17 PM
Why not just take the halsted bus south and walk over? It's only about 3 miles from the blue line and Halsted to the stadium.

Ride the bus? Are you insane?

I actually took the 35th bus to Western on Saturday and then took the Western all the way up to Addison. Counting walking, the total trip was only about 15 minutes more than when I take the Red (or Green) to Brown. It was also waaaay quiter. I slept nearly the whole way.:D:

C-Dawg
04-18-2006, 01:30 PM
You will be going downstairs at the jackson or Washington stops to make the changeover. Get off the platform, go down the stairs, follow the directions to walk one block east underground then go up the stairs and presto you are on the red line tracks.

Several years ago, we had to climb up to street level and then go up to the elevated structure to transfer from Blue to Red. But I think that was back in the days when it was Lake-Dan Ryan instead of Howard-Dan Ryan like it is now. I can't remember when they reconfigured the lines but it was during the period when I used to drive to the park...

Anyway, hopefully I haven't confused the whole thread...

roylestillman
04-18-2006, 01:32 PM
(By now I'm sure that the kid who originally asked the question is searching the Yellow Pages for a cab)

MarySwiss
04-18-2006, 01:37 PM
Originally Posted by viagracat
If you live northwest and don't mind some driving, get off at Cumberland on the Kennedy Expy and park at the CTA Blue Line garage there. Take the Blue Line toward the Loop and transfer to the Red Line downtown (they'll mention the transfer options on the intercom). Total cost is about $4.

You will be going downstairs at the jackson or Washington stops to make the changeover. Get off the platform, go down the stairs, follow the directions to walk one block east underground then go up the stairs and presto you are on the red line tracks. Now it is important that you double check the signs. You want to go south towards 95th/DanRyan.

You can also go upstarirs and walk above or below the sidewalk after exiting through the turnstyles, but then you will need a transfer to get back on the train.

Ahhh! This is all starting to come back to me! I'm thinking this is definitely the way to go from Arlington Heights. Thanks, guys!

doublem23
04-18-2006, 01:39 PM
Avoiding the Metra is not a bad idea, especially given the fact they run trains on a much tighter schedule than the CTA, IIRC. The Blue and Red Lines run all the time, but if you're going to depend on the Metra for service, especially during night weekday games, you better make damn sure how long they are running trains on those tracks because some of them don't even run at night, I think. Maybe I'm wrong, I never ride the Metra, but I recall that's the way it works.

Anyways, for the specific poster in this thread, since it sounds like you are coming from the Northwest, another possibility is this... If you want to take the Metra, get on the Union Pacific Northwest Line (I think that's the one, it's the line that goes through Norwood Park on the NW Side of the city) and take that all the way to Jefferson Park. The Metra and CTA Blue Line share the train terminal there and you literally don't have to go outside to transfer between the two (you do, of course need to pay both fares). Call ahead and make sure the Metra station there is working though. Last time I was at home they were rebuilding the Metra stop at JP and I'm not 100% sure it is opened up yet, but when it does, taking the Metra to JP and then getting on the Blue Line to go the Cell is probably the easiest way to take public transportation to Sox games for Northwest Suburban fans.

http://www.chicago-l.org/stations/images/thumbnails/Ohare/jeffersonpark01t.jpg

mcg
04-18-2006, 02:05 PM
I can't recommend taking Metra on a Sunday. I already checked the schedule for the Northwest Line (I'm going Sunday too and I'm in Palatine). If you don't catch the 10:30pm outbound then you'll be waiting around for the 12:30am outbound. Besides, CTA is cheaper.

Since cash parking is very limited this season I take the Blue Line (get on at Rosemont) and transfer to the Red Line at Washington. Since the Red Line is so crowded after the game I take the Green Line (assuming it's still running) and transfer back to the Blue Line at Clark/Lake.

batmanZoSo
04-18-2006, 02:10 PM
Why not just take the halsted bus south and walk over? It's only about 3 miles from the blue line and Halsted to the stadium.

How is that better than Blue to Red? I'm asking, I've never made this trip before.

The bus is two bucks and the train would be four, right?

voodoochile
04-18-2006, 03:27 PM
How is that better than Blue to Red? I'm asking, I've never made this trip before.

The bus is two bucks and the train would be four, right?

Might be quicker and less crowded. Might not. Price is not part of the equation unless things have changed dramatically since I moved away. Bus might save you $.25 per direction, but that's it.

Getting on the red line going south downtown on game days can be tough, because the cars fill up by the time they get there.

Oh one final bit of advice. Walk to the front end of the platform and get on a car toward the front of the train. Not only will it be less crowded, but the stairs at 35th are on that end of the train.

batmanZoSo
04-18-2006, 04:06 PM
Might be quicker and less crowded. Might not. Price is not part of the equation unless things have changed dramatically since I moved away. Bus might save you $.25 per direction, but that's it.

Getting on the red line going south downtown on game days can be tough, because the cars fill up by the time they get there.

Oh one final bit of advice. Walk to the front end of the platform and get on a car toward the front of the train. Not only will it be less crowded, but the stairs at 35th are on that end of the train.

Yeah skip that, I think I'll take the bus. It's bound to be less crowded now that I think of it because it doesn't drop you off at the park like the train does. And I don't mind walking..Halsted's only a little west of the park anyway.

HotelWhiteSox
04-18-2006, 07:30 PM
Leaving school early to go to the game tomorrow. Just trying to time my trip to figure out if I should go to one of my classes or not, about how long does it take to get to the park from the Blue line transfer stop? Thanks

mcg
04-18-2006, 08:54 PM
Leaving school early to go to the game tomorrow. Just trying to time my trip to figure out if I should go to one of my classes or not, about how long does it take to get to the park from the Blue line transfer stop? Thanks

About 15 minutes. It depends on how quickly you get a Red Line train.

Beer Can Chicken
04-18-2006, 09:08 PM
Ride the bus? Are you insane?

I actually took the 35th bus to Western on Saturday and then took the Western all the way up to Addison. Counting walking, the total trip was only about 15 minutes more than when I take the Red (or Green) to Brown. It was also waaaay quiter. I slept nearly the whole way.:D:

Is that Western bus an express? I hate taking the Red Line at any time of the day. I've been considering the Green to Brown option, havent tried it yet though.

itsnotrequired
04-18-2006, 09:28 PM
Is that Western bus an express? I hate taking the Red Line at any time of the day. I've been considering the Green to Brown option, havent tried it yet though.
Ours wasn't becuase it was a Saturday. Expresses only run on weekdays and stop every 4 blocks (North, Fullerton, Diversy, Belmont, etc.) Still a good experience if you're not in a huge hurry to get home. Green to Brown is a piece of cake but does take a touch longer. Probably a good 10-15 minutes due to the extra walking and the longer time to get up north on the Brown.