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IA_soxfan
06-07-2006, 11:46 PM
I'm not sure if this is the right board to post this, but I'll give it a whirl. My girlfriend and I are trekking down from Wisconsin on Friday to go to that night's game. We're planning to park at O'Hare and take the subway to the game in order to avoid the Dan Ryan nightmare. What is the best subway route to take? Or, are we going about this all wrong? Is there a way to drive there and avoid the Ryan? Two inquiring sox fan's minds would love to know.

CurtisEBear
06-07-2006, 11:49 PM
Former Wisconsinite here...

If you're taking the subway from O'Hare. You can transfer from the Blue Line to the Red line at either the Lake or Jackson stops. Take the Red Line south to the ballpark.

StillMissOzzie
06-08-2006, 12:35 AM
Former Wisconsinite here...

If you're taking the subway from O'Hare. You can transfer from the Blue Line to the Red line at either the Lake or Jackson stops. Take the Red Line south to the ballpark.

I think you want either the Washington or Jackson stops for the free underground transfer to the Red Line.

SMO
:gulp:

dcb56
06-08-2006, 12:43 AM
I think you want either the Washington or Jackson stops for the free underground transfer to the Red Line.

SMO
:gulp:

Yup, though you could transfer from Blue to Green at Clark/Lake. It's always less crowded than the Red Line both before and after games.

RealMenWearBlack
06-08-2006, 12:51 AM
I'm not sure how much parking is at O'Hare, but you might want to park at either the Rosemont or Cumberland stops because parking is only $3 to $5 IIRC and it's not that far from O'Hare.

getonbckthr
06-08-2006, 12:56 AM
For a slight charge ($10 hey its cheaper than driving down there) you can park by my house and walk the 1 block to the blue line. Hey at least you know the car is safe ( we do require you leave the keys with us):D: .

DumpJerry
06-08-2006, 01:31 AM
Don't park at O'Hare, it's too expensive. Park at the Rosemont Blue Line station (Cumberland exit). Look for the "Park 'N Ride" signs directing you off the highway.

Take the Blue Line (either route into the city, it makes no difference. Just don't get on the one going to O'Hare). The simplest transfer is at Washington to the Red Line. When you get off at Washington, look for the Red Line Transfer on the platform. You will go down stairs, walk through a block-long tunnel and go up the stairs to the Red Line station. Take the train headed to 95th street NOT HOWARD. If you're doing this on a weekday, the Red Line will be crowded, but the ride is short. Get off at Sox-35th and follow the crowd.

Alternative route: get off the Blue Line at Clark/Lake. Go up the escalator at the "front" end of the station (the escalator at the end where the front car of the train is at). Follow the signs to the Green Line and Purple Line. You will go up two more escalators to get to the Green Line platform. There are two platforms for the Green Line, one headed east, one west. You want to be on the same platform as the Green Line, Purple Line and Orange Line (eastbound platform). If you are on the platform for the Green Line and Brown Line (westbound), cross over the bridge to the Green/Orange/Purple Lines platform. Take the Green Line to 35th Street and walk west on 35th. The Green Line my be a little bit less crowded than the Red Line and is only about a two block longer walk at the end.

Hope this helps.

HotelWhiteSox
06-08-2006, 02:02 AM
Browse around transitchicago.com , there you can get exact addresses and more info on parking charges, garage size, and stuff like that of the different stops.

From OHare or that area you're looking at the Blue Line and then a free transfer when in the loop area.

SouthSide_HitMen
06-08-2006, 02:06 AM
I'm not sure how much parking is at O'Hare, but you might want to park at either the Rosemont or Cumberland stops because parking is only $3 to $5 IIRC and it's not that far from O'Hare.

Come into Chicago via 294 South - when you reach O'Hare choose Route 90 / Kennedy into Chicago. It will be very congested at the toll booth but once you get through it stay on your right and exit at Cumberland NORTHBOUND (Note this is the SECOND Cumberland Avenue exit--you want the NORTHBOUND exit, even though the station is actually south of the interstate.) There is a huge parking ramp with a covered connection to the Cumberland station. The first twelve hours of parking at Cumberland costs $1.75.

Get on the Blue line toward Chicago, get off at Washington. There will be a stairway leading downstairs. Go down the stairs and walk the block East to get the Red Line. Take the Red Line in the direction of 95th street and Sox Park is 4 1/2 miles south of the Blue Line / Red Line transfer.

On the way back take the Red Line North to Jackson, get off and walk downstairs / west through the tunnel and you will get to the Blue Line (take the train on your right - the signs will say O'Hare).

Don't monkey around with the Green Line or anything else - this is the simplest / quickest and cheapest route. You should buy the CTA card at the Cumberland station for $8.00. You both can share the same card (it costs $4 per person for the two trips). Bring a $5 and 3 singles because the machine will not give you change if you put in a $10 or $20.

RealMenWearBlack
06-08-2006, 02:15 AM
If you want to visit somewhere else while you're in town you might want to get 24 hour passes because they're only $5 (at least they were before the fare increase of a single ride).

eriqjaffe
06-08-2006, 08:56 AM
Don't park at O'Hare, it's too expensive. Park at the Rosemont Blue Line station (Cumberland exit). Look for the "Park 'N Ride" signs directing you off the highway.That would actually be the Cumberland station, the Rosemont station is the next station towards O'Hare.

IIRC, the parking at Cumberland is cheaper.

ewokpelts
06-08-2006, 09:06 AM
I'm not sure if this is the right board to post this, but I'll give it a whirl. My girlfriend and I are trekking down from Wisconsin on Friday to go to that night's game. We're planning to park at O'Hare and take the subway to the game in order to avoid the Dan Ryan nightmare. What is the best subway route to take? Or, are we going about this all wrong? Is there a way to drive there and avoid the Ryan? Two inquiring sox fan's minds would love to know.you can always take the metra train from kenosha to northwestern station, and then walk 2 blocks to the green line
Gene

SouthSide_HitMen
06-08-2006, 09:46 AM
you can always take the metra train from kenosha to northwestern station, and then walk 2 blocks to the green line
Gene

Actually that is something I would consider (though I would walk the 5 blocks East down Washington to State to catch the Red Line - One train (no transfers) plus less walking overall (when you consider the walk from the Green Line to the Park). Good call Gene.

http://metrarail.com/Sched/cnw_n/cnwn.shtml#MAP

http://metrarail.com/Sched/cnw_n/chicago_ogilvie.shtml

Chip Z'nuff
06-08-2006, 09:53 AM
Free street parking is available if you take the kennedy to Irving. Head west of the expressway and most (if not all) of the side street parking is non metered and non resident sticker. Short walk to the Irving blue line stop
Google a map of Irving park rd and Kedvale

viagracat
06-08-2006, 09:55 AM
Cumberland is the play, absolutely. It's about $5 to park there. Just did it recently.

BTW, the Green Line is the way to go. Last night after the game the Red Line was absolutely jammed with people standing and waiting in the middle of 35th St just to enter the station. Walk two more blocks east to the 35th/IIT/Bronzeville stop and not only did I board the first train, I got a seat.

Transferring to the Green Line downtown will require leaving the subway and going to the elevated. Do it at Lake Street. Make sure the sign on the train either says East 63rd/Cottage Grove or 63rd/Ashland, and get off at the above-mentioned stop.

robiwho
06-08-2006, 09:58 AM
Don't park at O'Hare, it's too expensive. Park at the Rosemont Blue Line station (Cumberland exit). Look for the "Park 'N Ride" signs directing you off the highway.

Take the Blue Line (either route into the city, it makes no difference. Just don't get on the one going to O'Hare). The simplest transfer is at Washington to the Red Line. When you get off at Washington, look for the Red Line Transfer on the platform. You will go down stairs, walk through a block-long tunnel and go up the stairs to the Red Line station. Take the train headed to 95th street NOT HOWARD. If you're doing this on a weekday, the Red Line will be crowded, but the ride is short. Get off at Sox-35th and follow the crowd.

Alternative route: get off the Blue Line at Clark/Lake. Go up the escalator at the "front" end of the station (the escalator at the end where the front car of the train is at). Follow the signs to the Green Line and Purple Line. You will go up two more escalators to get to the Green Line platform. There are two platforms for the Green Line, one headed east, one west. You want to be on the same platform as the Green Line, Purple Line and Orange Line (eastbound platform). If you are on the platform for the Green Line and Brown Line (westbound), cross over the bridge to the Green/Orange/Purple Lines platform. Take the Green Line to 35th Street and walk west on 35th. The Green Line my be a little bit less crowded than the Red Line and is only about a two block longer walk at the end.

Hope this helps.

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DumpJerry
06-08-2006, 03:59 PM
Free street parking is available if you take the kennedy to Irving. Head west of the expressway and most (if not all) of the side street parking is non metered and non resident sticker. Short walk to the Irving blue line stop
Google a map of Irving park rd and Kedvale
That would be my 'hood!

IA_soxfan
06-09-2006, 11:11 AM
Thanks for the help guys. We're taking the Blue in from Cumberland and transferring at Washington. GO SOX!