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jehosaphat
07-03-2006, 09:41 PM
I'm going to my first Sox game of the year on Wednesday. Driving from Bloomington/Normal. Given what I have heard about the Dan Ryan, I'm inclined to take I55 to the Midway Station, where I understand there is a lot of parking. Then will take the Orange line to Roosevelt and then the Red line to the park. Does anyone have any better ideas for a "quicker" in and out?

JB98
07-03-2006, 09:53 PM
I'm going to my first Sox game of the year on Wednesday. Driving from Bloomington/Normal. Given what I have heard about the Dan Ryan, I'm inclined to take I55 to the Midway Station, where I understand there is a lot of parking. Then will take the Orange line to Roosevelt and then the Red line to the park. Does anyone have any better ideas for a "quicker" in and out?

I think your plan is pretty solid. I always park at the L Station in Forest Park, and take the train to the Cell.

viagracat
07-03-2006, 09:53 PM
That sounds pretty reasonable.

dcb56
07-03-2006, 09:56 PM
I'm going to my first Sox game of the year on Wednesday. Driving from Bloomington/Normal. Given what I have heard about the Dan Ryan, I'm inclined to take I55 to the Midway Station, where I understand there is a lot of parking. Then will take the Orange line to Roosevelt and then the Red line to the park. Does anyone have any better ideas for a "quicker" in and out?

Don't believe everything you hear about the Ryan. I tailgate Friday games and drive down the Ryan to get to the stadium, usually between 5:00-5:30, and traffic is no worse than it was before construction started.

jehosaphat
07-03-2006, 09:58 PM
Thanks - two votes of confidence is good enough for me and a moderator can move this so called "thread" to the parking lot if he or she wants - I realize it is far from the most exciting thread to read. I do appreciate the help.

jehosaphat
07-03-2006, 09:59 PM
Don't believe everything you hear about the Ryan. I tailgate Friday games and drive down the Ryan to get to the stadium, usually between 5:00-5:30, and traffic is no worse than it was before construction started.

OK - but to get out from the game and back to Bloomington would be slow, right? I have a sitter and have to return that evening/early morning.

Again, thanks to all.

dcb56
07-03-2006, 10:20 PM
OK - but to get out from the game and back to Bloomington would be slow, right? I have a sitter and have to return that evening/early morning.

Again, thanks to all.

Keep in mind taking the Red/Green Line up to Roosevelt, transferring to the Orange Line and riding out to Midway will take quite a bit of time, especially after the game where there are large crowds with less frequent train service becuase it'll be pretty late in the evening.

It takes no time to get to 55 from the cash parking lots after the game. If you park in E, it will empty onto 37th street. 37th gets pretty bad after the games let out, so what you'll want to do is get down to Pershing as quickly as possible, which can be achieved by turning south once you get to Normal or Parnell. If you take Normal, be warned, it dead ends at Pershing but there is an alley you can use to get over to Parnell. Same thing with Lot F only that lot will empty onto 38th. In both instances when you leave the parking lot you will want to turn right. Once you get to Pershing, take that until you get to Damen then turn north and take that until you get to 55. I would avoid getting on 55 at Ashland becuase that intersection is still under construction and traffic tends to back up easily for people wanting to turn left onto 55.

viagracat
07-03-2006, 10:32 PM
Don't believe everything you hear about the Ryan. I tailgate Friday games and drive down the Ryan to get to the stadium, usually between 5:00-5:30, and traffic is no worse than it was before construction started.

Not so fast. Ryan traffic has definitely picked up since earlier this year. However, from I-55 you're not on the Ryan long before you get to the ballpark, so it may be tolerable.

I will stand on my earlier advice, although consider taking the Green Line to the Orange Line after the game. It's a zoo on the Red Line after a game.

Slats
07-03-2006, 10:44 PM
Why the heck would you want to take the train in? Complete waste of time.

The easy way to get to see
The World Champion (god I still love saying that) White Sox

You'll be coming up I-55
I-55 to California Street exit.
Take California south (right) three stoplights to Pershing.
Turn left on Pershing.
Stay on Pershing all the way to the south parking lots.
They'll be on your left.
Quick and easy. :cheers:

VA_GoGoSox
07-03-2006, 11:22 PM
Why the heck would you want to take the train in? Complete waste of time.

The easy way to get to see
The World Champion (god I still love saying that) White Sox

You'll be coming up I-55
I-55 to California Street exit.
Take California south (right) three stoplights to Pershing.
Turn left on Pershing.
Stay on Pershing all the way to the south parking lots.
They'll be on your left.
Quick and easy. :cheers:


This is correct. I used to live in Bloomington and there is no need to take the train.

FoulTerritory
07-04-2006, 02:21 AM
Why the heck would you want to take the train in? Complete waste of time.

The easy way to get to see
The World Champion (god I still love saying that) White Sox

You'll be coming up I-55
I-55 to California Street exit.
Take California south (right) three stoplights to Pershing.
Turn left on Pershing.
Stay on Pershing all the way to the south parking lots.
They'll be on your left.
Quick and easy. :cheers:

I third this.

I've come up from bloomington 5 times this season and taken this route. Its a breeze. Way better than getting on a train. The route above is your best option. No doubt.