CHICAGO — The Chicago Transit Authority is encouraging people to use public transportation to get to this weekend's Bank of America Chicago Marathon.
CTA is adding bus and rail service to the marathon start and finish in Grant Park on Sunday, as well as to the race expo at McCormick Place on Friday and Saturday. The transit agency also has listed on its website a dozen CTA stops that are close to prime viewing areas along the 26.2-mile route.
Marathon participants and spectators are urged to allow extra travel time and to purchase fares or passes well ahead of time.
Metra is also adding extra service for the Chicago Marathon, including on its Metra Electric line.
The extra inbound train will depart University Park at 4:50 a.m., making all stops through Kensington, stops at 55th.56th/57th streets, Museum Campus and Van Buren before arriving at Millennium Station at 5:52 a.m. The extra outbound train will leave Millennium Station at 1:25 p.m., making stops at Van Buren, Museum Campus, 55th/56th/57th streets and all stops between Kensington and University Park. It will arrive at University Park at 2:30 p.m.
Sunday will mark the 40th Chicago Marathon. More than 40,000 people are expected to participate, and each year about 1.7 million spectators turn out to view the event.