Fans planning to take the South Shore to Chicago Thursday for the viewing party in Grant Park for the USA vs. Germany World Cup soccer match will have to leave the alcohol at home.
John Parsons, spokesman for the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District, announced the ban Thursday morning.
"Expect crowded conditions on late morning rush hour trains and mid day trains returning from Chicago," Parsons said.
Metra officials on Wednesday announced alcohol would be banned on that commuter rail line's trains as well.
Thousands of spectators are expected to crowd Grant Park for the viewing party on screens at the Petrillo Music Shell. The gates open at 10 a.m. The match begins at 11 a.m.