South Shore Line adding trains for Chicago Air & Water Show

The South Shore Line is adding trains to and from the Chicago Air & Water Show.

Thousands of spectators will pack the Lake Michigan coastline this weekend to see aerial daredevilry, the soaring Blue Angels and beloved retired Cubs icon David "Grandpa Rossy" Ross tandem jump with the U.S. Army Golden Knights at the Chicago Air & Water Show.

So the South Shore Line is adding more trains into and out of the city this Saturday and Sunday.

An extra westbound train to Millennium Station will depart at 9:57 a.m. from Portage/Ogden Dunes, making all the regular stops in the city for visitors to the Air & Water Show. An extra eastbound train will return home to Indiana, leaving Millennium Station at 4:25 p.m., making a stop at Van Buren Street at 4:28 p.m. and running nonstop to Hegewisch, after which point it will make all the regular stops up to Michigan City.

Anyone headed to the air show will have to leave booze and bikes behind.

"The South Shore will need all available seats to provide service to passengers attending the Air & Water Show," the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District said in a news release. "This is the final weekend in which bike restrictions are in effect this year."

While drinking alcohol is normally allowed on the commuter train so long as it's not in a glass bottle, it will be banned this weekend, as it usually is for big events, such as the recent Blackhawks and Cubs championship celebrations in Grant Park.

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Joseph S. Pete is a Lisagor Award-winning business reporter who covers steel, industry, unions, the ports, retail, banking and more. The Indiana University grad has been with The Times since 2013 and blogs about craft beer, culture and the military.