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Public Transportation Offers Best Travel Option for Summer Festivals

July 15, 2015

RTA Trip Planner offers easy way to plan routes to July 17 weekend festivities

CHICAGO – Summer fun is just a short ride away and the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) is reminding riders that they can beat the traffic by taking the fastest and most convenient way to get around the region: public transportation. Take a bus or train to enjoy family time, meet friends at an event or just enjoy our great city.

Riders can use the RTA’s Trip Planner to plan travel and select routes with ADA accessible services when necessary.  It is the only website in the region that provides a variety of options for getting around by using transit, walking, bicycling and driving. For more information about how the RTA Trip Planner can help you plan your next trip, visit

Enjoy some of these featured weekend events:

  • Pitch Fork Music Festival - Celebrating its 10th year, this internationally recognized festival will bring more than 40 bands from July 17-19 at Chicago's Union Park, 1501 W Randolph St, Chicago. The festival will highlight the best in new and emerging music. Learn more about the Pitch Fork Music Festival.
  • Chicago Craft Beer Festival – This festival has grown in wild popularity to become the Windy City's hottest specialty beer gathering on Sheffield Avenue between Webster and Fullerton Avenue.  Beginning July 18, this two-day event will draw an eclectic mix of brew lovers. Learn more about the Chicago Craft Beer Festival.
  • Kane County Fair– Rated Fox Valley's top summer event, this year's fair features some of the best live music, carnival rides and if you're daring, the latest grandstand event, the Jack Axe Competition that will test your strength. Visitors can enjoy a variety of activities at the Kane County Fair Grounds, 525 S. Randall Road, St. Charles, until July 19.  Learn more about the Kane County Fair.


About the RTA

The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) is the only transit agency charged with regional financial oversight, funding, and transit planning for the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), Metra and Pace bus and paratransit.    Riders take more than two million trips each weekday on the RTA region’s transit system in six counties with 7,200 transit route miles throughout Northeastern Illinois.  The Agency also provides customer services including online and telephone travel planning assistance and travel training for seniors and people with disabilities.  For more information, visit

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Melissa Meyer

Communications Manager
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