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Public Transportation Offers Best Travel Option for Summer Festivals

July 1, 2015

RTA Trip Planner offers easy way to plan routes to July 3 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:

  • African/Caribbean International Festival of Life - Enjoy spectacular music, food, arts and crafts, among other activities at this family-friendly festival July 3-5 at Chicago's Union Park, 1501 W. Randolph St. More than 70 acts, featuring the best of Reggae, Caribbean, Latin, African, Rock, Pop, R&B, Gospel and other world music entertainers. Learn more about the African/Caribbean festival.
  • Chosen Few Picnic: House Music Festival - Celebrate Chicago's homegrown dance genre at the 25th annual Chosen Few Picnic on July 4 in Jackson Park, 63rd and Hayes Drive. Be among the more than 45,000 dance music fans scheduled to attend. Learn more about the Chosen Few Picnic.
  • Naperville Ribfest – Enjoy this award-winning festival full of delicious food, live music and family fun from July 2 - 5 in Naperville's Knoch Park, 724 S. West St. Learn more about Naperville Ribfest.


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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