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Public Transportation Offers Best Travel Option for Summer Festivals

June 11, 2015

RTA Trip Planner offers easy way to plan routes to June 13 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:

  • Aurora Green Fest - Learn how to grow food, renew energy, restore nature and recycle at Aurora’s Prisco Community Center, 150 W. Illinois Avenue on June 13.  More than 100 exhibitors will display environmentally friendly practices that everyone can learn from. Visit for more information.
  • Chicago Blues Fest - Be among the hundreds of thousands of Blues fans that will enjoy the largest free Blues festival in the world from June 12 - 15, at Chicago’s Grant Park. Visit for more information.
  • Spring Into Summer Fest - Kick off the summer festivities at Oak Lawn's Village Green, 95th Street and Cook Avenue, on June 13. Choose your favorite best dressed pet strutting the avenue at the local pet parade; enjoy an auto show featuring some of the coolest sets of wheels to be displayed; and patron a variety of area small businesses. For more information about this festival, visit
  • West Loop Craft Beer Fest - Enjoy one of the city's largest craft beer block parties on June 13 at 131 N. Clinton St., between Washington Avenue and Lake Street, outside of the French Market.  Choose from more than 40 breweries and local food vendors and a host of entertainment. Visit for more information.


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

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