I have been all around CTA's website today, and there isn't much help there, so...
My wife and I will be in Chicago in a few weeks: We will be arriving at Union Station via Amtrak. We need to get to McCormick Place via public transportation.
Looking at the CTA map, it looks like we could:
--Walk south from Union Station and get on the Blue Line at Clifton.
--Transfer to the Red Line at Jackson.
--Get off the Red Line/Get on Bus 21 at ChinaTown and get dropped off right in front of McCormick Place.
Okay, now some questions:
--It will be 11pm or later when we do this on a Thursday. Are any of those areas safe? Are we going to get mugged if people see us dragging our suitcases around ChinaTown at 11pm or later?
--Do I have to get a transit card/pass. CTAís website says only the buses accept cash? I canít use cash on the trains?!?!
--What is this Metra thing? It seems to take us through a safer part of town, but it only runs once an hour? Do the transit cards/passes pay for the Metra as well?
I visited Chicago with a friend a few years ago and used CTA just for fun. We had nowhere to be at any set time, so we just rode trains, busses, and trolleys for the heck of it. This time, though, my wife and I have to be on a schedule, we have places to be, and itís going to be late at night. (That being said, my friend and I rode from downtown to the OíHare airport at 11pm-1am just for the heck of it. Later, I was told we were insane to attempt that.)
Thoughts? Advice? Thanks in advance.
P.S. I used to belong to a city-type forum that could answer this, too, but I canít find that forum again!