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Hi all,

 

I'm coming from out of town for the first two shows in Chicago.  Got my tickets and a hotel but wondering whats it like getting to and from the United Center.   Looking at the map, there are parking locations surrounding the venue but I'd like to know a few things...

 

1. Staying downtown, should I go ahead and drive to the United Center or take a cab?

2. Whats the cab situation after the show?

3. If I should drive to the show, how early can you park?

3. If anyone from Chicago is driving, would you like to pick me up and take me back to my hotel for nights 1 and 2?

(#3 might be along shot, but I figured I'd take it.)

 

Question #4 is even a longer shot but...

 

4. Would anyone from the bands Caravan to and from the United Center like to offer me a ride?

 

Seriously tho, any suggestions are welcome.

 

Thanks

 

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1. It's not that far from downtown. I guess it depends on if you want to pay the $23 for parking and deal with traffic or not. Leaving the UC is kind of annoying if you don't pick the right lot.

 

2. I've seen plenty of cabs but never had to take one.

 

 

I actually got caught in the caravan in the last tour. We left as Moment of Surrender was starting and by the time we made it out of the lots, several black SUVs with police escorts were honking at us to get out of the way.

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Hi all,

 

I'm coming from out of town for the first two shows in Chicago.  Got my tickets and a hotel but wondering whats it like getting to and from the United Center.   Looking at the map, there are parking locations surrounding the venue but I'd like to know a few things...

 

1. Staying downtown, should I go ahead and drive to the United Center or take a cab?

Cab there, bus back; or bus both ways. I think parking in the official lots is around $27-29.

 

2. Whats the cab situation after the show?

Difficult. You are competing with a lot of people for a relatively small number of cabs.

 

3. If I should drive to the show, how early can you park?

On the Vertigo tour they opened one lot around 10am or so because of the GA line. It might be different now, you can call the UC closer to the show dates and ask.

 

 

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How's public transport for the United Center?  Are there any shuttle bus services? 

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I would go with a cab, or Uber. My wife and I use uber in our hometown often. A lot cheap than a DUI and very easy to call a ride with the app.

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Just reserve a limo, they're all over the place 

You going in on one with me?

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The CTA is the bomb for getting to the UC.  Ubers and cabs are extremely scarce.  If you dont want to take the bus, i recommend getting a limo or rental car.

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The buses take you to Michigan Ave. right?  So you could walk back to your hotel from there if you were to get one in that area?

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http://www.transitchicago.com/bus/19/

  • Buses operate from Michigan and Randolph every 16 minutes, starting 90 minutes before event, until start of event.
  • Buses operate south on Michigan and west on Madison when heading to United Center.
  • After event, buses operate every few minutes for up to one hour.
  • No stops are made between Halsted and United Center.

http://www.unitedcenter.com/venue/directions-parking/

To the United Center: The #19 United Center Express Bus service begins 90 minutes prior, runs every 10 minutes until 30 minutes until start of event. Board at stops starting southbound on Michigan and Randolph. Connections are made with Metra trains at Millennium Station, Ogilvie Center and Union Station. The #20 Madison Bus travels west on Madison Street, starting downtown at Wabash Street and runs every few minutes, making all stops to the United Center.

From the United Center: The #19 United Center Express and the #20 Madison buses run every few minutes, departing from the eastbound side of Madison Street. Buses make all stops.

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Options for paying the bus fare:

 

* $2.25 cash. Driver does not have change. You can also pay with a contactless credit/debit card (they cannot run the magnetic strip). NO TRANSFERS with cash.

* If you need a transfer to the El (subway) or another bus line, get a disposable one ride ticket BEFORE you go to the show from the machines at any El station. This will be $3 and includes 2 more transfers within 2 hours of the first ride. Buses do not sell these.

* The cheapest option is if you have the CTA's plastic Ventra card (also available at el stations), but this may not be a great option for tourists as they charge a $5 fee to buy the card (refundable in account after registration) and there might be dormancy fees. It could be worth it though if you're planning on going to several shows using the bus or are using it for more than one person. Bus fare on the card is $2 or the el is $2.25, plus 2 transfers within 2 hours are $.25.

 

http://www.transitchicago.com/riding_cta/how_to_guides/buyingfare.aspx

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Best deals if using CTA for multiple rides: 1 day pass $10, 3 day pass $20, 7 day pass $28

http://www.transitchicago.com/fares/

https://www.ventrachicago.com/howitworks/

 

Options for paying the bus fare:

* $2.25 cash. Driver does not have change. You can also pay with a contactless credit/debit card (they cannot run the magnetic strip). NO TRANSFERS with cash.
* If you need a transfer to the El (subway) or another bus line, get a disposable one ride ticket BEFORE you go to the show from the machines at any El station. This will be $3 and includes 2 more transfers within 2 hours of the first ride. Buses do not sell these.
* The cheapest option is if you have the CTA's plastic Ventra card (also available at el stations), but this may not be a great option for tourists as they charge a $5 fee to buy the card (refundable in account after registration) and there might be dormancy fees. It could be worth it though if you're planning on going to several shows using the bus or are using it for more than one person. Bus fare on the card is $2 or the el is $2.25, plus 2 transfers within 2 hours are $.25.

http://www.transitchicago.com/riding_cta/how_to_guides/buyingfare.aspx

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One other option that may be available is that the West End Tavern oftentimes runs shuttles to the UC for Hawks/Bulls games.  It may be worth calling to see if they are running anything for the concerts.  Could be an alright spot to grab some food/drink beforehand and catch a free ride over to the show.

 

Otherwise, I am in agreement that the bus is the way to go.

 

The Illinois/Medical District stop on the blue line puts you a few blocks away from the UC as well.  Hop on the blue line towards forest park.

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What's the walk like from West End Tavern? Friend and I were thinking of walking if they don't have the shuttle. Doable?

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You're looking at a 15-20 minute walk, so quite do-able.  It's a sportsbar with above-average food.  If you're more interested in good beer, the Beer Bistro a couple more blocks east (away from the UC) also has food, a good beer selection, and is less sports-centric.

 

If you're looking for good food prior to the show, Randolph street in the West Loop has a number of really good options and all would be a very short cab ride from the venue.

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Awesome, Thanks!  That is great info- we were thinking of headed over to the UC early the first day to see the band before (maybe) and then go grab something to eat and come back (we're in seats so no GA line). Day two will be more sightseeing for #2.    Think The Cup might make an appearance?  Parade is tomorrow, correct? 

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For those planning on getting cabs particularly after the show, it will be a nightmare trying to find a cab within a mile as everyone will have the same idea as you...best to walk a bit and then try and get a cab. If you're only a 20 minute walk or so from your hotel/area of stay, it would be wiser just to walk back as you will at least be walking halfway before you manage to get a cab.

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Awesome, Thanks!  That is great info- we were thinking of headed over to the UC early the first day to see the band before (maybe) and then go grab something to eat and come back (we're in seats so no GA line). Day two will be more sightseeing for #2.    Think The Cup might make an appearance?  Parade is tomorrow, correct?

 

The Cup was at two concerts on Friday (Mumford & Sons and Dierks Bentley) so maybe it will show up for U2. The U2 shows will even be at the very same place the Hawks won it.

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