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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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