Chicago Marathon "L" transportation

Oct 4th, 2002, 07:57 AM
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Chicago Marathon "L" transportation

Hi! Does anyone know whether or not one can take the "L" from Midway Airport to McCormick Place Expo Center for Chicago Marathon packet pick-up next weekend? I've looked at the "L" maps, and though it is not obviously apparent that it goes there I wondered if I was missing something, and that there IS a way to get to McC. Place by "L." Or is bus or cab from Midway a better option?

Oct 4th, 2002, 09:09 AM
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Hello steph:

The "L" does not go directly to McCormick Place. However, you can get there quite easily with a combination of "L" and bus. Take the Orange line train from Midway to the Library station in the Loop (first station in the Loop). Exit and walk three blocks east on Van Buren to Michigan. Catch a southbound #3 bus on Michigan to McCormick Place.

The "L" ride takes about 25 mins, the walk is not even 5 mins, and the bus ride is about 12 mins (the #3 comes every 5-10 minutes most of the day).

The CTA website is very useful and easy to use:

Hope this was helpful
Oct 5th, 2002, 10:20 AM
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Thanks a bunch! You've been a great help. Sounds like a great plan to me.

Oct 5th, 2002, 01:11 PM
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OK, now I really feel stupid. Are you all telling me that it is the L and not the EL? I always thought that it was called the El, short for "elevated". Am I wrong. I guess, I'd only heard it pronounced like in movies or TV, but never seen it in print.
Oct 8th, 2002, 08:14 PM
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People do call it the "El" as a short form for "elevated", since much of the system is elevated. However, I remember seeing maps from the 70s/80s, where the CTA (Chicago Transit Authority) referred to the rapid transit system quite clearly at the "L".

Today, it's usually "offically" referred to as CTA Rapis Transit. But even on ther website, the call it the "L" at times, such as on this page:

Anyway, as with most things like this, it's not that a big deal... Hehe

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