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See the Full 2018 CTA Holiday Train, Bus Schedule

The CTA Holiday train will make its way through all "L" lines in late-November and December

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    See the Full 2018 CTA Holiday Train, Bus Schedule
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    Chicago commuters will soon be riding in holiday style! 

    The Chicago Transit Authority has announced its 2018 holiday train and bus schedule, which continues through the end of December. 

    The holiday train and elves' workshop train will not only be bringing commuters to their destinations this season, it will also deliver food baskets to charities across the city, the transit agency announced. 

    The train is a tradition decades in the making, beginning on the Blue Line in 1992 with a simple "Season's Greetings from the CTA" sign on a train that delivered food to various charities. 

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    Now, the train has evolved, bringing Santa on board as he waves to riders from his sleigh at the front of the train. 

    The holiday train and elves' workshop train will be wrapped in festive gear and adorned with thousands of twinkling lights. Inside, riders will be greeted by Santa's elves, who will have "plenty of candy canes for good boys and girls," the CTA said. 

    The 60-foot holiday bus will also be transformed into a "winter wonderland" with "Ralphie the Reindeer" and Santa's sleigh in tow. Strings of lights will outline the bus and its windows along with 3-D antlers up top and a ruby light at the front of the bus. Some riders will even be able to take photos with Santa. 

    The CTA Holiday train will make its way through all "L" lines in late-November and December from 1-8 p.m. on weekends and 3-7 p.m. on some weekdays. Every Saturday, the holiday train will be followed by the elves' workshop train to "allow more to enjoy this one of a kind holiday experience."

    The holiday bus will run from Nov. 27 through Dec. 23. 

    Here's a look at the train and bus schedules: 

    BUS:

    NOTE: Schedule times are approximate

    Tue 11/27

    #56 Milwaukee

    12:45p: NB from Madison/Wabash

    Wed 11/28

    #56 Milwaukee

    12:30p: SB from Jefferson Park Blue Line

    Photo session @ Jefferson Park Blue Line

    approx. 3:30p-4:30p

    Thu 11/29

    #92 Foster, #91 Austin 

    12:25p: WB as #92 from Berwyn Red Line to Jefferson Park Blue line

    1:25p: SB as #91 from Jefferson Park Blue Line

    6:45p: EB as #92 from Jefferson Park Blue Line to Berwyn Red Line

    Fri 11/30

    #22 Clark

    photo day 

    12:30p

    SB from Howard Terminal (Red/Purple/Yellow lines)

    Photo session @Howard Terminal

    approx: 4p-5p

    Sat 12/1

    #22 Clark/#97 Skokie

     photo day

    12:40p: WB as #97 from Howard Terminal to Old Orchard

    Photo session @Old Orchard

    approx: 1:35p-2:30p

    3:40p: SB as #22 from Howard Terminal to Harrison/Clark

    Tue 12/4

    #66 Chicago

    photo day

    12:00p: EB from Chicago/Austin

    Photo session @ Navy Pier

    approx. 4:15p-5:15p

    Wed 12/5

    #66 Chicago

    12:25p: EB from Chicago/Austin

    Thu 12/6

    #126 Jackson

    photo day

    1:50p: EB from Jackson/Austin

    Photo session @ Jackson/Austin

    approx. 4:20p-5:20p

    Fri 12/7

    #12 Roosevelt

    photo day

    1:05p: EB from Harrison/Central

    Photo session @ Harrison/Central

    approx. 3:30p-4:30p

    Sat 12/8

    #12 Roosevelt

    1:10p: EB from Harrison/Central

    Tue 12/11

    #31 31st

    2:00p: EB from Ashland Orange Line

    2:40p: WB from 33rd Place/Lake Meadow

    3:15p: EB from Ashland Orange Line

    NOTE: the final trip will depart at 4p from 33rd Place/Lake Meadow to Sox-35th Red Line

    Wed 12/12

    #29 State

    photo day

    12:50p: NB from 95th Red Line

    Photo session @ Navy Pier

    approx. 5:25p-6:25p

    Thu 12/13

    #29 State

    12:50p: NB from 95th Red Line

    Fri 12/14

    #28 Stony Island

    photo day

    1:10p: NB from Olive Harvey College to 47th/Lake Park

    3:05p: NB from Olive Harvey College to Union Station

    Photo sessio @ Union Station

    approx. 4:45p-5:45p

    Sat 12/15

    #62 Archer

    photo day

    12:20p: NB from Midway Orange Line

    Photo session @ Midway Orange Line

    approx. 3:05p-4:05p

    Sun 12/16

    #62 Archer

    1:10p: SB from Kinzie/Sate

    Wed 12/19

    #49 Western, #X49 Western Exp.

    photo day

    12:30p: NB as #49 from 79th/Western

    2:30p: SB as #X49 from Berwyn/Western

    Photo session @ 79th/Western

    approx. 4:25p-5:25p

    5:40p: NB as #X49 from 79th/Western

    7:25p: SB as #49 from Berwyn/Western

    Thu 12/20

    #79 79th

    photo day

    12:40p: EB from 79th/Western

    1:55p: WB from 79th/Lake Front to Ford City Mall

    Photo session @ Ford City Mall

    approx. 3:25p-4:25p

    Fri 12/21

    #3 King Drive

    12:20p: NB from 95th/Chicago State U.

    Sat 12/22

    #3 King Drive

    photo day

    1:45p: SB from Ontario/Fairbanks

    Photo session @ 95th/Chicago State U.

    approx. 3:30p-4:30p

    Sun 12/23

    #87 87th

    12:05p: EB from 88th/Cicero to 91st/Commercial

     

    TRAIN:

    * = Elves' Workshop Train to follow

    Green Line & Orange Line 11/23

    Green Line* 11/24 (photo day)

    Green Line & Orange Line 11/27

    Orange Line & Brown Line 11/28

    Orange Line & Brown Line 11/29

    Orange Line & Brown Line 11/30

    photo dayOrange Line & Brown Line* 12/1

    Pink Line 12/4

    Pink Line 12/5

    Blue Line 12/6

    Blue Line 12/7

    Blue Line (+ photo-only stop on Pink Line)* 12/8 (photo day)

    Red Line 12/11

    Purple Line 12/12

    Red Line 12/13

    Purple Line 12/14

    Red Line & Purple Line* 12/15 (photo day)

    Purple Line 12/20

    Yellow Line 12/21

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