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This weekend: bypass Cubs traffic & parking downtown?

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This weekend: bypass Cubs traffic & parking downtown?

Our family got a rental car because we are visiting our daughter in Edgewater and need it for other trips. We want to go downtown and be tourists sometime Friday - Monday. Daughter (who doesn't drive) argues that paying for parking in the city is better than the four of us taking the El from Edgewater to downtown during Cubs games...do you agree?

If so,

1. Best route to the Loop area by car to avoid most Cubs traffic?

2. How long before and after a Cubs game will traffic be backed up?

3. Cheapest parking near Art Institute? (Willing to walk.)


Edited: 12:58 pm, June 18, 2013
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1. Re: This weekend: bypass Cubs traffic & parking downtown?

Taking the EL downtown is $5.50 round trip so for four of you it is $22 round trip. Parking for part of a day, not overnight, is probably between $20 and $30. It's about a wash, although CTA will be slightly cheaper. If you're making multiple trips, you can get 3 day CTA passes that cost less. And if you move the car from lot to lot, like if you go somewhere else after the Art Institute, you'll pay each time you park so driving is only an option if you leave the car in one spot.

Traffic wise, taking the CTA will really not be that bad even on a Cubs game day. You'll easily be able to get on a red line train up north. Might have to stand for a few stops, but at Addison, everyone will get off and it'll be empty. Going back north, you'll get a seat easily downtown and it would only be crowded again after Addision, which is only a handful of stops before Edgwater.

1. From edgewater to the loop, take lake shore drive. This is really the only realistic route, although it will involve Cubs traffic.

2. For a 1:20 game, I'd make sure I downtown before noon. Typically the game ends at 3:30. It's going to be busy going north on the return trip not because of the Cubs but because of rush hour on Friday and all the people going to the beaches so probably does not matter too much when you head back.

3. I would just park in the Millennium Park or Grant Park garages because it's near the Art Institute. For just a day, not sure you'll save more than a few dollars by walking.

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2. Re: This weekend: bypass Cubs traffic & parking downtown?

From a cost perspective, parking and gas will be about the same as 4 Red Line round trip CTA rides. For the Cubs game, even if you ride south around start or game time, the number of people going south on the red line is far less than those riding north from Edgewater. Going home, shouldn't be an issue either.

If you do decide to drive, just get over to Lake Shore Drive and take that down and back. Any shortcuts you try will not save time. Lake Shore Dr is not bad at all in the directions/time you will be going.

You can try the Millennium Lakeside Garage, also called East Monroe Garage. You enter from Columbus near Randolph so very easy to get on and off of Lake Shore Dr, and it $18 for up to 12 hours.

Edited: 1:58 pm, June 18, 2013
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