The upcoming Fourth of July holiday and Taste of Chicago, the annual food fest Downtown, means regular Metra schedules will be modified or supplemented this coming weekend. Sunday, June 27, Metra is adding some extra trains to handle the weekend crowds for the Taste of Chicago.
On Friday, July 2, Metra will operate a special "early quit' schedule for the numerous commuters who typically leave their offices earlier than usual in advance of a three-day weekend. The modified schedule includes some extra trains and some trains being moved from the rush-hour to earlier in the afternoon.
Metra's July 3 schedule will be considerably different from prior years because Chicago will not have fireworks that day. Instead, the Taste of Chicago will close at 7 p.m. and there will be no fireworks at Grant Park. So, Metra will operate a regular Saturday schedule on July 3, with some additional service to handle the Taste of Chicago crowds.
On Sunday, July 4, Chicago will hold three separate fireworks shows along the lakefront: one at Montrose, one at Navy Pier, and one at 63rd. Metra will operate extra service that day to handle crowds from the Taste of Chicago and the Navy Pier fireworks show. Outbound extras will depart at about 6:30 p.m. for people attending the Taste, which closes at 6 p.m. More outbound extras will operate after the Navy Pier fireworks.
For the fireworks show at 63rd, Metra Electric trains will be available after the show at 55th/56th/57th St. Station. To help manage the crowds, the stations at 59th and 63rd will be closed from 6 p.m. to midnight.
On Monday, July 5, Metra will operate a Sunday/Holiday schedule in observance of Independence Day.