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The City & CTA Are Getting Ready For Obama's Speech Tuesday

By Rachel Cromidas in News on Jan 9, 2017 10:56PM

President Obama speaks during one of his final press conferences at the White House. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty)

The CTA is ramping up service around the time of President Barack Obama's Farewell address Tuesday evening.

Longer Green Line trains will run from 6 p.m. until 1 a.m., and more frequent #3 King Drive buses will run from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The CTA strongly suggests visitors taking the CTA trains transfer to the Green Line and get off at the Green Line's Cermak-McCormick Place stop, which is three blocks from the convention center.

The CTA also recommended in a Monday afternoon announcement that riders plan ahead and purchase their CTA fares early so that they aren't stuck in lines at the fare machines.

Also, in anticipation of the speech drawing crowds (thousands lined up in the early morning cold this weekend just for a chance to score a ticket), several Museum Campus museums are closing early to beat the rush near McCormick Place. The Field Museum will close at 1 p.m., and the Adler Planetarium and Shedd Aquarium will close at 1:15 p.m., the Sun-Times reports.

Doors open for Obama's speech at 5 p.m., and the speech is scheduled to start at 8 p.m.