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Illinois State Fair
Ride the Bus to the State Fair! Avoid the Parking Fees! SMTD provides service to the Fair on 3 routes. During the weekdays and Saturdays you can ride Route 2 North 9 to the Fair and get off across from the Main Gate. To go back to downtown, exit the Fair at Gate 2 and go one block south to Joles on Peoria Road to board Route 2 to downtown. Route 1 North 5th provides service to Gate 11 at the Fair every 30 minutes from 6:00 AM to 5:30 PM weekdays and Saturdays. Starting at 6:15 PM you can board the state fair shuttle route and ride to the main gate. Return to the main gate to take the bus to downtown. The routes are open to the public and all regular cash and pass fares apply.
Pre-opening day, bus service begins at 6:00 a.m. Buses operate every 30 minutes until 6:00 p.m. and every 15 minues from 6:00 p.m. until 12:00 a.m. The first Friday opening day and Saturday bus service begins at 6:00 a.m. with buses operating every 30 minutes until 6:00 p.m. and every 15 minutes until 12:30 a.m. Thereafter, bus service begins at 6:00 a.m. Monday through the second Saturday with buses running every 30 minutes until 6:00 p.m. and every 15 minutes thereafter until 12:00 a.m. On both Sundays, service begins at 8:00 a.m. and runs every 15 minutes all day with the last bus leaving the fairgrounds at 12:30 a.m. on the first Sunday and at 12:00 a.m. on the last Sunday. The bus schedule is designed so that you can enjoy a grandstand show and still catch a bus ride home.
Avoid the hassles of the traffic and the cost of parking, come ride the bus to the Illinois State Fair! We are going "Wherever life takes you!"

2013 State Fair Ad: Download PDF (276 KB)

2013 State Fair Schedule: Download PDF (780 KB)
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