I had to go from the area of Lawrence and Damen to the area of Sheffield and Clybourn and it took me about an hour (took Damen straight down). Turns out where I needed to be was a block from the fire that pretty much shut everything down. How's that for luck?
I caught my usual 6:30am brown line @ Addison. The attendant told me there was problems and I should switch to the red at Belmont. On the brown line train, the driver said the brown was going through the subway to 35th. I had a few extra blocks to walk but otherwise not bad.