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Kids ride free on Metra all summer long

(May 22, 2017) - 

Metra announced today that up to three children age 11 and under will be able to ride free with each adult starting this Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.

“Let Metra take you to great destinations this summer so you can spend more time with your family and less time worrying about traffic and parking,” said Metra Executive Director/CEO Don Orseno. “Our $8 Weekend Pass and the fact that kids ride free all summer makes Metra the most affordable option.”

In addition, Metra will offer early getaway service this Friday, May 26 so customers can get a head start on the holiday weekend. Most lines are adding and shifting trains to the early afternoon. Complete details can be found here. Metra will also extend its $8 unlimited ride Weekend Pass to include the Monday holiday.

Metra will operate on a Sunday/holiday schedule on Memorial Day, which means there will be no service on the North Central Service, Heritage Corridor and SouthWest Service Lines.

To help families plan trips on Metra this June, Metra suggests these events, all of which are reached easily by train:

Two Brothers Summer Festival 

June 2-3, RiverEdge Park, 360 N. Broadway, Aurora
Craft beer and music festival. Admission is $25 for pre-sale tickets, and $30 regular price per day.

71st Annual LaGrange Pet Parade and Carnival
June 3, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Cossitt Avenue and LaGrange Road, LaGrange
Parade of pets, marching bands, floats and clowns. Fun for the entire family and free. The LaGrange Carnival is also happening Friday, Saturday and Sunday. There is a fee for the carnival.

Rotary Grove Fest
June 22-25, various locations throughout downtown Downers Grove
Bands, dancing, food, a handmade market and a midway and carnival featuring rides and games to thrill and excite kids of all ages. Entry is free.

Naperville Ribfest
June 30-July 3, Knoch Park, 724 S. West Street, Naperville
Musical acts include Toby Keith (June 30), The B-52s (July 1), A Flock of Seagulls (July 1), Shinedown (July 2), Collective Soul (July 2), Better than Ezra (July 3) and The Wallflowers (July 3). Concert tickets must be purchased in advance.

Annual Block Party at St. Norbert

June 10, 1817 Walters Ave., Northbrook
Kick off the summer season with family and friends. The fun begins at 8 a.m. with the 5K Fun Run and Kids Dash. Afternoon festivities start at 3 p.m. Kids Zone with games, inflatables and DJ. Live bands all day with a headliner at 8 p.m. $5 per person from 3 to 7 p.m.; $10 per person after 7 p.m.

Franklin Park Fest featuring Railroad Day

June 8-10, 9700 Franklin Ave., Franklin Park
This year’s Railroad Day on June 10 will feature a dazzling display of vintage and specialty train cars. Walk on and view the interiors of many rarely seen vintage and classic trains and engines and enjoy mini train rides for kids, train memorabilia and collectibles. Admission is free.

Elgin Ribfest
June 16-18, Festival Park, 132 S. Grove Ave., Elgin
Friday 5-11 p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday noon-7 p.m. Admission is $5, children under 10 are free.

Global Arts Festival
June 24-25, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Bartlett Park, Oak and North Avenues, Bartlett
Art for all including paintings, photography, fiber, sculpture, glass, jewelry, wood and more. There will also be children's art activities in the Bartlett gazebo. Food vendors, wine/beer tent and entertainment stage are featured. Entry is free.

Oak Fest 2017

June 29-July 4, 159th and Central Avenue, Oak Forest (about 1 mile from Oak Forest Station).
Fun bands, great food and carnival rides. Entry is free.

Orland Days

May 31-June 4, 153rd Street Metra Station, Orland Park;
The Orland Park Lions Club hosts five days of live entertainment. Runs from 5-10 p.m. May 31-June 1; 5 p.m.-midnight June 2; noon to midnight June 3; noon to 9 p.m. June 4.

Redhead Days

June 10-11, Everts Park, 130 Highwood Ave., Highwood
11 a.m.-5 p.m.; free admission; any person or creature (within reason) with red hair is invited to participate in photo shoots, a parade and other events; ginger drinks featured, and a vote for favorite carrot cake.

72nd Annual Winnetka Children's Fair
June 9-10, Village Green, 525 Maple Street, Winnetka
Entry is free. Tickets for rides, games and food will be available for purchase.

June 9-11, Clark Street from Foster to Catalpa in Andersonville
A dedicated kids stage will feature local musical favorites. There will also be face painting, a huge inflatable slide and a climbing wall. Suggested donation of $10, kids under 12 and seniors are free.

Arlington Heights Frontier Days Festival 2017

June 30-July 4, Recreation Park, 500 E. Miner, Arlington Heights
Family activities including music, carnival rides, 4th of July Parade, pony rides, an arts and crafts marketplace and much more. Entry is free.

2017 Taste of Des Plaines
June 16-17, Downtown Des Plaines
Kickoff is Friday, June 16 at 5 p.m. for this family-friendly event that features great food from Des Plaines restaurants. Live entertainment on two stages, with the main stage geared towards adults and teens and a second family-friendly stage with live entertainment for all ages. Entry is free.

Taste of Wheaton

June 1-4, Wheaton Memorial Park, 208 W. Union Ave., Wheaton
Food, family programs, carnival rides, children's games and the Cosley Zoo Run for the Animals and Zippity Zoo Run. Entry is free.

Swedish Days
June 20-25, Third and State Streets, Geneva
A midsommar festival offering a week full of family-friendly activities. Special events include the annual parade, Kid's Day, a three-on-three basketball tournament, a carnival, the 5K Lopp race, the Granquist Music Competition and Sweden Vast – an area of the festival dedicated to all things Swedish. Food booths offer a variety of items, some available only during the fest. In addition, many local merchants offer some of their best deals of the year. Admissions is free.

For more information about events and activities along the Metra system and complete station and schedule information, please visit

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