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Summer's gone, but there is still plenty of fun to be had in and around Chicago, and Metra can take you to it. On weekends, up to 3 children 11 and under ride free with each adult! And as always, with Metra's unlimited ride Weekend Pass, you can ride all day on both Saturday and Sunday for just $8. Buy the pass on the train, at a station or from your smartphone with the Ventra App.

Metra is making it easier for families to take in a variety of holiday events by extending its popular weekend “Family Fares” program to weekdays during the last two weeks of December. That means up to three children aged 11 and under can ride for free with each adult from Dec. 16 through Jan. 1.

Conveniently located Divvy bike stations and CTA connections make it easy to get to downtown destinations or take a test drive with our rideshare partner Uber. Download the app, request a ride, and a nearby driver will arrive in minutes. Enter promo code METRACOMMUTE for your first ride free up to $15. Expires 12/31/17. Not valid on uberCAB.

By taking Metra, you'll enjoy the stress-free way to travel and the kids will enjoy the fun and excitement of a train ride. 

Visit our Travel Guides page that offers ideas and includes easy-to-use travel information from your downtown station to the Chicago destinations you will be visiting. 

Click here to locate your rail line, find a station or to check fares and schedules.


The following offers some museums that are accessible via Metra. Others can be reached using a combination of CTA and Metra services. Some museums are free year round, others offer free evenings. Proof of Illinois residency is required for free admission. Be sure to check with the individual museum for any other rules or restrictions.

Adler Planetarium,1300 S. Lake Shore Drive

December 4-10

Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S. Michigan Avenue

Thursday evening from 5 – 8 pm. Children under age 14 are always free. Chicago residents between the ages of 14 and 17 are free. Children must present a school ID, driver’s license or report card.

Chicago Children’s Museum, 700 E. Grand Avenue

First Sunday of each month for visitors 15 and under. Free for all visitors on Thursday evenings 5 – 8 pm.

Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark Street

Every Tuesday from 12:30 – 7:30 pm.

Clarke House Museum, 1827 S. Indiana Avenue

Always free. One-hour guided tours are offered Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 1 pm and 3 pm. 

DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Place

Every Tuesday.

Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago Money Museum, 230 S. LaSalle Street

Daily guided visit at 1 pm. (Monday – Friday)

Field Museum, 1400 S Lake Shore Drive

December 3, 24

Glessner House Museum, 1800 S. Prairie Avenue

Every Wednesday.

Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago Avenue

Every Tuesday. 

Museum of Contemporary Photography, 600 S. Michigan Avenue

Free every day.

National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 W. 19th Street

Free every day.

The Oriental Institute Museum,1155 E. 58th Street

Free every day.

Shedd Aquarium, 1200 S. Lake Shore Drive

Smart Museum of Art, 5550 S. Greenwood Avenue

Free every day.

Swedish American Museum, 5211 N. Clark Street

Second Tuesday of the month.


Open daily, 6 am – 11 pm

Located on Michigan Avenue between Randolph and Monroe Streets, Millennium Park is a must visit. Home to “Cloud Gate”, the sculpture that has become a Chicago favorite and the Lurie Garden 3.5 acre garden that pays homage to the City’s motto, “Urbs in Horto” (City in a Garden), it is a wonderful way to enjoy the outdoors in Chicago.


If you’re going to see the Bulls or Blackhawks, the CTA’s #19 United Center Express is an easy connection from Metra’s downtown stations.


Navy Pier

The Pier is undergoing many developments but there is always something going on at Navy Pier. From cultural programming and seasonal celebrations, there’s a lot to discover all year long.


The Riverwalk offers a variety of opportunities to find the beauty and spirit of the Chicago River and provides a unique perspective of the city. Public art exhibitions, music and special events are offered seasonally.

Lakefront Trail

One of the most beautiful and accessible shorelines of any city in the world, this Chicago gem includes paved pathways that are ideal for walking, jogging and roller-blading, weather permitting.


Take Metra downtown and go on a walking tour to see some of the city’s best architecture, public art and other uniquely Chicago points of interest. 

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