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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.

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.

MUSEUMS

The following offers some museums that are accessible via Meta. 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

November 15-17
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

November 19
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

November 14, 20 and 21

Smart Museum of Art, 5550 S. Greenwood Avenue

Free every day.

Swedish American Museum, 5211 N. Clark Street

Second Tuesday of the month.

MILLENNIUM PARK

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.

SPORTS

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.

ALL SEASONS

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.

Riverwalk

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.

METRA WALKING TOURS

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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