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Weekend fun in Chicagoland doesn't have to involve frustrating traffic, downtown parking fees and expensive fill-ups. Go car-free and enjoy the journey by riding Metra! With enhanced weekend schedules on the Union Pacific Northwest, Rock Island and BNSF lines, $10 unlimited ride Weekend Passes, unlimited weekend travel for Monthly Pass holders and expanded Family Fares, there is no better time to leave the car at home and let Metra do the driving.

Looking for travel ideas? Metra is #NowApproaching a variety of destinations for date nights, family outings, nature trips and more. We will be sharing some of our favorite Metra getaways all summer long, complete with itineraries, travel advice and ideas to get the most out of your day trip. Check back every Thursday for the latest post!

(August 15, 2019) - Naperville truly is a place for everyone. It’s the fourth largest city in Illinois and houses everything from young families to retirees, high technology firms to thriving small businesses, and world-class parks to a robust... Read More
(August 8, 2019) - The Openlands Lakeshore Preserve is full of wildflowers, trees and inspiring views of Lake Michigan. It’s one of the last remaining ravine and bluff ecosystems in the metropolitan region, and it will remain thanks to the work of... Read More
(July 25, 2019) - Frank Lloyd Wright once said, “the mission of an architect is to help people understand how to make life more beautiful, the world a better one for living in, and to give reason, rhyme, and meaning to life.” Should you find... Read More
(July 18, 2019) - There is something about Woodstock, Illinois, that makes every trip there feel, in the best way, like déjà vu. It’s the same small-town charm, the same storefronts from generations past, the same community-focus that makes each... Read More
(July 11, 2019) - Come to Morton Grove on a bicycle and you will be one of many riding around the charming suburban village on their way to the forest preserve, the public pool, visiting friends, et cetera. Not long after stepping off the Milwaukee... Read More
(July 3, 2019) - Metra’s farthest north destination is the city of Kenosha, a little more than an hour and a half ride on the Union Pacific North Line from downtown Chicago. As Metra’s only destination outside of Illinois, Kenosha is a bit of an... Read More
(June 27, 2019) - When I was considering places to go for an afternoon of exploring, I was looking for something close to a train station. It was a bit drizzly on this particular Saturday, so I wasn’t looking for a far walk. A bike ride was... Read More
(June 20, 2019) - Chicago is a notoriously flat city. Like a lot of the Midwest, the flatness in the Chicagoland area is a product of glaciers that repeatedly extended south and retreated north thousands of years ago – scraping most of the... Read More
(June 13, 2019) - The unassuming town of River Grove may not be the first place that comes to mind as a date night destination. Once you step off of the Milwaukee West Line train onto the platform, you’re very much made aware of the expansive... Read More
(June 6, 2019) - Perhaps Chicago Botanic Garden’s motto Urbs in Horto, or “city in a garden,” reflects the diverse flora and ecosystems all collected within a single 385-acre plot. Or, perhaps it illustrates the garden’s penchant for attracting... Read More
(June 3, 2019) - For my job, I ride a lot of Metra trains. Just about every line, passing nearly every station. Occasionally, I’ll see something from the train window that really catches my eye, and I’ll make a mental note to look into it later. A... Read More
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