Travel Guides

Day Trips

Aboard Metra, all tracks lead to fun in the city. But Metra's convenient service and flexible schedules also make us the smart choice to some of the Chicago area's more popular destinations, most within walking distance or a quick bus ride from the train stations. Depending on the season, there are plenty of places to go and Metra can take you there.

Our 10-Ride Ticket can be shared by people riding together. And the best deal coming and going is our $8 Weekend Pass. It's good for unlimited rides on all Metra lines all Saturday and Sunday, and with Family Fares, you can take children age 11 and under along for free.* Tickets can be purchased at all downtown stations. The $8 Weekend Pass is also available on the train.

Silver Cross Field
815-726-2255
Home of the Joliet Slammers
Rock Island District Line

Hollywood Casino
1-800-888-7777
49 W Galena Blvd
Aurora, IL 60506
BNSF
Board at Union Station and ride to the Aurora Station.

Grand Victoria Casino
847-468-7000
250 S Grove Ave
Elgin, IL 60120-6447
Milwaukee District West Line
Board at Union Station and ride to the National Street Station.

Hollywood Casino
1-800-427-7247
151 N. Joliet Street
Joliet, IL 60432
Rock Island District Line
Board at LaSalle Street Station and ride to the Joliet Station.

Arlington Park Racetrack
847-255-4300
Spend an afternoon at beautiful Arlington Park, considered one of the nation’s top thoroughbred racetracks. Enjoy the excitement and non-stop thrills of horse racing in a family setting. Race days are generally Wednesday through Sunday, May through September. Post time 1:00 p.m., Friday 3:00 p.m.
Union Pacific Northwest Line
Board at Ogilvie Transportation Center and ride to the Arlington Park Station.

847-266-5100
Music under the stars with world-renowned performers of classical, pop, jazz and dance. Evening performances are June through early September. Call for dates and times.
Board at Ogilvie Transportation Center and ride to the Ravinia Park Station.

Brookfield Zoo
708-485-0263
Known for beautifully recreated natural exhibits where a variety of species cohabit as they do in the wild. Tour the zoo via motorized safari rides in the summer and heated shuttle buses in the winter.
Burlington Northern Santa Fe
Board at Union Station and ride to the Hollywood Station.

Museum of Science and Industry
773-684-1414
Just south of the Loop area, this magnificent museum has hands-on exhibits for the whole family including a 727 Airplane, the U505 Submarine, a space exhibit, a coal mine tour, a virtual reality exhibit, a giant heart and brain, and more.
Metra Electric District
Board at Millennium or Van Buren Street Station and ride to the 57th Street Station; walk two blocks east.

The Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park at Governors State University
708-534-4486
Encounter major works by masters of contemporary sculpture at the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park. Established in 1978, the park has grown into a major collection of 26 works that is set within the wild prairie swales of the Governors State University campus. Located just 34 miles south of downtown Chicago, the park is easily accessible aboard Metra Electric to the University Park station. The park is less than a mile walk from the Metra Station, and shuttle service is also available to Governors State University on Pace bus 367.

DuPage Children’s Museum
630-637-8000
The DuPage Children’s Museum is a unique discovery center where children and adults learn and play together.
BNSF Board at Union Station and ride to the Naperville Station.

Six Flags Great America
847-249-4636
The Midwest’s most exciting theme park with heart pounding thrill rides, exciting shows and many other attractions. Open May - October. Call for dates and times.

Union Pacific North Line Board at Ogilvie Transportation Center and ride to the Waukegan Station.

  • Walk south up the hill about one block to Washington Street. Turn right, walk west on Washington Street one block to Sheridan Road.
  • At the NE corner of Washington Street and Sheridan Road, board either Pace Bus Rte. 572 or Rte. 565.

Elmhurst Art Museum
630-834-0202
The Museum's award winning architectural structure incorporates the Ludwig Mies van der Rohe-designed McCormick House and contains museum galleries, an education center and a variety of outdoor sculpture. Located in beautiful Wilder Park with picnic and playground facilities, it is only one block south of Metra's Elmhurst Station.
Union Pacific West Line
Board at Ogilvie Transportation Center and ride to the Elmhurst Station.

Chicago Botanic Garden
847-835-5440
Discover nine enchanted islands surrounded by water and wonder, with breathtaking gardens to explore, lakes and bridges to cross, and a waterfall garden to climb! There’s even a special train garden for families to enjoy in spring, summer and fall. Tram tours, summer evenings with live music, outdoor dining and sunsets could all be found at the Chicago Botanic Garden.
Union Pacific North Line
Board at Ogilvie Transportation Center and ride to the Braeside Station where you can walk west on Lake Cook Road approximately 1 mile to the Gardens. On Sundays during summer months, you can travel to Metra’s Glencoe Station, then hop aboard the Garden trolley.

Metropolis Ballroom
847-870-8787
ON STAGE at Metropolis Ballroom Of Arlington Heights, Overlooking Harmony Park - Where every event is an opportunity to meet the artist in person!
Union Pacific Northwest
Board at Ogilvie Transportation Center to the Arlington Heights Station; Walk two blocks south.

Metropolis Performing Arts Centre
847-577-2121
From theatre and music to comedic acts, dance ensembles, children's shows and a cool music series, Metropolis Performing Arts Centre has something for every member of the family.
Union Pacific Northwest
Board at Ogilvie Transportation Center to the Arlington Heights Station; Walk two blocks south.

Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust
708-848-1500
Visit Hemingway’s birth place and museum. See the world’s largest collection of Frank Lloyd Wright structures...and take a self-guided walking tour of historic Oak Park.
Union Pacific West Line
Board at Ogilvie Transportation Center and ride to the Oak Park Station.

SciTech Hands on Museum
630-859-3434
An interactive science and technology center with over 200 hands-on exhibits on weather, light and color heat, mathematics, sound and music, and magnets and electricity.
BNSF
Board at Union Station and ride to the Aurora Station.

Tinley Park Convention Center
708-342-5485
Connected to Metra’s Rock Island Line at the downtown Tinley Park Station on Oak Park Avenue via Pace bus #386, the Tinley Park Convention Center is known for its contemporary atmosphere and state of the art space, making it a preferred venue for major conventions, trade shows, meetings, and special events of all kind.
Rock Island District Line

Fashion Outlets Chicago
847-928-7500
Chicagoland’s newest designer shopping mecca! Located about two blocks from Metra’s Rosemont Station (NCS), you can design your shopping excursion around Metra’s convenient, comfortable service. Weekday service only.
Take the North Central Service (NCS) to the Rosemont Station

Premium Outlets Chicago
630-585-2200
Metra’s BNSF line offers fast, reliable and economical travel to Aurora where you can connect with Pace bus #533 directly to Premium Outlets in Aurora, where you’ll “shop brilliantly” for designer brands at discount prices.
Take the BNSF to the Aurora Station.

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