CTA and Metra bring holiday cheer to Chicago
By Chrissy Mancini Nichols
Dec 9, 2011
This post first appeared at metroplanning.org
Did You Know? The Chicago Transit Authority’s (CTA) Holiday Train delivers 300 food baskets to community organizations throughout the city of Chicago.
The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) continues its traditional Holiday Train this month. The Holiday Train, decked out top-to-bottom with thousands of twinkling lights, garland, and bows, and ridden by Santa himself, will be pulling into a station near you throughout the month of December. The Holiday Train is a 20-year tradition that not only puts Chicagoans and visitors in the holiday spirit, but also brings good cheer to the less fortunate: CTA employees give of their time and money to purchase groceries and assemble 300 food baskets, which the Holiday Train delivers to community organizations across the city.
The Holiday Train will traverse every CTA rail line in December as part of regular rail service. Normal fares apply. Visit the CTA Holiday Train web site to find out when Santa will be coming to your train station.
Metra to the North Pole!
Also this month, little ones can take a magical ride to the North Pole on Metra’s Polar Express! This not-to-be missed experience is based on the delightful children’s book Polar Express, written by Chris Van Allsburg. Like the boy in the story who is awakened by a train conductor in the middle night and hops aboard headed to the North Pole, children on Metra’s Polar Express are encouraged to board in their pajamas. They will enjoy milk and cookies, meet Santa and his elves, and hear a reading of Van Allsburg’s classic Christmas tale. To take this enchanting ride to the North Pole, visit Santa in Chicago for boarding locations. Special fares apply.
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