We’re from the suburbs, and for the suburbs: since 2002, The Yard Social Club serves suburban Chicago by making transit fun. Tag along on one of our Train Crawls, or dive into our resources to plan your own suburban excursion. Give your car a break this weekend and see where transit can take you!

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Train Crawl Resources

Get out and explore the suburbs on a Train Crawl: buy a Metra $10 Weekend or Day Pass, grab a schedule, and be merry throughout the six-county region all while your car rests comfortably in your garage or on your driveway.

Getting Started

Not sure where to begin planning your day riding the rails? Check out our tips and tricks based on our years of experience planning train crawls throughout Chicagoland.

The Ultimate Train Crawl Map

Check out our interactive map detailing every commuter rail station in the Chicago area with basic schedule information, station-area amenities, and some of our favorite stops throughout the region.

Travel Guides and Train Schedules

Basic information about each of the commuter rail lines serving the Chicago area, with direct links to official schedules by the service providers and our line-by-line weekday and weekend guides to help you plan your trip from start to finish.  Our guides include bidirectional schedules, fare information, recommended venues, transit connections, and more.

Train Crawl Schedule Archive

Grab one of our off-the-shelf full train crawl schedules from our previous outings.

Crawl Concierge and more

Overwhelmed? Don’t want to deal with the nuts and bolts of planning a full afternoon and evening of bar-hopping? Let us know what you have in mind and we’ll take care of the rest.

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Maps and Schedules

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Metra is operating limited schedules on weekdays and Sunday schedules on weekends until further notice. Everyone is encouraged to practice proper social distancing and mask usage when six feet of separation is not possible. Wash your hands and wear a mask.

The Map

Just about every bar within walking distance of a weekend Metra station. Explore the map, or open on your mobile device for an interactive guide to bars while you’re on your train crawl.

Travel Guides

Our Travel Guides include schedules, transfer information, fares, recommended venues, and more. With the launch of Metra’s new Round Trip Plus fares, for the first time we’ve also added weekday afternoon and evening schedules that let you train crawl your way, any day! Click on a line name to download a PDF. NOTE: All Travel Guides use pre-pandemic schedules. Check metrarail.com for current alternate weekday schedules in use. Additionally, all Saturday service lines (except the Metra Electric) are operating on Sunday/holiday schedules.

System Guide
Union Pacific North – Weekend
Union Pacific North – Weekday
Union Pacific Northwest – Weekend
Union Pacific Northwest – Weekday
Union Pacific West
Milwaukee North
North Central Service – Weekday
Milwaukee West
BNSF Railway
Heritage Corridor – Weekday
SouthWest Service
Rock Island
Metra Electric – Suburban Main Line
Metra Electric – City Main and Branches – Weekend
Metra Electric – City Main and Branches – Weekday

For more information on our Travel Guides and our unique naming system, click here.

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Diverging Approach

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Diverging Approach: Power of the Purse

At February’s Metra board meeting, the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) presented their draft recommendations outlying how the RTA plans to divvy up $486.2 million from Round 2 of the federal Covid-19 assistance package, which was passed in December. The RTA plans on using what they call Critical Need Areas (CNAs) to help allocate the financial … Continue reading Diverging Approach: Power of the Purse

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COVID-19 Response

Our lives are undeniably different these days as the COVID-19 pandemic rages on. More than ever it’s important to stay safe and stay smart: maintain social distancing, practice good hand hygiene, and wear a mask. If you’d like to support The Yard Social Club, check out our Chicago transit-themed masks and order yours today.

Our mission will become all the more important post-pandemic: supporting the local businesses that make suburban downtowns walkable and pedestrian-friendly while providing a safe, fun environment to reacclimate existing, former, and potential transit users to buses and trains. The Yard Social Club remains committed to supporting our sustainable suburbia. Be safe and we’ll see you soon!