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!
Note: due to the COVID-19 pandemic, by order of the Governor’s office all bars and non-takeout/delivery restaurants in Illinois are closed until April 8, 2020. Residents are encouraged to avoid spending time in groups until the pandemic subsides.
Get out and explore the suburbs on a Train Crawl: buy a Metra $10 Weekend Pass or a Metra Round Trip Plus 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.
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.
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.
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.
Grab one of our off-the-shelf full train crawl schedules from our previous outings.
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.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, all bars and non-takeout/delivery restaurants in Illinois are closed until April 8, 2020 by order of the Governor. Metra is operating limited schedules on weekdays until further notice. Everyone is encouraged to shelter in place and avoid spending time in groups until after the pandemic subsides.
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.
System Guide *Spring 2020 Update!*
Union Pacific North – Weekend *Spring 2020 Update!*
Union Pacific North – Weekday *New for Spring 2020!*
Union Pacific Northwest – Weekend *Spring 2020 Update!*
Union Pacific Northwest – Weekday *New for Spring 2020!*
Union Pacific West *Spring 2020 Update!*
Milwaukee North *Spring 2020 Update!*
North Central Service – Weekday *New for Spring 2020!*
Milwaukee West *Spring 2020 Update!*
BNSF Railway *Spring 2020 Update!*
Heritage Corridor – Weekday *New for Spring 2020!*
SouthWest Service *Spring 2020 Update!*
Rock Island *Spring 2020 Update!*
Metra Electric – Suburban Main Line *Spring 2020 Update!*
Metra Electric – City Main and Branches – Weekend *Spring 2020 Update!*
Metra Electric – City Main and Branches – Weekday *New for Spring 2020!*
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