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

Federal regulations require all passengers on public transit to wear masks, regardless of vaccination status.

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: We are in the process of updating our Travel Guides for summer 2021, but additional service changes are expected as Metra gradually restores service from pandemic service cuts. For the most updated schedules, visit metrarail.com.

System Guide August 2021 Update!
Union Pacific North – Weekend NEW for Summer 2021!
Union Pacific North – Weekday (pre-pandemic)
Union Pacific Northwest – Weekend NEW for Summer 2021!
Union Pacific Northwest – Weekday (pre-pandemic)
Union Pacific West UPDATED for July 2021!
Milwaukee North UPDATED for July 2021!
North Central Service – Weekday (pre-pandemic)
Milwaukee West UPDATED for July 2021!
BNSF Railway UPDATED for July 2021!
Heritage Corridor – Weekday (pre-pandemic)
SouthWest Service (pre-pandemic)
Rock Island NEW for Summer 2021!
Metra Electric – Suburban Main Line NEW for July 2021!
Metra Electric – City Main and Branches – Weekend (pre-pandemic)
Metra Electric – City Main and Branches – Weekday (pre-pandemic)

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 Precautions

Our lives are undeniably different these days as the COVID-19 pandemic continues, but with the State of Illinois officially reopening on June 11, we’re back and ready for summer. Our mission is all the more important now as we enter the post-pandemic phase: 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.

Per federal regulations, masks continue to be required on all public transit vehicles for all riders regardless of vaccination status. Additionally, all unvaccinated persons should continue to wear masks when indoors or where social distancing is not feasible.