We host two major train crawls every year, generally spaced exactly 26 weeks apart from each other, both on the Milwaukee West. In 2021, we’re also hosting one train crawl each month during the summer to help get people back on board public transit and to support a hard-hit bar and restaurant industry.
Summer Series: The Other MD-W Crawl – Saturday, July 10
The Summer Series continues on the Milwaukee West line with an “infill” crawl, making stops that we usually miss on our marquee annual OktoberWest crawl. Join us on Saturday, July 10, 2021 for the next Summer Series crawl with stops in Elmwood Park, Bensenville, River Grove, and Wood Dale before wrapping up in Itasca. (Oh, and 7th Heaven is scheduled to perform too!) Tickets now available!
Summer Series: McHenry County Crawl – Saturday, August 7
Celebrate the dog days of summer by getting way, way out of town with us on Saturday, August 7, 2021. Get an early start with us as we head as far out of Chicago as Metra goes, with stops in Harvard, Woodstock, Fox River Grove, and Crystal Lake before having a nightcap back in civilization in Jefferson Park. Tickets now available!
OktoberWest – First Saturday after Labor Day
Prost! We head back to the Milwaukee West in the fall for OktoberWest, our now-annual international train crawl, triumphantly returning to action this year. OktoberWest 2021 is scheduled for Saturday, September 11, with our usual international flair: a Polish and a Czech bar in Mont Clare, an Italian “pizza pub” in Itasca, Irish and Mexican bars in Franklin Park, and a good old-fashioned American roadhouse in Hanover Park before wrapping up at a German Oktoberfest street festival. Tickets now available!
St. Patrick’s Day – Saturday before (or of) March 17
Itasca’s St. Patrick’s Day festivities pre-date our involvement by decades — some long-time regulars claim it dates as far back as 1961 — but it continues to be one of our favorite events of the year. (At least two now-married couples first met at the Itasca St. Patrick’s Day festivities.) The party starts at 9am with the Itasca St. Patrick’s Day Parade: and we are the parade, walking a block and a half from the corner of Grove and Maple Streets to the Itasca Metra station with about seventy (70, not a typo) of your new best friends. From there, we take Metra downtown for more merriment on the streets of Chicago.
If this sounds like your kind of train crawl, pencil in Saturday, March 12, 2022 and check back soon for more details.