We host two major train crawls every year, generally spaced exactly 26 weeks apart from each other, both on the Milwaukee West. Of course, we’re happy to help other crawls as well! Let us know what you have in mind and we’ll come up with the perfect schedule, totally free of charge.
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 a different lineup than our usual international flair: in the interest of Covid safety, all five stops on this year’s OktoberWest have outdoor seating options. 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.