Every Christmas season,Chicago’s public transit company,the CTA,decorates a train and bus,and this year is no different. The Allstate CTA Holiday Train,a 6-car train decked out in Christmas decorations and gear,hit the rails and will travel around the city for the next several weeks ahead of the holidays. This is a good chance to get into the holiday spirit at the same time as you commute or go out on the weekends.
“The Allstate CTA Holiday Train and Bus have become a beloved Chicago tradition that thousands look forward to each winter season,” Dorval R. Carter,Jr. said,CTA’s president,in press a release announcing this year’s holiday train and bus.
Carter is right – Chicagoans from The Loop,Streeterville,River North,and even temporary residents living in short-term rentals and business apartments,have grown to love the tradition since it was first unveiled in 1992.
Running on 16 different routes throughout the city,the holiday train will travel through most of the city’s major neighborhoods and areas,bringing Christmas cheer and delight to residents around the city.
If you are trying to see the CTA Holiday Train this year in Downtown Chicago and surrounding neighborhoods,take a look at the schedule and see when it’s heading to you. According to city officials,the holiday train will run through December as part of regular rail service from about 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. on weekends and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on select weekdays,making stops at all stations along the respective routes.
If you won’t be able to see the Holiday Train this year,consider checking out the bus instead. According to Chicago city officials,the holiday bus,nicknamed “Ralphie the Reindeer,” will operate through Dec. 23 from early afternoon through early evening on select weekdays and weekends.