Chicago by Train (CANCELED)

March 20-23, 2020

Take the Amtrak to Chicago and see the Midwest through a train window. Experience transportation in a large metropolitan city on the Chicago rail lines.

Register by February 13, 2020

Register/Pay Online 


$899 before January 1, $949 after January 1 per person (does not include food or drink) 

  • shared hotel room ($100 extra for a single room)
  • round trip train ticket
  • Congress Plaza Hotel
  • Chicago Explorer Pass
  • three-day CTA Pass (unlimited ride pass)


Friday, March 20

12 a.m. Leave Hastings
3 p.m. Arrive in Chicago
Go to hotel
5 p.m. eat at Giordanos
6:30 p.m. go to SkyDeck
8:30 p.m. go to hotel

Saturday, March 21

9 a.m. Museum of Science and Industry
Eat lunch at Museum
Alder Planetarium or bus to the Art Institute of Chicago
2:30 p.m. Back to hotel
3 p.m. Chicago Gangsters and Ghosts Tour
Back to hotel
6:30-9:00 p.m. Eat at House of Blues
Back to the Hotel

Sunday, March 22

10 a.m. Navy Pier
Flower and Garden Show
1 p.m. travel to Shedd Aquarium and the Field Museum
6 p.m. eat at Buddy Guy’s Blues restaurant
Back to the hotel

Monday, March 23

9 -11:30 a.m. Walk around Millennium Park (the Bean, Crown Fountain, Boeing Galleries outdoor art)
11:30 a.m. Eat lunch at Relish Chicago Hot Dogs
1 p.m. transfer by bus to Union Station
2 p.m. Train leaves Chicago
2 a.m. arrive in Hastings at the Amtrak station

Travel Details


Carry-On Allowances

2 Personal Items: 25 lbs., 14" x 11" x 7" 
2 Carry-On Bags: 50 lbs., 28" x 22" x 14"
Pacific Surfliner: 28" x 22" x 11"

Overweight Bags

Overweight bags must be repacked so they are under 50 lbs. Boxes may be purchased at staffed stations to aid in repacking.

Bring Your Food Aboard

You may bring your own food and beverages onboard for consumption at your seat. However, you can only consume food and beverages purchased in Dining and Lounge Cars in those cars. Personal food and beverages are allowed in the upper level of Superliner Sightseer Lounges.

Alcoholic Beverages

We serve alcoholic beverages onboard trains in most Dining, Lounge and Café Cars. Not allowed in other public places.


If you anticipate requiring medication in route, please carry it with you aboard your train. You must be capable of self-administering any medications you bring with you.

The Passenger Comfort Kit

The Passenger Comfort Kit is now available to enhance your passenger travel experience. The kit includes an inflatable pillow, earplugs, blanket, and eye shade in a keepsake tote and can be purchased for $10 from the Lounge or Café car while onboard.

More Amtrak Information


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