Chicago by Train

March 29-31, 2019

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.


$599 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 29

12:45 a.m. – Meet at Amtrak Train Station in Hastings.
1:45 a.m. – Leave from Hastings on train.
2:50 p.m. —Arrive via Amtrak in Chicago.
3-5 p.m. – transfer to hotel and check into rooms.
5 p.m. – Go as a group to Skydeck. Eat supper at Giordanos (Chicago Famous Stuffed Pizza).

Saturday, March 30

8 a.m. – breakfast at hotel
9 a.m. – meet in lobby to go to the Museum of Science & Industry
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Tour Museum of Science & Industry
12:30-1 p.m. – Transfer to the Art Institute of Chicago, eat lunch in cafeteria on site.
2-5:00 p.m. – Tour the Art Institute of Chicago.
5–6:30 p.m. – Go back to hotel to freshen up for supper.
6:30 p.m. – transfer to entertainment district where we go as a group to the House of Blues Chicago Restaurant for dinner and an evening of music.
10:00 p.m. – the group will return to hotel for the evening.

Sunday, March 31

8 a.m. – breakfast at hotel
9 a.m. – Go to the Navy Pier, eat lunch
12:30 p.m. – Meet to return to hotel to collect bags
1 p.m. – transfer to Amtrak station
2 p.m. – Train leaves Chicago
Arrives back in Hastings at around 2 a.m. Monday.

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"
Each 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 avail-able 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.


Vicki Buss