The Illinois Railway Museum is running a “Snowflake Special” excursion on the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) on Saturday, April 6, 2024. Join IRM in a tradition of museum-sponsored excursions dating back to 1958! Beginning at Forest Park Station on the Blue Line, our excursion train will travel to the south, west, and north sides of Chicago and will include photo stops and some yard and non-revenue trackage.
This excursion is a fundraiser to support the preservation and restoration of IRM’s collection of CTA rapid transit cars. Everyone is welcome, including volunteers, museum members, and non-members. Don’t get left behind! You are strongly advised to buy your ticket in advance. Purchase tickets here.
Snowflake Special Details
Departure Time: 9:00am from the Forest Park Blue Line station, 711 Des Plaines Avenue, Forest Park. Parking is available in the Park and Ride lots for $5-6.
Fare: $60.00 per person (in advance). Orders received after March 26th will be held for pickup at Forest Park. If any tickets remain on the day of the trip, the same-day fare will be $65.00. No refunds will be given after March 26, 2024. Advance tickets available here.
Lunch: One hour will be provided for lunch on your own at stops around the Loop. A list of suggested restaurants will be provided.
The trip will conclude at Forest Park around 6:00pm. We will make earlier stops upon request. CTA trains are wheelchair-accessible; consult CTA for station accessibility. Specific equipment cannot be guaranteed and is subject to change by the CTA.
We recommend purchasing your tickets in advance. The easiest way is to buy online here.
You can also purchase tickets by mail (please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope) by mailing a check to:
Illinois Railway Museum
PO Box 427
Union, IL 60180
Please make check out to Illinois Railway Museum with “2024 Snowflake Special” on the memo line.