Posts Tagged: Chicago

PHOTOS: Inside the Amtrak Chicago Control Center

PHOTOS: Inside the Amtrak Chicago Control Center

The Windy City is home to one of Amtrak's busiest stations (3.5 million passengers a year!). Throughout our 500-destination system, Chicago is home to most of our long-distance, overnight trains. That makes traffic control along the surrounding railroads a complicated and exciting job. The Chicago Control Center is one of five Amtrak dispatching offices that dispatch 2,500 trains carrying nearly 900,000 ...

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Free Amtrak Wi-Fi Added to Midwest Trains

Free Amtrak Wi-Fi Added to Midwest Trains

We know you love to sit back, relax and enjoy the journey when you ride our trains. So beginning today, we’re offering free Wi-Fi service on eight Midwest corridor trains, with the help of Wisconsin, Missouri, Michigan and Illinois Departments of Transportation. You can check if your favorite train or nearest station has WiFi here. “We continually look for ways to improve the ...

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Athletes Begin Epic Adventure to Ski Trip by Train

Athletes Begin Epic Adventure to Ski Trip by Train

With winter temperatures freezing nearly half of the U.S., a team of free skiers is venturing to western Montana to experience the trip of a lifetime.  Despite the historic lows and grounded air travel, six thrill-seekers are setting out to give you an inside look at what it’s like to be a professional athlete in a special web series called ...

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Watch this Hilarious Gangnam Style Parody!

Watch this Hilarious Gangnam Style Parody!

It's corny, but hey everyone loves a good Gangnam Style video! From Chicago Union Station to the Willis Tower, this hilarious Amtrak Gangnam Style parody takes you all over the Windy City.

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Photo of the Week

Photo of the Week

Are you ready for fall? Surely Amtrak rider Ally was when she snapped this fall inspired Photo of the Week while traveling on our Lake Shore Limited. During the fall months, this route that travels between New York City and Chicago is full of beautiful foliage views. But if scenery ain't your thing, that's OK too. With stops in Syracuse, Cleveland and ...

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Three Generations, One Family Vacation

Three Generations, One Family Vacation

Their vacation is coming to an end but their still smiling, because the kids like that the train goes "very fast." Charity Petsun, along with her mother and her kids Madyson and Logan, take a break in the Great Hall at Chicago Union Station before boarding a train to head home after a family vacation in the Windy City.   Amtrak ...

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A Path to Recovery

A Path to Recovery

John and his wife Jeanette are taking  the train from New York to Chicago so John can be treated at the top rehabilitation center in the country. Our goal at Amtrak is to provide safe, efficient and comfortable service to all of our passengers. We offer additional services to passengers with disabilities and continue to work to make our facilities more accessible ...

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The Element of Surprise

The Element of Surprise

Some of our more than 31 million passengers plan their trips for months. Others plan for mere moments. Nicholas and Alyssa plan to keep their trip a secret, because they're surprising her sister at her wedding. Shhh -- don't let the cat (or service dog) out of the bag.   Amtrak challenged Brandon Stanton, the photographer behind Humans of New ...

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5 New Reasons to Explore Chicago

5 New Reasons to Explore Chicago

Take any of Amtrak's 11 trains that go to Chicago to see these five cool attractions! From either coast, we can help you experience all the Windy City has to offer. Plus our station even has its own Hollywood attraction to see. Check it out here! 1. Second City You like Tina Fey and Steve Carell, right? Well, then you'll love the ...

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Visit the Iconic ‘Untouchables’ Stair Scene

Visit the Iconic ‘Untouchables’ Stair Scene

Next time you’re passing through Chicago’s historic Union Station, make sure to take a pic with one of our favorite pieces of movie history! The staircase shown in the photo above was the backdrop to one of the best movie scenes in recent history! Kevin Costner (co-starring with Robert De Niro and Sean Connery) had an epic shoot out here in the ...

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Photo of the Week!

Photo of the Week!

This edition of Photo of the Week is brought to you by William whose artful eye captured this photo on an Illinois train! If you're looking for quick trips throughout the state, we've got you covered. In fact, there are four to choose from! Illini Service: daily service between Chicago and Carbondale, Ill. Saluki: daily service between Chicago and Carbondale, Ill. Carl Sandburg: daily service ...

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Safety First! How to be an Expert Traveler

It's the season of field trips and vacations! That means first-time train travelers will be visiting our stations all across the country. Before you pack the sunscreen and fanny pack, take a sec to watch this informational video. It offers some kid-friendly tips on how to stay safe in our stations and how to interact with Amtrak police and K-9s. Hey, ...

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The Big Switch

The Big Switch

Did you know we're constantly making environmental upgrades? In fact, we're replacing older diesel locomotives with these new, cleaner “GenSet” locomotives as you read this. They're expected to result in fuel savings of about 50 percent and a reduction in emissions of about 60 percent for each one replaced.

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Best Month Ever!

Best Month Ever!

Thanks to the loyalty of our awesome passengers, March set a record as the best month ever in the history of Amtrak! More than half of our routes saw ridership increases, and, as if that wasn’t enough ... we expect to end the fiscal year at or above last year’s record of 31.2 million passengers. That’s a lot of people, ...

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Window to the Wild, Wild West

Window to the Wild, Wild West

Want to be blown away? Check out this video by travel blogger Eric D. White, as he chronicles his ride on our California Zephyr (named after Zephyrus, ancient Greek god of the west wind). Stops along the route include, Omaha, Neb.; Lincoln, Neb.; Denver, Colo.; Winter Park, Colo.; Reno, Nev.; Salt Lake City, Utah; Sacramento, Calif; and Davis, Calif. From Chicago ...

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