More Rails, Trails and Ales

For the fourth year in a row, Metra will be offering special Saturday “Rails, Trails and Ales” excursions on the Heritage Corridor Line this fall. Saturdays from Sept. 9 through Oct. 14, you can enjoy bike trails, local breweries, and explore all the communities along the Heritage Corridor Line have to offer. Check here for the special Saturday schedule and a list of attractions along the line.

The trips give Chicago area residents opportunities to explore the bike and running paths, festivals, craft breweries, restaurants, and vibrant communities along the historic route between Chicago Union Station and Joliet.

Metra’s Heritage Corridor Line was named after the historic Illinois & Michigan Canal Heritage Corridor, which the rail line parallels. Many of the towns that are now stops on the line are closely linked to the canal’s creation, with rich and interesting histories, and bike paths that use the canal’s former towpath or connect with it are accessible from many of those stops.

Metra’s $7 Saturday Day Pass, which offers unlimited rides for a single fare, makes exploring the Chicago region by rail an unbeatable bargain. Metra’s Family Fares, which allow three children age 11 and under to ride free with a fare-paying adult, can be used in conjunction with the Saturday Pass.