Train Travel: Chicago Style

As you may have heard, a few weekends ago Hope offered a Chicago trip for students to take charter buses into the city.

My friends and I unfortunately missed out on that — by the time we went to sign up, all the seats were taken — so, we did some extra investigating to try to figure out a different way to get into the city.

One of our close friends mentioned there’s a train that leaves Michigan City, Indiana, and goes into downtown Chicago. Not only that, but a one-way ticket costs $8.50, which we determined to be a relatively good deal. We initially considered driving all the way there, but the relieving part of the half-train/half-car expedition was the avoidance of downtown traffic, which was a blessing in the end.

On a side note, there’s also a train that goes to Chicago from Holland, (right down the street from Hope, actually!) which is also extremely useful — the times it left and returned just didn’t work for us this trip — but we definitely plan to use it in the future.

We drove the hour-and-a-half to Michigan City from Hope on Saturday afternoon and hopped onto the train headed for Millenium Park.

My friends Cullen, Sarah, and I headed for the city. Believe it or not, it was my first time ever riding a train!
My friends Cullen, Sarah, and I headed for the city. Believe it or not, it was my first time ever riding a train!

Once we got to the city, we had a blast wandering through Millenium Park, walking down Michigan Avenue, and seeing Macy’s all decked out for Christmas. We took the escalator up 8 floors of the department store — mostly just to say we did — but unfortunately, as poor college students, we all walked out empty-handed.

Not for long, though. We found a delicious pizza place — of which I cannot remember the name of — and consumed a giant cheese deep-dish pizza, a Chicago specialty.

This is the crew right after eating pizza. Luckily the rain took a little bit of a break for us to be able to take this picture!   R to L: Cullen, Sarah, me, Eric, and Josh.
This is the crew right after eating pizza. Luckily the rain took a little bit of a break for us to be able to take this picture!
R to L: Cullen, Sarah, me, Eric, and Josh.

Overall, it was a great trip and a fun experience to take a break from weekend campus life (even though there’s tons of fun things to do around here on the weekends, too!)

Want more information about the different ways to travel off-campus? Any other questions, comments, or concerns about anything to do with Hope College? Feel free to tweet at me @hopesophie17 on Twitter or send me an email at sophie.guetzko@hope.edu.

Published by Sophie Guetzko

Hey, I'm Sophie. I'm a third year college student graduating a year early, in May 2016. Follow me (I'm a Leadership minor) @hopesophie17 on Twitter and Instagram, send me an email at sophie.guetzko@hope.edu-- I'd love to chat (I'm a Communication major). While on campus, I've been involved with numerous Bible Studies, The Anchor newspaper, CFL Consulting, and recently started my own t-shirt company through the CFL Incubator program. Hope to talk soon!

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