North America Journals

Riding on The City of New Orleans

An April 2004 trip to North America by jemery

Chicago Trolley Tours Photo, Chicago, Illinois More Photos
Quote: After many nights of leisurely ocean or riverboat cruising to "The Big Easy," let’s take an equally leisurely "land cruise" back north --- on The Train They Call The City of New Orleans.

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Chicago Trolley Tours Photo, Chicago, Illinois
The free "trolley" services connecting AMTRAK passengers with the lakefront museums, the Navy Pier entertainment center and power shopping sites have expanded significantly since we last reported on them. Ok, they’re not really "streetcars:" The jolly red, box-bodied vehicles trundling past Chicago Union Station do have the high, arched windows of the old trolleys, with angularly rounded noses, clerestory roofs and bells that clang. And the seats inside are lacquered wooden benches with polished brass grab rails for standees. They do at least somewhat recall the days when Chicago streetcars were the old crimson kind instead of the streamlined "Green Hornets" ... so forget for a moment th...Read More

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Chicago Trolley Tours
1709 South Prairie Ave (office)
Chicago, Illinois 60658
(773) 648-5000

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Escalator Atrium, Marshall Field’s, Chicago Photo,
One of Chicago’s most photogenic attractions is right outside the Union Station door --- our cleaned-up and revitalized river. Use either the Adams or Jackson St. exits; between them, on the east bank, you’ll see the water taxi dock. Between early April and late fall, you can ride inexpensively to North Michigan Ave. or even, for extra fare, on to Navy Pier. Some of the city’s most impressive architecture is in the Financial District along La Salle St. from Adams south to the Board of Trade Building, once Chicago’s tallest. Try to visit the interior lobby and climb the magnificent wrought-iron stairways of The Rookery, on the east side of LaSalle north of Jackson Blvd. ...Read More