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Stir Crazy Inside? Metra Offers Free Rides This Weekend

February 11, 2019 - 11:31 am

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Metra is making history with an offer to riders following the extreme cold.

Metra is offering free rides on every line this weekend, Feb. 16-17, in an effort to both boost ridership and help riders get out of the house.

“We survived the polar vortex – now let’s have some fun,” said Metra CEO/Executive Director Jim Derwinski, in a statement. “There is a lot to do in Chicago and the suburbs and Metra can take you there. We’re hoping this weekend will convince people who have never ridden Metra or who haven’t ridden Metra in a while to become paid customers in the future.”

Metra is also offering Family Fares on President's Day, Monday, Feb. 18. Family Fares allow up to three children aged 11 and under to ride free with every adult.

So what is happened in Chicago this weekend?

The Chicago Auto Show continues through Monday, Feb. 18. Metra offers an express service from Blue Island to McCormick Place. According to the service, Rock Island Line riders can transfer to waiting trains on the Blue Island Branch of the Metra Electric Line that will take them directly to the show. Others can park for free at the Blue Island Station and board the express trains.

Metra also suggests one of the many museums in Chicago. The Field Museum is free for Illinois residents during February. Plus the Shedd Aquarium and Adler Planetarium are both free for Illinois residents on Monday, Feb. 18.

And let's not forget about the suburbs!

Metra can take riders to places likeBrookfield Zoo in Brookfield, the DuPage Children’s Museum in Naperville, the Elmhurst Art Museum, Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio in Oak Park and the Kohl Children's Museum in Glenview.

For more information on Metra's offers and suggestions of places to visit, go to