Riding Chicago public transportation is an effective means of getting around town, but let's face it -- it's often a pretty drab affair.
But that's not the case for select dates between Thanksgiving and Christmas, when the Holiday Train takes to the rails of the Chicago Transit Authority. The six car train has its halls decked to the brim with lights, bows, wrapping paper, candy cane hand poles, and holiday songs playing over the intercom system. Even Santa Claus makes an appearance, riding on an open flatcar with reindeer and Christmas trees.
Best of all, the Holiday Train goes along the same lines as normal trains, and simply costs the normal CTA rate -- so not only can you muster up some Christmas cheer, you can also get to where you need to go.
The full detailed schedule of the CTA Holiday Train is available online.