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Are You There, Spring? It's Me, the South Shore Line

Stay Hopeful, My Friends

2/27/2014 4:09:36 PM

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Waves, Trains, and Automobiles

A Look Ahead

12/23/2013 1:07:06 PM

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Runnin' on Empty?

Chicago Marathon Udpate

10/16/2013 4:14:24 PM

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Cool Weather. Don Sweater. Bears and ND Better?

Enjoy The City in September

9/9/2013 4:28:23 PM

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Holy Cowles! Join Us on August 3rd!

Walk in the Footsteps of Henry Chandler Cowles during an Indiana Dunes Guided Hike

7/23/2013 11:45:41 AM

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What Do Pickle-on-a-Stick, Cheesecake, and Turtle Soup Have in Common?

Some of the Unique Things I Ate at Taste of Chicago

7/17/2013 5:36:15 PM

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Can You Dig It?

5/6/2013 3:48:54 PM

Ah!  The warmer days of spring have arrived, and I'm sure you're eager to start planting your annuals and perennials throughout your window boxes, pots, and landscaping.  But, I'd suggest that you wait. Not for long, though. A good rule of thumb is to wait until after Mother's Day (May 12) to get planting.  Although, I would never say "never" about the weather in Chicagoland, it's pretty safe to say that we're out of the woods (and winds) of temperatures that would compromise the health of your plants.

Now, for those of you who were eager to get a jumpstart on ideas for spring plantings, you may have taken the South Shore Line to the annual Chicago Flower and Garden Show, which was held at Navy Pier in late March.  Don't worry, however, if you didn't make the show. There are several wonderful nurseries and greenhouses that are just steps away from the South Shore Line's Millennium Park station.  A few to check out inlcude B&A Florist & Nursery on Randolph Street in Chicago's West Loop (bafloristinc.com) or, if you're really looking for plants that are truly out of the ordinary, hop off the train and in to a taxi and head up to Gethsemane Garden Center (gethsemanegardens.com). 

Now, many of you are thinking, "How am I going to get all my plants back home?"  Taking the plants on the South Shore Line would be a messy endeavor, to be sure.  And, I am not suggesting that you actually purchase the plants.  I'm suggesting that you visit these wonderful garden centers for inspriration...for a vision on how to turn your blank palate of a lawn into a beautiful masterpiece. And, once your done with your spring plantings, you can plan a fantastic summer trip to Downtown Chicago on the South Shore Line.  Hope to see you soon!

 

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Should I Stay or Should I Go?

3/12/2013 2:42:54 PM

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‘Sno Big Deal

1/29/2013 3:18:55 PM

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BELLY-BUSTING FUN AND A 5K RUN

7/10/2012 5:56:34 PM

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COOL ATTRACTIONS ARE HEATING UP ALONG THE SOUTH SHORE LINE!

5/31/2012 6:02:06 PM

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May Day! May Day!

Help is On the Horizon as we Coast into May!

4/27/2012 11:27:42 AM

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The Seventies are Back, and I’m Feelin’ Groovy!

3/13/2012 2:34:35 PM

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Ridin’ the Rails to the Chicago Auto Show

2/10/2012 12:20:24 PM

I’ve been waiting for this event for months!  The 2012 Chicago Auto Show is here!  I contemplated going to the VIP preview event last night, but I think the dry cleaner shrunk my tux!  (Ok, in reality, I still haven’t lost the weight from the holiday overindulgence.)

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Rev Up for Wintertime

1/16/2012 9:16:57 AM

Ok, so the idea of going to Chicago in the wintertime may not be your cup of tea. But, Chicago has great events in January and February that are sure to cure the “common” cold. Two events that have you dreaming of cruising along Lake Michigan or cruising -down Lake Shore Drive are the Boat & RV show (January 12-16) and the ever-popular Chicago Auto Show (February 10-19). In fact, the Chicago Auto Show is such a huge draw, especially for the Northwest Indiana crowd, that the South Shore Line is making regular weekday and weekend stops directly at McCormick Place. No lines to wait in. No parking fees to pay. No hassle getting in and out of their massive garage. Just hop on the South Shore are away you go!

Revving up for winter goes beyond the Boat Show and the Auto Show. The South Shore has also revved up our technology. Now, we’ve got a new app – iSouthShore – to access information about the South Shore Line from the palm of your hand. And, we also have on-board WiFi in the works. Soon, you’ll be able to check your e-mails, browse the Internet, and enjoy everything that the web has to offer while you ride to and from work.

Until next time, keep warm this winter and check back often to see what’s hot in Chicago and what’s happening with the South Shore Line.

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The Weather Outside is Frightful…and Taking the South Shore Line is Delightful

12/6/2011 11:57:15 AM

Ok, so we haven’t been hit by last year’s blizzard, but the weather (at least the traffic forecast going into Chicago during the holidays) is, indeed, frightful. And that’s exactly why smart travelers are going into the city on the South Shore Line.

The holiday season in the Windy City is magical, enchanting, and beautiful, with the thousands of glistening lights along tree-lined avenues, Chicago landmarks, and iconic storefronts – Macy’s immediately comes to mind. And, when the kids are on winter break for the holidays, it’s the perfect time to plan a day-trip to downtown.

For many families that I know, taking the South Shore Line to downtown Chicago was an annual tradition. The train would take them to the Randolph Street Station – today’s more familiar name is Millennium Park/Randolph Street – and groups of people would head over to State Street to see all the amazing window displays at Marshall Field’s. Although this magnificent department store is now Macy’s, the beauty and traditions continue to be just as spectacular as they were “back in the day.”

Head inside and go straight to the very (and I mean VERY) long line where kids wait patiently – and are dressed to the nines – to see the “man” himself: Christopher Kringle, Good ‘Ole St. Nick, Santa. For many kids, the opportunity to visit Santa, sit on his lap, have a picture taken (that your parents will proudly display on the mantel for at least 30 years since the day it was taken), is truly priceless…as well as pricey.

After the Santa excursion, you can head down to the Walnut Room to have lunch under the giant Christmas tree. Again, be prepared wait (or avoid the lunch hour crowd by going earlier or later in the day).

The iconic Macy’s experience is only one of many fantastic excursions to plan during December in Chicago. For a complete listing, visit mysouthshoreline.com to read the latest issue of RailLines. It’s loaded with great things to do this month, as well as upcoming Chicago Fun Packages that are coming you’re way. Sign up, enter to win, and you’ll be updated every month on South Shore Line news, Chicago highlights and much more.

From all of us at the South Shore Line, we would like to thank you for your continued support. We wish you health, happiness, and safe travels during the holiday season!

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SWEET HOME CHICAGO!

8/30/2011 2:06:47 PM

Chicago Native Fran Lenyo Wins Shoreline Cruise Packages!

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John N. Parsons, NICTD, (right) presents Fran Lenyo, (center) and husband Mike with the July Chicago Fun Package, which included 4 tickets to a Chicago River Architecture Cruise, 4 tickets to a Skyline Lake Tour, a $100 Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Gift Card at Navy Pier, and 8 free round-trip fares on the South Shore Line (a total value of $350).

Fran Lenyo, the winner of July's Chicago Fun Package, loves Chicago! Is it for the deep-dish pizza? For one of Chicago's famous hot dogs? Or, maybe she's a Sox or Cubs fan? Maybe it's just the fact that we've got an amazing big city right at our doorstep.

Well, the truth is, Fran was born in Chicago. And, although she left the Windy City for the wide open spaces of Indiana with her family when she was only six years old, she still considers Chicago her "home town."

Fran, a Mishawaka resident, saw the South Shore ad with the contest in the South Bend Tribune and went straight to the website to enter the drawing, thinking "who knows, I might win." When John Parsons of NICTD called Fran to let her know she won the July Chicago Fun Package, Fran was thrilled.

The July Fun Package, valued at over $350, includes 4 Tickets to a Chicago River Architecture Cruise, 4 Tickets to a Skyline Lake Tour, a $100 Gift Card to Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville at Navy Pier, and Round-trip Fare on the South Shore Line.

"I never win anything," she exclaimed. "This was a great surprise, and I can't wait to go back to my home town and see it from an entirely different view point…from the water!” Fran said that she's going to keep her eyes open for the other South Shore ads, and she'll definitely enter again to try to keep her luck going!

"I always take the train to Chicago and love riding the South Shore," commented Fran. "It's perfect for me because driving there would take me out of my element. There's all that traffic and construction. With the South Shore Line, I always know when I'm going to leave and when I'm going to return home. You never know how long it would take if you drove there."

Fran and her husband, Mike, are planning to take advantage of their prize package sometime in September.

"I've already e-mailed John (Parsons), and I told him I'll be sending him lots of pictures of my trip! Maybe if he's lucky, Fran will bring back a slice of heaven (or maybe an entire deep-dish pizza) for John and his office to enjoy!

Keep your eyes open for Fran's photos in an upcoming issue of Rail Lines, the South Shore's monthly e-newsletter.

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Her Boots Were Made for Walkin’

Tammy Crawford Win’s June’s Chicago Fun Package

7/22/2011 8:50:49 AM

Tammy Crawford Win’s June’s Chicago Fun Package

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Hi-Rising to the Occasion

6/16/2011 12:44:08 PM

So, on my recent trip to downtown Chicago, it’s amazing to watch people stroll down Michigan Avenue with their eyes turned toward the sky. “Yep, they’re tourists from out-of-town,” I say to myself. But, then again, I’m from out-of-town (actually, since I’m from Indiana, I’m even out of state). And sure, I’ve glanced up from time to time. But then it hit me that I don’t know much about the hi-rise buildings and stately landmarks that are newcomers and mainstays of Chicago’s architectural landscape.

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Where Has All the Sunshine Gone?

5/18/2011 2:29:54 PM

How long has it been since we’ve had a nice, warm, sunshiny day in Chicagoland? I’m tired of the rain. Tired of the “below average” temperatures. Indeed, cabin fever is still lingering after the blizzard that hit us hard this past winter, and I’m ready to give you some great ideas on fun things to see and do in Chicago…now and when the weather finally cooperates.

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