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Metra Trains

Metra Rail
(312) 836-7000

Metra trains serve downtown Chicago across the greater Chicago area and can be a great option to arrive at and depart from our events.

  • Click Here for a map of downtown Metra train stations

Bicycle Transportation
Fully assembled bicycles are permitted on a first come first serve basis on all weekend trains, and on all weekday trains arriving in Chicago before 6:30 am and after 9:30 am and leaving Chicago before 3:00 pm and after 7:00 pm.

Please be aware that there is no guarantee that space will be available for your bike on any train. Due to increased ridership there is also an increased likelihood that bicycles cannot be accommodated during the following events:

Bicycles must be secured with bungee cords or other devices supplied by the cyclist. The conductors are VERY strict about all bikes being secured and neither we nor the train conductors can lend you bungee cords. If you are planning on transporting your bicycle aboard a Metra train, or even think you might, we strongly recommend carrying a couple bungee cords with you on your bicycle at all times just in case. Otherwise if you forget to bring bungee cords with you we will have bungee cords available for sale at our rest stop locations.

  • Click Here for more information about Metra's Bikes on Trains Program.
  • Click Here for more information about the parts and accessories we have for sale.

Bicycle Limits Aboard Each Metra Train
You can't ever be guaranteed a space to carry your bicycle on any Metra train and if you plan on doing so you do so entirely at your own risk. When bicycles are allowed, there are only a limited number of first come first serve spaces available and bikes are transported in the areas reserved for disabled passengers. If a disabled passenger boards the train they have priority and your bike may get kicked off and Metra conductors are very strict about enforcing these rules. Unfortunately there is nothing we can do to eliminate this risk, and we will not coordinate the number of bicycles our participants bring onto the train.

It has never been a problem for anyone to rely on a Metra train to arrive at or depart from our events with their bicycle on a individual basis. All of our participants travel on a wide range of Metra train lines at many different times in addition to driving, getting dropped off, CTA L trains, etc. and as a result we stay well within the bicycle limits on each Metra train.

However, there is an enormous risk to relying on a specific Metra train to transport your bicycle when you will be travelling with many other participants of the event because every other participant will also need to transport their bicycle with them. It's also very possible that someone not participating in the event will want to put their bicycle on the train as well. As a result the bicycle limits on each train can quickly be exceeded and participants who arrive later will not be able to carry their bicycle with them aboard the train. If you cannot bring your bike with you onto the train we cannot guarantee that we will still be able to transport you ourselves as part of any of our transportation services.

If you are not willing to risk not having a space for your bicycle on the Metra train then you should register for our one of our transportation services. We guarantee that space will be available for your bike as long as you register for before our regular registration deadline.

  • Click Here for more information about our transportation services.

Downtown Chicago Metra Train Stations

Union Station
225 S. Canal St.
Chicago, IL 60606

Services the following line(s):


Ogilvie Transportation Center
500 W. Madison St.
Chicago, IL 60661

Services the following line(s):


Van Buren Station
132 E. Van Buren St.
Chicago, IL 60605

Services the following line(s):

  • Electric District
  • South Shore (NICTD)
    (Bicycles are prohibited aboard South Shore trains except if disassembled and carried on board in a bag or container expressly designed for such purposes and stowed in the overhead luggage racks.)

LaSalle Station
414 S. LaSalle St.
Chicago, IL 60605

Services the following line(s):

P.O. Box 8454 • Chicago, IL 60680 • (877) TOUR-ILL [868-7455]
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