The Chicago Transit Authority will begin a new season of free Loop Tour Trains on Saturday, May 5, 2001.
The trains will travel around the historic 1897 Loop 'L' on tours offered at midday on Saturdays from May 5 through September 29. The tours start from the inner Loop station at Randolph/Wabash, using the CTA's newest air-conditioned trains, with docents from the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) providing commentary.
Each tour includes three trips clockwise around the inner Loop 'L' above Wabash, Van Buren, Wells and Lake Streets. Using the train's public address system, CAF guides provide information about the history of the city and the 'L' and point out buildings of architectural interest.
While tickets for the tours are free, they must be picked up on the same day the tour is to be taken from the Chicago Office of Tourism Visitor Information Center on the first floor of the Chicago Cultural Center at 77 East Randolph. From there it is only a few steps to the tour boarding point at the Randolph/Wabash inner Loop station.
Loop Tour Trains will begin their Saturday trips southbound from the Randolph/Wabash 'L' station at 11:35 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 12:55 p.m. and 1:35 p.m. Customers are asked to be on the platform about 15 minutes before the scheduled departure time of their tour. Those needing elevator access can make the appropriate arrangements when they pick up their tickets.
For more information about the Loop Tour Train, call the Chicago Office of Tourism at (312) 744-2400, or CTA's Customer Service Hotline at 1-888 YOUR CTA.# # #