April 30, 2002

The Loop Tour Train will begin a new season of free Saturday tours around the Loop 'L' on Saturday, May 4, 2002. The train is presented by the City of Chicago and Sears on State, and is co-sponsored by the Chicago Architecture Foundation, the Chicago Office of Tourism and the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA).

The Loop Tour Train will travel around the historic 1897 Loop 'L' at midday on Saturdays from May 4 through September 28. The tours start from the inner Loop station at Randolph/Wabash, 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, starting at 10 a.m. 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 tours. Those needing elevator access can make the appropriate arrangements when they pick up their tickets.

For more information about the Loop Tour Train, call 1-877 CHICAGO, or CTA's Customer Service Hotline at 1-888 YOUR CTA.

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