Holiday plans? Polar Express at Union Station train tickets go on sale


On one of the hottest days this year in Chicago, one can’t be blamed for dreaming of a winter wonderland.

Tickets for the Polar Express Train Ride at Union Station went on sale Wednesday morning.

The timing of the release of the tickets with a heat wave bearing down on the region may seem too good to be true, but the company behind the ride had planned the sale date weeks ago.

The trains feature a re-creation of the popular children’s story with actors. There will be a reading of the Christmas book by Chris Van Allsburg. Guests will be served hot chocolate and cookies, Santa will hand out gifts and there will be caroling.

Tickets are $55-$80 for adults and $47-$72 for children. Rides run from Dec. 3 through Jan. 1. The train follows a point-to-point route along the Chicago River just west of the Loop and South Loop. 

A spokesman for Amtrak, which owns Union Station and hosts the company that runs the yearly train ride, said it had nothing to do with the ticket sale date.

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