Metra is Offering Free Rides for Kids All Summer

The rail agency announced that from now until Labor Day, children under 11 years of age can ride the Metra free of charge when accompanied by an adult. The deal is limited to three children per adult.

This deal, including the $8 weekend pass, makes Metra the easiest and most affordable way to get to all of your favorite family events in Chicagoland this summer.


“Let Metra take you to great destinations this summer so you can spend more time with your family and less time worrying about traffic and parking,” said Metra Executive Director and CEO, Don Orseno.

Looking for some of Chicagoland’s best events to take your family? Here are a few suggestions, all commutable via Metra:



71st Annual LaGrange Pet Parade and Carnival


Cossitt Avenue and LaGrange Road

June 3: 9:30am – 11:30am


The Pet Parade is free and will include marching bands, floats, clowns and a pet parade of course. The LaGrange Carnival is also that weekend, which requires an entry fee.



Franklin Park Fest featuring Railroad Day

9700 Franklin Avenue


June 8 – 10

Railroad Day will feature a display of old-fashioned and specialty train cars. Kids can enjoy mini train rides, train memorabilia and collectibles. Admission is free.



Global Arts Festival

Bartlett Park

June 24 – 25: 11am – 6pm

There will be art for the whole family to enjoy including paintings, photography, fiber, sculpture, glass, jewelry, wood and more. There will also be children’s art activities, food vendors, a wine/beer tent, and entertainment stages. Admission is free.

Arlington Heights Frontier Days Festival 2017

Recreation Park, 500 East Miner Street

June 30 – July 4

Bring your family to Arlington Heights to enjoy music, carnival rides, a Fourth of July Parade, pony rides, arts and crafts and more. The festival is free!


Taste of Des Plaines 

Downtown Des Plaines

June 16 – 17

This family event will feature great food and live entertainment for all ages. Admission is free.

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