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The Polar Express Chicago

Bring the whole family to the spectacular  The Polar Express™ through December and stay at the nearby and affordable LaQuinta Inn & Suites in historic Hyde Park!

All aboard! The Polar Express™  Chicago is ready and waiting. Walk through Union Station and see the iconic backdrop for such movie classics as “The Twentieth Century” with Lionel Barrymore and “North by Northwest” with Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint!

Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, passengers will relive the magic of the classic story as they are whisked away on The Polar Express™ for a magical one-hour trip through the tunnels, rail yards, and neighborhoods along the Chicago River. Once on board, your car host will work their way through the coach and punch your golden ticket before hot chocolate and a delicious cookie are served by dancing chefs. Passengers then read along with the classic children’s book, The Polar Express, by Chris Van Allsburg.

Santa and his helpers board the train to greet passengers and each guest is given the first gift of Christmas – a silver sleigh bell. During the trip, characters on each car lead passengers in caroling and onboard entertainment – just like in the film! Each guest will take home a keepsake sleigh bell in addition to the wonderful memories made on this magical trip.

Union Station is located at 500 West Jackson Blvd in Chicago’s West Loop. For tickets and a full schedule for The Polar Express™, go online to and follow the prompts.

Make your The Polar Express™ experience even more enjoyable by staying at the LaQuinta Inn & Suites, in Hyde Park. The hotel offers free shuttle bus service to and from the Loop area and is close to bus and train services. Enjoy the free breakfast. AND Jazz and seafood buffet (non-seafood items available) Friday nights.