All Aboard! A Tour of the Chicago Southland Rail System

Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery

This sample itinerary is best in the spring and summer months, but can be customized for any time of year

10 am – 12:00 pm Start your day at the Pullman Historic Society Visitors Center and learn the history of the Pullman Palace Car Company and the neighborhood known as Pullman. From the “World’s Most Perfect Town” in 1906, to near demolition in the mid-20th century, to a neighborhood revitalized in the present day, Pullman has seen it all. A self-guided walking tour of the Pullman District will take you to the historic Greenstone Church. From there you will travel through the Market Square, and finally to the grand Hotel Florence.

12 – 2:00 pm For lunch your group will have fun dining at Choo Choo Johnny’s Eatery. A model train chugs along the restaurant walls and guests seated along the counter track will have special food delivery via model train.

2 – 4:00 pm Explore Frankfort’s Historic Downtown. The boutiques and stores offer unique selections and personal service you won’t find at the mall. Enjoy a cup of coffee while showing off your purchases at Kup A Joe Café.

4 – 5:30 pm All aboard for a train viewing at the Homewood Railroad Platform & Park. The handicap-accessible viewing platform gives an elevated view of the three types of tracks that cross Homewood. The platform also plays a live audio feed from the switchyard. Near the railroad park are a series of 11 murals by artist Richard Haas who uses forced perspective to create three-dimensional images of downtown buildings.

5:30 pm Head to nearby Flossmoor for dinner at the Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery. For rail fans, Flossmoor Station is like a railroad museum that serves great food and craft beer. Located in the historic downtown district, they serve a diverse heartland-style menu with award-winning beers. On the restaurant’s patio sits a fully restored IC caboose that serves gelato and soft serve frozen yogurt seasonally. For more information or to customize this sample itinerary for your group, please contact your tour operator or the Chicago Southland CVB at 888-895-3211

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