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Chicago Southland counts railroads among its attractions

Representatives from the Villages of Park Forest and Matteson and Canadian National Railway cut the ribbon in 2013 to open the Railfan Park/Image courtesy of the Chicago Southland Convention and Visitors Bureau


The 62 municipalities of Chicago Southland are bursting with trains and railroad-related attractions.

“Historic Pullman District National Monument gives an opportunity to explore and discover the history of the Pullman Car Company and the American labor movement, creating a great historic venue,” said Tobie Fitzpatrick, tour and travel market manager for the Chicago Southland Convention and Visitors Bureau. “Other great stops include the Park Forest Rail Fan Park, the Homewood Railroad Platform and Park and Flossmoor Station Restaurant and Brewery. The Chicago Southland is a fantastic place for group tours with so many unique attractions and venues along the rail trail.”

Homewood Railroad Platform and Park in the Village of Homewood features a handicapped-accessible railroad viewing platform. The platform provides a view of the tracks of regional commuter, intercity rail and freight trains. A live audio feed from the switchyard is available at the platform…Please click here for David Hoekman’s story in Group Tour Media.

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