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Step back in time to the golden age of train travel and settle in for a peaceful ride to discover some of Illinois’ most charming towns and hidden treasures.

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Chicago to Quincy

Travel Amtrak and Discover Illinois

Heading west in search of adventure is as quintessentially American as apple pie, and Amtrak’s westward lines are among the most convenient ways to get you from Chicago to Quincy, and beyond.

Chicago to Carbondale

Travel Amtrak and Discover Illinois

Three times a day, trains depart Union Station in Chicago and head south for Carbondale.

Chicago to Alton

Travel Amtrak and Discover Illinois

Five times each day, trains roll out of Chicago’s Union Station destined for St. Louis, stopping off along the way in some of the most fascinating destinations Illinois has to offer.

Chicago to Springfield

Exploring Lincoln's Roots in the State Capital

Take a three-hour ride for a unique view of the 16th President's legacy.

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Other Ways to Get Here & Get Around

Plan Your Illinois Travel

From EV road trips to trains, planes and everything in between, Illinois is easy to explore, no matter where you're coming from or where you're heading to.

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