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Ogilvie Transportation Center

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West Loop, Chicago
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  • Laura M.
    "The fajitas from the French Market are fantastic."(12 Tips)
    Nathan M.
    "Grab your Garrett's popcorn before heading home!"(4 Tips)
    Dan C.
    "The Berry Chill is awesome although a bit pricey it is worth it."(4 Tips)
    Mark K.
    "First rule of the quiet car: You do not talk in the quiet car."(15 Tips)
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  • Finbar V.
    Finbar ValinoOctober 12, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    The Quiet Cars are the second car from the first car and the car before the last car. That's 2 Quiet Cars per train. It doesn't get simpler than that.
    Upvoted Jan 25
  • Finbar V.
    Finbar ValinoOctober 12, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    If you are in the Quiet Car you ARE required to be quiet; however, if you are not in a quiet car and expect silence then you are just as annoying as the noisy person in the Quiet Car.
    Upvoted Jan 25
  • Bryce W.
    Bryce WarnerMarch 10, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Usually good. Make sure you get there in time to purchase a ticket. They need more machines. They were out of one ways at the machine. $5 surcharge on train if you don't buy ticket before boarding!
  • Di T.
    Di TenutoMarch 17, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    If you're going to get a beer for your ride home, avoid the bars located upstairs in the station, instead go to CVS, one at Madison and Canal and one inside the Metra Market, spend $2 instead of $5
    Upvoted Jan 25
  • Sara
    SaraMarch 29, 2014
    The atmosphere changes drastically weekend to week day. During the week it's expected that you are quiet. No phones. Etc. Weekend crowds can get rowdy.
    Upvoted Jan 25
  • Shelly W.
    Shelly WiderskiJanuary 26, 2012
    When boarding trains u can always tell if the door is open if there is a red light above it Also pay attention when walking into other cars if there is a big sliver screen blocking the way its closed
  • Ronald A.
    Ronald AMay 3, 2016
    Been here 100+ times
    Try the Ventra app if you can't wait in line for tickets or don't want to pay surcharge on the train. Very convenient!
  • David T.
    David TurkJanuary 31, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    If you'd like to get a seat on the train, be sure to arrive at least 10-15 minutes before departure time. Trains do depart on time (unless otherwise specified).
    Upvoted Jan 25
  • Anamaria H.
    Anamaria HernandezAugust 16, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    If the lines are long at the ticket counter, check out the dispenser in the actual terminal - it takes debit/credit.
  • Joseph C.
    Joseph ChristensenSeptember 22, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Etiquette: When using the escalator, stay to the right if you're going to stay on one step. Let those going up or down faster pass you on the left.
    Upvoted Jan 25
  • Valor P.
    Valor PolandAugust 25, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    1. There's a second entrance between Randolph and Washington on both Clinton and Canal. 2. You can drink on the train. 3. If you don't have time to purchase a ticket, use the Ventra app.
  • Finbar V.
    Finbar ValinoJanuary 28, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    If you bring on the train it's best to get a window seat. There's a little ledge by your left foot that's great for resting your drink on.
    Upvoted Jan 25
  • David T.
    David TurkFebruary 1, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Be sure to check the information board infront of each track. It will give departure time, stations it will be stopping & any track changes that might occur.
  • Mark K.
    Mark KrierJune 20, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    First rule of the quiet car: You do not talk in the quiet car. Second rule of the quiet car: You do NOT. TALK. IN THE QUIET CAR.
    Upvoted Jan 25
  • Shivam S.
    Shivam ShahSeptember 4, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The cafeteria is great, over 20 places to choose from, if you go on the lower level is has shops, and even more restaurants.
  • cecil m.
    cecil mathewNovember 27, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    For the first timers, there's a walkway on the second floor which goes over Canal street and can save you from the cold and waiting for traffic.
  • Wrigley F.
    Wrigley FielderSeptember 26, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Stairwells from train platform to French Market are closed on Saturdays. Have to go downstairs, OUTSIDE and up the street (Clinton). Huge #FAIL . Do better Metra.
  • Jeff G.
    Jeff GeronimoSeptember 26, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Most of the cars for the Metra UP West Line from OTC to Elburn do not have working water faucets in the restrooms (probably true for other trains), so bring hand sanitizer or use the ones provided.
  • Matt B.
    Matt BrosseauSeptember 7, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    We understand that you're a darling couple but standing side-by-side on the escalator is inconsiderate to commuters who may be in a hurry
  • Jasmine J.
    Jasmine JenkinsApril 3, 2015
    Save yourself time and buy your ticket at the vending machine near the tracks. They run out near the 1st of the month though
  • Seth T.
    Seth TisueApril 21, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Hudson News prices are obscenely high. Get a snack or drink in the food court instead
    Upvoted Jan 25
  • Emmett R. M.
    Emmett R. McCarthyMarch 28, 2014
    Ovie is cheaper than the 2nd floor bars, and better beer selection.
    Upvoted Jan 25
  • Colleen M.
    Colleen McKennaJune 21, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Had a bad day? Grab a beer to go at the Chicago Newsroom and you can drink it on the train.
  • Finbar V.
    Finbar ValinoOctober 12, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    If you are told to be quiet or to stop talking on your cell phone in the Quiet Car please don't have an attitude about it. It's nothing personal - you're in the Quiet Car.
    Upvoted Jan 25
  • Jonathan S.
    Jonathan SheetzNovember 16, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    The French Market is awesome. Try the Bourekas (cheese and meat wrapped in fried filo dough), they're right at the front entrance.
  • Kristen F.
    Kristen FularaAugust 25, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Don't flip seats on crowded trains unless there are 3 or more in your group. Conductors will make you flip them back
    Upvoted Jan 25
  • Finbar V.
    Finbar ValinoOctober 12, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    If you are talking and suddenly notice that you are the loudest person talking because you're the ONLY one talking... Chances are you're in the Quiet Car. Get up and move to a non-quiet car.
  • Doug M.
    Doug MurphyApril 23, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    The French Market on the lower level is a largely undiscovered gem.
  • cecil m.
    cecil mathewJanuary 12, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The clock at the end of the walkway (over Canal) into Ogilvie is always a few minutes behind. Unacceptable for a train station!
  • David T.
    David TurkFebruary 1, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The following lines depart from this station: Union Pacific North - Chicago to Kenosha | Union Pacific West - Chicago to Elburn | Union Pacific Northwest - Chicago to Harvard/McHenry
  • Scott Kleinberg
    Scott KleinbergSeptember 7, 2015
    Been here 50+ times
    The portal to the suburbs. The most lost tourists under one roof in Chicago or your money back. 😊
    Upvoted Jan 25
  • Anastasia B.
    Anastasia BeaverhausenSeptember 21, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    The 6:10 UP-W OB has a lot of people who like to sardine-can themselves onto a speeding metal tube. Get here early or make friends with the guy who's going to dry hump you all the way home. Fail.
  • Walgreens
    WalgreensJune 17, 2011
    Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer after using public transportation. Especially during flu season. There’s a way to stay well.
  • Nick H.
    Nick HennerNovember 1, 2011
    There new line system for buying tickets is really slow, so if you need to buy a ticket get there at least 10-15 minutes early during rush hour
  • Kary K.
    Kary KingJuly 20, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Check out Flip's Crepes in the French Market. They're wonderful and worth the wait!
  • Sean
    SeanJanuary 23, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    While in line to pay for ANYTHING, BE ALERT! Thiefs now use cameras to take photos of your credit card information. While holding your card, cover the numbers
  • Jeff G.
    Jeff GeronimoDecember 17, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Conductors love telling everyone this on the trains: "Seats are for butts, floors are for feet." Therefore, keep your feet on the floor unless you wanna get yelled at.
  • Alissa F.
    Alissa FoxApril 7, 2012
    Don't plan on a clean bathroom when you get there or when you come back. They don't clean it!
  • Rachelle d.
    Rachelle de la RosaOctober 8, 2011
    If you're here in the morning, try Jaffa's bakery / bagels. It's pretty good and obviously better than McDonalds.
  • Patrick L.
    Patrick LeMasterMarch 12, 2015
    Been here 100+ times
    Automated machines are located out near the tracks if there's a line at the window.
  • Bradford L.
    Bradford LeHewApril 14, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    French Market has a wide selection of fruits, veggies, meats, fish, cheese, and gourmet items. Check it out!
  • Kelly B.
    Kelly BrileyMay 18, 2011
    Pretty impressive array of food choices. The breakfast panini at the Corner Cafe was really good.
  • RMPJR
    RMPJRJune 24, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Top row back of a car provides a large seat with plenty of room.
  • Aishwarya S.
    Aishwarya SharmaSeptember 1, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Three children age 11 and under ride free with a fare- paying adult on weekends.
  • #ChiWeekly
    #ChiWeeklyJuly 10, 2012
    Union Pacific / West (Elburn to/from Chicago) Full Time Schedule is here: http://metrarail.com/content/metra/en/home/maps_schedules/metra_system_map/up-w/map.html
  • Bobby K.
    Bobby KennedyMarch 28
    Been here 5+ times
    Skip the zoo of a main entrance and enter between Washington and Randolph for the French Market.
  • Louis K.
    Louis KliegerNovember 24, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Food court downstairs while you wait. Also a flower shop.
  • #ChiWeekly
    #ChiWeeklyJuly 10, 2012
    Union Pacific / West (Elburn to/from Chicago) Full Time Schedule is here: http://metrarail.com/content/metra/en/home/maps_schedules/metra_system_map/up-w/map.html
  • Holly Y.
    Holly YeomanFebruary 24, 2012
    The Dunkin donuts here is slow and often mess up orders. I wouldn't stop there if your in a hurry on the upside there are a ton of awesome places to eat.
  • Jaysyn L.
    Jaysyn LongoriaOctober 1, 2014
    Keep it moving in the bathroom or you'll be harassed by the on site security during your most vulnerable of moments!!
  • David T.
    David TurkFebruary 1, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Want to be informed about delays on Union Pacific trains out of OTC? Union Pacific North @metraUPN | Union Pacific West @metraUPW | Union Pacific Northwest @metraUPNW
  • Joe D.
    Joe DunkaMarch 6, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Everyone in the mens room was so nice and helpful! And people say big coties are rude.
  • Brian P.
    Brian PrinceSeptember 5, 2011
    If you want to sit, you getter go down to the food court. Here they consider sitting against the wall waiting on a train loitering.
  • David T.
    David TurkFebruary 1, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Be sure to check your trains track number on the departure monitors/displays throughout the station.
  • Lee R.
    Lee RemiasJanuary 19, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Food court downstairs if you're hungry and have to wait. And/or need to sober up.
  • Sarah M.
    Sarah MorrisonAugust 25, 2012
    Bring a bungee cord to attached your bike. Don't want it falling over or attacking people
  • Kearstin N.
    Kearstin NicholsonAugust 4, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Walking around has the same rules as the highway: SLOW PEOPLE STAY TO THE RIGHT PLEASE.
    Upvoted Jan 25
  • Victoria P.
    Victoria PipkinMarch 28, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Always get the Monthly pass. The 10-ride only saves you time, not value.
  • Anthony A.
    Anthony ApiladoDecember 13, 2014
    Metra can be confusing at first, but the train is very convenient for getting to Chicago.
  • Finbar V.
    Finbar ValinoOctober 12, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    If you are in the Quiet Car with a "talker" and would like to tell that person that they need to be quiet because they are in the Quiet Car don't be rude about it. It's ok to be polite.
  • Devan S.
    Devan SamineediJune 15, 2012
    Madisson street doors are locked after 8. Use the doors the lead to the food court.
  • Akiee
    AkieeApril 5, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    First time here .. Much better then Union station..now can grab coffee on my way all time ..
  • Sarah M.
    Sarah MillerJuly 3, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Vending machine inside near low-numbered tracks as well as down in Suburban Concourse. But they might be broken or out of tickets. Not cool.
  • Eiffel Y.
    Eiffel YapMay 2, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    The CTA card vending machine is out of order about 70% of the time. So don't wait last minute to add money to your card!
  • A
    AApril 28, 2013
    Charge your phone at Track 5. You can't charge it in the food court.
  • Taylor A.
    Taylor AbrahamsonJanuary 5, 2012
    Great, authentic French market! Love it.
  • Taylor H.
    Taylor HayApril 24, 2012
    The people in the bathroom are much more chatty than those in LA! feel free to strike up a conversation while in a stall!
  • Jessica K.
    Jessica KenneyJanuary 1, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    If you can't control your child, don't bring them on a train. Bottom line.
    Upvoted Jan 25
  • Jayw W.
    Jayw WoodsMarch 5, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    There is a waiting where you could charge your phone
  • D S.
    D SorrellJanuary 20, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Get your tickets in advance. The lines are unpredictable!
  • Jim W.
    Jim WisuriDecember 6, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    The train station is not on North Cicero Avenue. It is at Canal and Madison.
  • Andrew G.
    Andrew GalbraithDecember 2, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    Always get your monthly pass a day before the new month. Also, never buy your ticket on the train, but at the station!
  • Amy W.
    Amy WelkApril 25, 2011
    Make sure you buy your ticket at the ticket window and not on the train. It's $3.00 extra!
  • Kevin H.
    Kevin HigleySeptember 30, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Drink a brew on the Metra after work!
    Upvoted Jan 25
  • Cass O.
    Cass OwensMay 15, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try not to linger too long...all that fast food will seep into your brain, triggering snack attacks, LOL.
  • #ChiWeekly
    #ChiWeeklyJuly 10, 2012
    Olgilvie Transportation Center: http://metrarail.com/metra/en/home/maps_schedules/downtown_chicagostations/ogilvie_transportation_center.html
  • Joe C.
    Joe CalderoneNovember 17, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Do everyone a favor and try to keep any smelly food off of the train.
    Upvoted Jan 25
  • Paul T.
    Paul TshirtSeptember 16, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Check the board for your train, its changes alot
  • Zoe C.
    Zoe ClineJanuary 4, 2012
    Good people watching here. Stare at them and see if they freak out.
  • Pam B.
    Pam BroviakMarch 18, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Don't sit on the floor - security will come by and make you get up
  • Ryan N.
    Ryan NoelJune 10, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    There are good deals on traveler beers at the CVS in the station (lower level) or the 7-Eleven across the street on Washington Ave.
  • Jasmine J.
    Jasmine JenkinsApril 3, 2015
    So much nicer than Union
    Upvoted Jan 25
  • Paul T.
    Paul TshirtMay 7, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Every train is full during rush hour , enjoy
  • Laura M.
    Laura McGowanAugust 18, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    The fajitas from the French Market are fantastic.
  • Doug M.
    Doug MurphyJune 5, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Use the kiosk to buy tix instead of waiting in lines
  • Nathan M.
    Nathan MitreApril 17, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Grab your Garrett's popcorn before heading home!
  • S. J.
    S. J.April 9, 2012
    If the escalators are off the stairs still work!
  • Julie M.
    Julie MoskalDecember 6, 2014
    Very nice for a train station.
  • Dan C.
    Dan CiupuligaFebruary 3, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    The Berry Chill is awesome although a bit pricey it is worth it.
  • David T.
    David TurkJanuary 31, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Cell phone coverage at the tracks can be poor to non existence.
    Upvoted Jan 25
  • David E.
    David EldridgeFebruary 5, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Bathrooms by the French Market are nicer.
  • Todd S.
    Todd ShurtzJanuary 4, 2013
    Grab some Garrett's popcorn for the ride home! Yummmmm
  • John O.
    John O'TooleDecember 5, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Check out the Taco Bell in the food court!
  • Delexia P.
    Delexia PowellDecember 11, 2012
    Cinnabon or Auntie Annes. Must eat sweets!
  • Delexia P.
    Delexia PowellDecember 11, 2012
    Stop by Cinnabon or Auntie Annes for a snack!
  • Phenuef K.
    Phenuef KronwallJanuary 23, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Get hired as a Metra Police officer. No training, but unlimited OT.
  • Kyle B.
    Kyle BushMay 15, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Don't shop at the Hudson News stores. They're greedy, overpriced shysters. $4.29 for a bag of Swedish Fish? No way.
    Upvoted Jan 25
  • qwe q.
    qwe qweeSeptember 27, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    They don't offer discounts for people in college, only people in high school. COMPLETE BULL.
  • Billy F.
    Billy FreseFebruary 29, 2012
    Feel like you're in a spaceship terminal.
  • Mo K.
    Mo KabreAugust 18, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Hey, Corner Bakery is kinda expensive. Just paid $5.10 for a bowl of Soup?
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