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You can rent out a private CTA train for $1,800

Vincent Desjardins/Flickr
Vincent Desjardins/Flickr

We’ve all been there. You’re waiting for a train with your friends in the wee hours of the morning and a completely empty train car rolls up. It’s every commuters dream—your own mobile playhouse.

But hey, why wait until 3am when you can spend your whole evening living it up on a train? Starting at $2,000 (plus a deposit), you can charter your own personal CTA train. Trains can be chartered anytime except weekday rush hours (6–9am, 3–6pm) and cars can hold up to 35 people.

Food, non-alcoholic drinks, sound systems and live music are all allowed on the train. DIY house shows are cool and all, but a DIY train rave trumps everything. Crisscrossing the city while listening to music seems like a pretty killer Saturday night.

Trains will also drop you off wherever you want and pick you up later. Never has traveling from the Double Door to the Green Mill been easier.

And yes, I know what you are thinking, what about a wedding? According to Bill Reilly, Rail Operations CPO, a couple who met on the train are set to have their wedding on the train in a few months.

For more information on chartering a train click here.



James F

The CTA has been doing this for like 15-20 years now. You get a 2 car train and you never have to wait for other trains passing you up. Old news

thomas M

How much 35 people, 2 hours?

ask M

it says 1,8000 under the photo for this article on Facebook, big error, I'd fix that..