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Illinois Railway Museum

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Address: 7000 Olson Rd, Union, IL 60180-9628
Phone Number: +1 815-923-4391
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10:30 am - 4:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

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I visited this place during my visit to chicago. A must visit place for rail road fans and enthusiast. Reaching there was a bit challenging from chicago but we managed well and... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
Chetan1087
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Pune, India
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Pune, India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I visited this place during my visit to chicago. A must visit place for rail road fans and enthusiast. Reaching there was a bit challenging from chicago but we managed well and had good experience.

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I visited this place from Chicago city and it was worth going there. Very well preserved rail engines and coaches. It was overall very nice experience. Reaching there was a bit different from usual as we went by train from Chicago to Woodstock and then cab from there to museum.

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Hyde Park
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2016 via mobile

Our group of six from Vermont visited the Museum on a Saturday in September. Weather and temperatures were pleasant. The grounds and buildings were well maintained. Most of the trains and equipment have been restored to a very high quality. Just about every piece had a sign attached with a detailed description. There was a trolley which circled the perimeter... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2016

I had DREAMED of coming to this place for many years. I am a large rail fan and when I heard a business trip would drop me a little more than one hour away I jumped at the opportunity to visit. I re-arranged my trip and rented a car. I was so excited to see this amazing museum with it's... More 

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finger lakes NY
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2016

I've visited IRM twice now, as part of a group. The collection of railway equipment is extensive, their use of that same equipment is more than many railway places, and they actively are restoring and expanding their collection. A great facility maintained by volunteers; HATS OFF to those people.

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chicago, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2016 via mobile

Place is awesome. They have different types of trains. Steam, diesel and electric locomotives. Even buses. Great place to take children. They have a nice train ride. In August Thomas is there for two weekends.

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Thank Robert B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2016 via mobile

no matter what age how can you not like trains. check the calender before going to be sure the trains are running, it is color coded to show activity.

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Thank William H
Chicago's North Shore, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2016

I've visited the IRM several times over the past few years and it NEVER ceases to amaze me. As the title of this review states, it's a MUST-SEE for anyone even remotely interested in railroading, history and big machines. The only drawback is it's a bit of a schlep from Chicago and the nearby suburbs, but it's well worth it.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2016

Parking plenty for big rigs, tons of old RR equipment to peruse, go on a special event day for more interesting things to do. Museum store is also on online.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2016

Did you know that the largest railroad museum in the United States is located in Union, Illinois, only 55 miles northwest of Chicago, off I-90 in McHenry County? There are over 450 pieces of equipment in its collection as well as numerous displays. Visitors may ride on as many as 50 of the museum's electric, steam and diesel powered trains... More 

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