We had gotten a pager from the Walnut room before we went to the Art Institute and knew when we needed to be back. We saw the windows while we were waiting. They had a story about a boy who went into space with Santa and visited all the planets and saw how each planet celebrated Christmas. They were really well done but it was too crowded to take many pictures. Here is what Mars looked like.
We found out that morning that the Holiday Train was on the purple line that afternoon. We didn't stay downtown long enough to ride it back to Evanston but we thought we could catch it somewhere along the way, ride it one or two stops back towards the loop and then get off and continue on to Evanston. We caught it right when we got to Horward so we hopped on and rode it to the next stop which unfortunately was 20 minutes down the line because the purple line is express from Howard to Belmont. I say unfortunately because it was PACKED inside and not a pleasant ride. It was definitely fun to see the train but not to ride. It was decorated inside and they played holiday music but there wasn't too much Christmas cheer from the elf on our train.