My son, 11-years-old, once lived and breathed Thomas the Tank engine and his little sister has just recently unpacked them from the storage bin and brought their happy faces to life again. If you have some little train lovers in your life, here are three places to spot holiday choo-choo trains in Chicago.
This colorful show is held inside the lush Lincoln Park Conservatory (2391 Stockton Drive) and a welcome respite from the chilly winter. Here you'll find model trains looping through a miniature city dotted with bright Poinsettias. See if you can spot some Chicago landmarks, all made of natural materials, including the Chicago Theater and Water Tower Place. The Winter Flower and Train is open daily, 9am - 5pm, until Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013. Admission is free.
Take a break from shopping the Mag Mile and head to the basement of the John Hancock Center (875 North Michigan Avenue). The merry annual train display is a fun spot to set down your bags and relax for a moment while you enjoy the trains winding down their winter tracks. See if you can spot Santa Claus!
Take a ride on the special holiday CTA train, decked out in its bright and merry best. You'll even find Santa Claus himself on an open-air flatbed car! Normal CTA fares apply, and and detailed schedules will be posted on http://www.transitchicago.com/holidaytrain/ as they become available.