The Gregarious Railfan
Elmhurst, IL   60126 (population, 44,000)

GPS: N 41.8998, W 87.9412   Google map   

Scanner: UP: 161.040 [62], 161.400 [86], & 160.890 [52]

Railroad: Union Pacific Suburban Division, Geneva Sub   

Description:     Elmhurst, Illinois is an affluent, northwest suburb of Chicago. Elmhurst is situated on the West end
of Proviso Yard on the UP. Proviso is a major classification yard for westbound manifest freight traffic on the UP.  
The Metra train station in the center of Elmhurst sits next to the triple track main that serves both UP and Metra
trains. There are almost 30 UP trains a day, and frequent Metra trains. The heaviest freight action usually occurs just
around the evening rush. The station offers a park like setting with benches and platforms on both sides of the track.
There is downtown street parking, but DO NOT Use the Metra parking spaces unless you purchase a permit. You will
be ticketed or towed.  Nearby, within walking distance, are many fine restaurants and snack shops.  

Approximate # trains per 24 hours:  60+

Local breakfast:  Courageous Bakery, across the tracks from Elmhurst Metra, N 41.89933, W87.94038 Rainbow
Restaurant, 233 N. York, N 41.90440, W 87.93985, 2 blocks north of the Metra Station

Ice Cream:  Brain Freeze, on East Park Ave, N 41.89935, W 87.94031 across the street from the Metra South
platform; Cold Stone Creamery is located 1 block North on York St, N 41.90039, W 87.93999

Local Pub and grub:  Pints, 112 S York, N 41.89884, W 87.94003 just 1 block south; or Fitzís Pub, 172
N. Addison, N 41.90257, W 87.94159 I block north.

Lodging: Mostly high end hotels just south in Oak Brook.  Hotels in the urban Chicago area are all expensive.
Links   
.           Todd Sestero's Elmhurst page   
.              Elmhurst Railfanning    
.              
METRA TRAINS IN ACTION! Railfanning Elmhurst, IL, 7-1-19