If you are staying at the Old Chicago Inn this weekend and plan to use the “el” system you might just run into to St. Nick himself. That’s right, the Chicago Transit Authority is once again welcoming Santa, and this weekend you’ll be able to spot him right here in Lakeview on the red line. Santa and his reindeer ride the rails on their open air flat car, accompanied by six other train cars that are all decked out inside and out. This jolly train will be running today, Friday the 16th, from 3pm to 6pm and tomorrow, Saturday the 17th from 12 noon to 8 pm. The Santa Express is one of my favorite Chicago Holiday sights. It’s pure magic, especially after dark, to look up at the “el” tracks on Belmont and see Santa pulling into the station spreading holiday cheer and passing out candy canes.
Before you go Santa spotting, pop into the “el” themed Forever Yogurt at 931 W. Belmont for an Abuelita Mexican Hot Chocolate. This is one delicious cup of cocoa which will keep you warm and happy while you wait at the Belmont station for the Santa Express. A ride on the CTA is just $2.25 and farecards can be purchased at vending machines at the train station on either side of Belmont Avenue. For complete information about the Santa Express and the Chicago Transit Authority visit the CTA online at http://www.transitchicago.com/ .