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The Enchanted Railroad Pulls Into The Morton Arboretum this January

The Enchanted Railroad is open January 13 through February 19
December 14, 2016

The Morton Arboretum welcomes back its popular Enchanted Railroad this winter with a theme celebrating the natural beauty that comes with every season. Opening January 13, the 15th annual event will feature a larger-than-life platform with two levels—perfect for the smallest visitors to enjoy—and 12 toy trains, including miniature replicas of Chicago’s familiar Metra and Amtrak trains.

Highlights of the 2017 Enchanted Railroad include:

  • Pint-sized details of the Arboretum’s grounds. Check out tiny trucks, their beds loaded up with plants, and the Arboretum’s iconic four white columns. 
  • Miniatures highlighting some of the Arboretum’s events. To welcome the Arboretum’s new exhibit, Origami in the Garden, debuting May 17, the railroad display will include nature-themed and intricately created origami pieces.  Look for other small figurines like the sled dogs of our Husky Heroes event, January 28 and 29.
  • Interactive elements perfect for kids. 

"The Enchanted Railroad has been a fun-filled wintertime tradition at the Arboretum for 15 years, and a chance for kids and parents to explore together,” said Jenelle Hardtke, special events manager. “It’s a perfect outing for a cold winter day."

The Enchanted Railroad is assembled and run in partnership with the LGB Model Railroad Club of Chicago.

The Morton Arboretum’s Enchanted Railroad is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekends through February 19, and is free with the price of admission. Visitors can pick up timed tickets at the Visitor Center Information Desk.