Chicago's Free Trolleys
Despite having lived in Chicago for nearly a decade, I find myself engaging in decidedly non-native activities during the holidays, like venturing downtown on Sundays, waiting in line for Garrett's caramel corn, and riding the trolley. It'll take you to Navy Pier all year, but between Thanksgiving and New Year's the city adds routes to schlep people from Ogilvie and Union stations to the Mag Mile and the museum campus as well. With stops all over downtown, a regular schedule, and no reservation or ticket necessary, the trolley is a fast, free alternative for locals looking to avoid holiday bedlam on the sidewalks. The extended schedule is in effect this weekend and next, then from December 16 to January 1 it's daily. Plug "trolley" into the search box at the city's Web site for detailed maps and schedules.