Elmhurst, IL 60126 (population, 44,000)
GPS: N 41.8998, W 87.9412 Google map
Scanner: UP: 161.040 , 161.400 , & 160.890 
Railroad: Union Pacific Suburban Division, Geneva Sub
FRA Info: Crossing Inventory Report for UP, Cottage Hill Ave, PDF
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+
Gregariousness quotient: Low to Medium
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 Fitz’s 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.
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