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Illinois Zephyr / Carl Sandburg


Chicago - Galesburg - Quincy

The Illinois Zephyr and Carl Sandburg services (different names, different departure times, exact same stops) by Amtrak offer convenient travel options between Chicago, Illinois, and Quincy, Illinois. Enjoy a scenic journey through the heart of Illinois, passing through charming towns, agricultural landscapes, and picturesque river valleys.

Relax in comfortable seating and take advantage of amenities like complimentary Wi-Fi and power outlets. With multiple daily departures and convenient schedules, the Illinois Zephyr and Carl Sandburg services provide a reliable and enjoyable way to explore the beauty of Illinois.

4 hours

Trip Time

258 mi (415 km)

Trip Length

Twice Daily


Route Highlights

Chicago, Illinois: Departing from the bustling Union Station in Chicago, passengers immediately find themselves amidst the city's famous skyline, a testament to its rich architectural heritage. Chicago's world-renowned museums, vibrant neighborhoods, and lakefront vistas are unforgettable starting points.

La Grange and Naperville, Illinois: As the train leaves the urban sprawl of Chicago, it passes through La Grange and Naperville, suburbs known for their charming downtown areas and family-friendly parks. The blend of suburban life and natural surroundings marks the transition from city to country.

Aurora, Illinois: Aurora, the second-largest city in Illinois, offers a blend of urban sophistication and small-town charm. The historic Paramount Theatre and the Hollywood Casino along the Fox River are highlights, as well as the natural beauty of the river itself.

Plano and Sandwich, Illinois: These towns provide glimpses of Midwestern rural life. Plano is famous as the filming location for "Man of Steel," while Sandwich is known for its annual county fair, one of the oldest continuing county fairs in Illinois.

Mendota, Illinois: Mendota is renowned for its Sweet Corn Festival, and the Union Depot Railroad Museum offers historical insights. As the train glides through, the surrounding fields and gentle hills capture the essence of Illinois farmland.

Princeton, Illinois: This picturesque town is home to several historic landmarks, such as the Bureau County Historical Society and Lovejoy Homestead. The blend of architecture, history, and nature provides an engaging panorama for passengers.

Kewanee, Illinois: Kewanee offers historical intrigue with its old train depot and the Kewanee Historical Society. The surrounding landscapes, filled with cornfields and open skies, showcase the heart of Illinois's agricultural heritage.

Galesburg, Illinois: Galesburg is rich in rail history, and the Galesburg Railroad Museum is a must-see. The city was also home to the famous poet Carl Sandburg, and passengers can explore his birthplace and museum.

Macomb, Illinois: Home to Western Illinois University, Macomb offers an intellectual atmosphere blended with historical sites like the Chubby's Restaurant, which still retains a nostalgic 1950s feel.

Quincy, Illinois: The journey concludes in Quincy, a city on the banks of the Mississippi River. Passengers can explore the historic downtown, Villa Kathrine, and the scenic riverfront. Quincy's architecture, history, and natural beauty provide a delightful end to the trip.



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