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The Yard Social Club

The Yard Social Club The Yard Social Club is your best source for planning a train crawl in suburban Chicago. Let Metra do the driving and see how fun the suburbs can be!

Combining events and outings with sustainable development and transportation advocacy, since 2002 The Yard Social Club has hosted hundreds of social events in a variety of venues throughout the Chicago area in an effort to Support Sustainable Suburbia. The Yard Social Club also hosts The Yard Beer Pong League (YBPL), an amateur beer pong league, including several outdoor tournament events every summer.

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General Manager: The Mayor

Attire: Casual

Operating as usual

Is this thing still on? We’re BACK next Saturday! Spend the day working on your tan with an all-outdoor venue train craw...
06/19/2020

Is this thing still on? We’re BACK next Saturday! Spend the day working on your tan with an all-outdoor venue train crawl with stops in Palatine, Park Ridge, downtown, and Arlington Heights. Crawl kicks off in Palatine at 11:30am.

Blue skies and sunny days are still ahead of us. In the meantime, thank you @metrarail for keeping essential workers mov...
04/10/2020

Blue skies and sunny days are still ahead of us. In the meantime, thank you @metrarail for keeping essential workers moving with minimal off-peak service cuts. #covid_19 #allinillinois

Do something different: join us for a train crawl tomorrow!Four stops, six bars, $10 Weekend Pass. #TYSCOktoberWest #Tra...
09/06/2019

Do something different: join us for a train crawl tomorrow!Four stops, six bars, $10 Weekend Pass. #TYSCOktoberWest #TrainCrawl #YardSocial

We are one week away from #TYSCOktoberWest! Grab your tickets and learn more here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/oktoberw...
08/31/2019
OktoberWest 2019

We are one week away from #TYSCOktoberWest! Grab your tickets and learn more here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/oktoberwest-2019-tickets-64432467244

Prost! Join The Yard Social Club for our fourth annual OktoberWest train crawl on Saturday, September 7! We’re going around the world on the Milwaukee West with Polish dives, Mexican slashies, Irish taverns, Italian pizza pubs, American roadhouses, German streetfests, and more. Best of all, the pa...

See where the train can take you this weekend! Yard-Social.com
05/11/2019

See where the train can take you this weekend! Yard-Social.com

Periodic reminder that a search for “train crawl” kicks us back as your first result. Grab a Weekend Guide, check out ou...
02/16/2019

Periodic reminder that a search for “train crawl” kicks us back as your first result. Grab a Weekend Guide, check out our Ultimate Train Crawl Map, take one of our old schedules off the shelf, and enjoy your FREE weekend on Metra!
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#chicagosuburbs #metra #traincrawl

Our time to shine: Metra is FREE this Saturday and Sunday! Grab one of our Weekend Guides and leave the car at home.
02/15/2019
The Yard Social Club

Our time to shine: Metra is FREE this Saturday and Sunday! Grab one of our Weekend Guides and leave the car at home.

Supporting Sustainable Suburbia Since 2002

Metra’s free this weekend! Explore the burbs and find some new transit-friendly watering holes with our Weekend Guides a...
02/13/2019

Metra’s free this weekend! Explore the burbs and find some new transit-friendly watering holes with our Weekend Guides at Yard-Social.com.
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#metra #traincrawl #chicagosuburbs

Starting February 1, The Yard Social Club and Star:Line Chicago will no longer update our pages. We’ll still se...
01/21/2019
The Yard Social Club

Starting February 1, The Yard Social Club and Star:Line Chicago will no longer update our pages. We’ll still send out updates on Twitter and Instagram (@YardSocialClub and @StarLineChicago on both platforms), and we’ll continue to update the website at http://www.yard-social.com. If you’d like to get occasional emails regarding upcoming events, let us know.

Supporting Sustainable Suburbia Since 2002

Truth. Check it out next Saturday on the bus crawl!
01/13/2019

Truth. Check it out next Saturday on the bus crawl!

12/24/2018

Getting festive with a Christmas Eve luminaria at the house. The luminaria is a Christmas tradition from the southwestern U.S. that somehow made it to my home suburb of Itasca, and I took the tradition with me to the new house in Forest Park. The luminaria consists of small candles in weighted paper bags, meant to “light the way for the Christ child”, but also provides light for pedestrians on the sidewalks heading to and from festivities tonight.

Even if you aren’t hosting or celebrating, let the luminaria be a reminder of our shared responsibility for each of us to do what we can to ease the travels of our family, friends, neighbors, and strangers, even if it’s only in some small way like lighting up a sidewalk for a cold December night.

On behalf of The Yard Social Club and Star:Line Chicago, we wish you and yours safe travels this holiday season and into the new year.

Merry Christmas.

Star:Line Chicago’s five-point plan to fix Metra:1️⃣ Metra is a transit operator who operates trains, not a railroad who...
12/18/2018
Diverging Approach: Greatest Hits

Star:Line Chicago’s five-point plan to fix Metra:

1️⃣ Metra is a transit operator who operates trains, not a railroad who provides transit.
2️⃣ Schedules should be data-driven to best serve the needs of riders, not railroads.
3️⃣ If Metra can’t serve city neighborhoods, they have the responsibility to find someone who can.
4️⃣ Fares – and fare collection – should be simple, affordable, and equitable for all riders.
5️⃣ The suburbs deserve a single, unified vision for transit regardless of mode choice.

I’m looking forward to an upcoming event on Wednesday, “A Discussion of the Chicago Sustainable Transportation Platform”, being co-hosted by the Midwest High Speed Rail Associatio…

Riding off into the sunset.
12/15/2018

Riding off into the sunset.

12/14/2018

We’ll take a cup of kindness yet:
• Next Friday: Ho‘L’iday Happy Hour (starts at 2pm at Sky-Ride Tap off the LaSalle/Van Buren CTA stop, followed by an express trip to the Yellow Line for the Holiday Train and more merriment in Skokie)
• Sat Jan 19: Pace Pub Crawl (our first bus crawl! Meet at the Rosemont CTA station at 11am)

Maybe I’m a lush. Maybe I’m a degenerate. Maybe I don’t take myself seriously enough.But The Yard Social Club is the top...
12/01/2018
train crawl - Google Search

Maybe I’m a lush. Maybe I’m a degenerate. Maybe I don’t take myself seriously enough.

But The Yard Social Club is the top 1 AND 2 results on a Google search for “train crawl”.

And if my stupid little hobby helps one suburbanite leave their car at home before they grab a drink, if it encourages one city dweller to take a train to the ‘burbs to see what there is to do out here, if it convinces one more person to take transit to where they’re headed instead of driving… then it’s all worth it.

Leave the car at home. See where transit can take you. We’re here to help.

11/30/2018

This winter, we’re finally doing it: a Pace Pub Crawl. Stay tuned for details.

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11/22/2018

We’re officially postponing tomorrow’s event, but we’ll still be downtown being merry! Reach out if you’d like to say hello.

11/18/2018

Two beers in at The Junction, a third on the way, and “Come On Ride It (The Train)” comes on the radio. This is my happy place.

11/06/2018

Have you voted yet?

09/12/2018
metrarail.com

Weekend Metra ridership is down 17% year-over-year. What improvements do you think would help boost weekend ridership?

See you next Saturday for #OktoberWest!
09/01/2018

See you next Saturday for #OktoberWest!

Star:Line Chicago Metra Trip Log
08/31/2018
Star:Line Chicago Metra Trip Log

Star:Line Chicago Metra Trip Log

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08/18/2018

Interested in fantasy football? The Yard’s D-League has openings! $20 entry fee; payouts for regular season best record and championship teams. Message me for more details.

September 8. 🇵🇱🇮🇪🇲🇽🇮🇹🇺🇸🇩🇪#OktoberWest
08/17/2018

September 8. 🇵🇱🇮🇪🇲🇽🇮🇹🇺🇸🇩🇪#OktoberWest

07/16/2018

Fun idea: The Yard Olympics were historically during ItascaFest, the village’s annual carnival a short walk away from the Metra station (and at the end of the block from the original Yard). Think there’d be any interested in a Yard-sponsored beer pong tournament at the Fest to support suburban charities (probably the Itasca Lions Club and the Itasca Food Pantry)?

07/02/2018

Heading to ItascaFest this year? We’re closing out the original Yard on Saturday, July 14 before The Yard moves to its new, more CTA-friendly (but still suburban!) confines.

06/16/2018

Between the hot weather and the World Cup, it’s the perfect time to do a train crawl! Find your line’s Weekend Guide at Yard-Social.com

If this place was open on weekends, we’d probably do a Rock Island crawl once a month.
06/13/2018

If this place was open on weekends, we’d probably do a Rock Island crawl once a month.

While I’m in Woodstock with an hour to kill, might as well scout out the closest bar to the tracks.
06/08/2018

While I’m in Woodstock with an hour to kill, might as well scout out the closest bar to the tracks.

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We love this piece by Star:Line Chicago and The Yard Social Club! "The only transit map you need for the next few weeks," they wrote on Twitter. #StayHome