Whenever I find myself on a non-L, non-subway train (Metra, Amtrak, etc), I think “Now why don’t I use this as a mode of transportation more often??”. At about 10 bucks a pop, we were able to get from Millennium Station in downtown Chicago IL to Michigan City Indiana (Home of the Lighthouse Outlet Mall).
Even the simplest of views can seem more interesting from the comfort of a train that is replacing the effort (and risk) of driving.
Here’s something for the historical record. A view from the Southshore line from Millennium Station to Michigan City Indiana.