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Construction Notice

IDOT is performing construction on Route 31 just north of our museum and the road is closed until further notice. We will still be open but only accessible from the south.

How to Access Us During Construction


Sundays - May 1 through October 30 - Hours 11a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturdays and Sundays - July 2 - September 4 - Hours 11a.m. to 5:00 p.m

Holidays - Memorial Day, Independence Day (July 4) and Labor Day - Hours 11a.m. to 5p.m.

Weekdays - The Fox River Trolley Museum is not open on weekdays except for charters and special reservations.

Charter Trips -  are available during normal operating hours as well as before and after. See our charter page or contact us at or call 847-697-4676 for more information!

Please see the museum calendar for regular and special event days.


Round trip between the Castlemuir at the main museum location in South Elgin and Blackhawk Station in the Jon Duerr Forest Preserve takes 35 - 40 minutes.

Trains leave the museum approximately every 45 minutes throughout the day, though this may vary based on number of visitors present and equipment/operator availability.

The first train of the day leaves between 11am and 11:15am.


Ticket price includes admission to the museum and unlimited rides all day.

Some special events (listed on the museum calendar) require advance reservations and charge different rates.

See our charter page for charter rates.

Prices Effective March 26, 2022





12 - 64 years old



Seniors 65 years old and over

First Responders, Active Military, and Veterans Admission
 $6.00 First Responders, Active Military and Military Veterans

Child (3-11)


Ages 3 through 11 years

 Child (under 3)
 Free Ages under 3

Group Rate
20 - 20 Discount

20% off regular rate

For groups of 20 people or more
Group must arrive together


365 South LaFox Street (Illinois Route 31)

South Elgin, IL 60177  

The Fox River Trolley Museum is located on Illinois Route 31, three blocks south of State Street in South Elgin, IL.
Construction notice: Route 31 is closed just north of the museum, so all access must be from the south. Visitirs coming from the north must take a detour via Spring Street and McClean Boulevard.

From Chicago and the east: Take the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) or US Route 20 west to Elgin. Exit on McClean Boulevard, then take McClean south to Route 31. Turn left (north/east) onto Route 31 to get to the museum.

From the west and northwest: Take the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) or US Route 20 east to Elgin. Exit on McClean Boulevard, then take McClean south to Route 31. Turn left (north/east) onto Route 31 to get to the museum.

From the south: Take Illinois Route 59 north to Illinois Route 64. Turn west on Route 64 to Illinois Route 31 in St Charles. Take Route 31 north to the Museum.

By train: Take Metra commuter train to Elgin on the Milwaukee District - West Line. The station is approximately three miles north of the museum. On Saturdays, connection is available via Pace Bus route 801 at the Elgin Station to Spring Street, South Elgin, four blocks north to the Museum. On Sundays and holidays, a taxi or rideshare is needed since there is no service on Pace route 801. Additionally, we are accessible from the Elgin and National Street stations via the Fox River Trail.

Bunny Train and Polar Express:
Bunny Train South Elgin and Polar Express South Elgin trains board at Blackhawk Station in the Jon J. Duerr Forest Preserve, NOT the museum.
The Jon J. Duerr Forest Preserve, 35W003 Route 31, South Elgin, IL is located approximately two (2) miles south of the Fox River Trolley Museum on the east side of IL Route 31. See Google Maps for individualized directions.

Contact Us

General Information (847) 697-4676

Event and Ticket questions (847) 380-6121


365 S La Fox St, South Elgin, IL 60177           

P.O. Box 315

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The Fox River Trolley Museum is an IRS 501(c)(3) Illinois Not for Profit Corporation.
Donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. 

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