We live just 4 blocks from a station for Metra, the commuter rail system in the area, and two of our grandkids live 4 blocks from the station two stops north of ours. The little one loves to watch the trains from the library windows just across the tracks from that station, and I've taken him there in his stroller just to watch the trains at rush hour - one every few minutes. Every so often he'll get to ride the train down to our house for a short visit, then back again - a great delight! So, when he turned two just last week, I knew just what to get for a birthday present. Where to get it was a bigger problem. No luck on Amazon or the nearby costume store. Enter the Chicago Costume Company - just across the street from the main DePaul Univ. campus along our old route to Grandma's.
They told me they had one hat left, so we rushed over to get it. The little conductor looked very proud to wear his hat at his birthday party, and I'm told that it will be part of his Halloween costume this year. A good time was had by all!