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40th Annual West Chicago Railroad Days

Dates: July 11-14, 2013
Rail Road Days Location: Reed Keppler Park, West Chicago, IL
Hours: Thursday: 4:30PM-10PM
             Friday: 4:30PM-11PM
             Saturday: 12N-12M
             Sunday: 2:30PM-10PM
Attendance: 100,000
Demographics: General Market and Hispanic middle class families
Admission: Free

Major event components include:
  • Concerts featuring big name national music headliners each night
• National top name music headliners every night
• Carnival
• Fireworks
• Parade
• 5K Run/Walk
• Community Art Show
• Beer Garden

Event Overview:

A Wonderful Time Warp…
Rail Road DaysThe whole experience of West Chicago RR Days is like taking a backward trip on a time machine- a trip to a kinder, gentler, more innocent time and place- where kids are safe on the street, where everyone knows their neighbors, where the words 'community' and 'neighborhood' have real meaning, and where diversity is whole heartedly embraced and truly celebrated. In fact, a visit to this event can have the effect of renewing one's faith in the ideal of small town America.

Railroad Days is the ultimate community festival- in which all forms of summer fun are featured- and the entire town participates. The event is going into its 39th year attracting more than 100,000 people over 4 days in July.

Railroad Days has a major draw for every age group- something for every member of the family- from toddlers to grandmothers- to thoroughly enjoy. The overview of Railroad Days is: great food, great, free live music, big summer fun, and huge community participation.

Railroad Days draws crowds from all over DuPage County and especially from the neighboring towns of Geneva, St. Charles, Elgin, Aurora and beyond.

Event demographics are one of the best features of this event: 50% general market/50% Hispanic middle income families. The Hispanic population is established and dates back 171 years.

The Components:

Free Concerts Every Day…
Rail Road DaysThe festival offers free concerts all four nights of the event featuring national music headliners augmented by some of the regions hottest local bands. Musical headliners such as Daryl Stuermer and Genesis , Lonnie Brooks, Molly Hatchet, Edgar Winter, the Buckinghams, Mickey Dolenz and Davey Jones and the Monkees, Peter Noone and Hermans Hermits, have packed the concert area year after.

Big Carnival…
The event puts on the largest and highest quality carnival in the area- covering more than 2 acres and featuring the latest rides and attractions including a special kids area. The carnival area is packed from the moment the event opens until its closing minutes.

The Parade…
One of the biggest features of Railroad Days is it's elaborate, colorful, and lively parade- which traditionally steps off at 1PM on Sunday winding through downtown and funneling into the event gates. More than 100 slots are filled.. and the entire community lines the parade route.

Fine Arts…
An art gallery, The Fine Arts Fiesta, made up of works by area artists, is hosted by the Reed Park Park District Building which is centrally located on the event site. Anyone, no matter what their training or skill, is invited to show a piece of their work and cash prizes will be awarded to the top three works in each category.

Beer Garden…Rail Road Days
The event serves up it's beer in an atmospheric beer garden patterned after the European tradition. The Beer Garden covers several acres and gives visitors a perfect setting to enjoy an ice cold beer with their neighbors on a hot summer evening.

A major event tradition and attendance draw is its big, thrilling, sky-filling, high quality fireworks show that begins at dusk on Saturday night. One of the largest and spectacular shows in the Western suburbs, the West Chicago Railroad Days Fireworks Show has become an important summer tradition.

The 5K Run/Walk…
The start gun for the Railroad Days' Annual 5K Run/Walk goes off at 7:30- Attracting hundreds of runners and walkers of all ages and ability.

A Word About West Chicago…
Rail Road Days West Chicago Railroad Days is named in honor of the town's beginnings as a town formed in the mid 1800's to accommodate the builders of the great American Railroad. 171 years later, West Chicago is a beautiful, quaint, picturesque town that rivals any small town in America for it's beauty, safety, sense of community and diversity. The railroads were built by English, Irish and Hispanic immigrants- which is the reason West Chicago's Hispanic community is so thoroughly embedded. The town enjoys great schools, a thriving art community, and wide religious diversity housing churches of many different faiths including the largest Hindu temple in North America.