The Illini Amtrak route provides daily service between Chicago and Carbondale, IL. It is formerly part of the historic Illinois Central Railroad, the first land-grant railroad in the United States.

Other Amtrak trains share the tracks, including the local Saluki route and the City of New Orleans, all of which go to Chicago, so it’s best to board the first train to arrive at your starting station, depending on your final destination. Use Google Maps for trip planning to find the train that works with your schedule.


  • Chicago
  • Homewood
  • Kankakee
  • Gilman
  • Rantoul
  • Champaign
  • Mattoon
  • Effingham
  • Centralia
  • Du Quoin
  • Carbondale

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Amtrak Routes
Amtrak to Chicago