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We are Mary Wisniewski and Laura Fergus, friends and neighbors for many years. We are the creators of Just Off the Tracks, a web-based travel and leisure activity guide, offering a comprehensive list of fun things to see and do along the Metra Rail Lines.

Our mission is to provide you with an extensive, up-to-date list of events, activities and day trips in the downtown areas of the Metra rail stops. We began with the UP Northwest Line and over the next several months we will be adding additional  lines.  Check back often for new things to see and do. We want to hear from you! Tell us your ideas for upcoming events or outings along the lines.  Your comments are welcome. 

Please note that we try hard to provide you with a quality guide for recreation, shopping, dining & nightlife.  Therefore our excursions are not paid advertisments and we try to stay true to that cause. Our paid advertisements are limited to the Side Ads, Banner Ads and our Profile Ads. However we do feature links to our advertising supporters profiles if they are included in an outing.

We try to check out all of our suggested outings but sometimes we rely on reviews, so please let us know if you are happy or unhappy with any of our recommendations. We really do want to hear from you!

Get on board and enjoy the Ride!!! 

Your hosts,
Mary and Laura