The Ogilvie Transportation Center hosted many, many travelers during the Fourth of July weekend, but employees of the commuter station were not anticipating seeing a traveling deer.
But there it was, inside the station Saturday night. Workers spotted a deer in the train depot near track 14, according to Metra Spokesperson Meg Reile.
"We didn't do anything with the animal, we wanted to let it be so we just kept people away from the area," Reile said.
The deer soon fell asleep, and Metra called the City of Chicago's Animal Care and Control division, which arrived Sunday.
Reile said the animal caused no delays in train service. However, Ann Shirreffs, a commuter, said her train out of Ogilvie Sunday morning was delayed almost 45 minutes while the animal control division contained the deer.
"At 11:31 a.m. we saw that the deer was trapped between two doors directly across from the ticketing area at Ogilvie," Shirreffs said. "At this time no trains were entering the station and Metra employees were ushering everyone to the first floor so the animal warden could evacuate the deer."
Shirreffs said that no one was allowed onto the second floor until approximately 12:25 p.m.