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Anyone taken Amtrak from Chicago to Dallas?

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Looking for alternate ways to travel (for my son) betweeen Chicago and Dallas, especially during the holidays when airfare can be very costly. Does Amtrak fares also go up on holidays? How reliable are they as far as arrival/depature times? What about snowy conditions in CHicago, does that normally impact train travel? and, since he'll just have a seat for the 22hr ride, how comfortable is it?

Any other info you wish to impart would be great.

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