This page was last updated: May 13, 2019
- CALENDAR OF EVENTS -
A listing of all known rail and transit enthusiast events happening in and around the
Chicago-Kenosha-Milwaukee-Rockford area..
(Except where noted, meetings/activites take place in the city of Chicago)
If your organization's meetings/events are not listed -- or if you have any corrections
to be made to your event, contact Bill Shapotkin at traingg1@aol.com.
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May 17 (Friday) Railroad & Shortlines Club of Chicago meeting  7:30-9:30 PM
Location:      Chicago Union Station (500 W Jackson Blvd -- Room 107A) (See NOTE)
Admission:   Free
Program:      "Alaska Railroad," a presentation by William Reynolds.
      NOTE: Steps into Room 107A interfere with wheelchair use. Enter at 500 W. Jackson Blvd.,
         between Clinton & Canal, just three steps. The main waiting room may be closed for a private
         party. Call 312 725-0432 during meeting for assistance.
Information      http://rscc.dhke.com/ or Phone (312) 725-0432
For program announcements by email, send a message to schs-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
June 7 (Friday)  Blackhawk Chapter -- NRHS meeting (7:30-10:00 PM)
Location:     Gladys Fox Museum (231 E 9th St) in Lockport, IL.
Admission:  Free.
Program:     To be announced.
​Info:  https://www.blackhawkrailwayhistoricalsociety.org/
June 7 (Friday) Omnibus Society of America meeting (7:00-9:30 PM)
Location:      Swedish Covenant Hospital (2751 W. Winona Ave (Anderson Pavilion)).
Admission:   Only paid members (holding a valid membership card) and their invited guests (limit one per
                     member) are admitted. Of course, membership dues ($30.00) can be paid at the door.
Program:      To be announced.
Information:   http://osabus.org/
May 24 (Friday)      Central Electric Railfans' Association meeting  7:00-9:00 PM
Location:      University Center (525 S. State St -- 2nd floor)
Admission:   Only paid members (holding a valid membership card) and their invited guests (limit one per
​                     member) are admitted.
Program:      Program to be announced.
Information      www.cera-chicago.org
June 12 (Wednesday)  20th Century Railroad Club meeting (7:00-9:00 PM)
Location:     Union Station (210 S Canal St -- Founder's Room (located SW corner of the Great Hall).
Admission:  Free.
Program:     To be announced.
Information:  https://20thcentury.org/meetings
May 18 (Saturday)  The Milwaukee Electric Railway & Transit Hist Society meeting  2:30-4:30 PM
Location:      Waterstone Bank located at 6560 S. 27th St in Oak Creek, WI.
Admission:   Free  
Program:      A two-part presentation by Historian William Shapotkin:
                    "Bluff City Streetcars," covered streetcar operations in Waukegan, IL.
                    "The Plug," a look at Chicago-Joliet suburban rail operations on (what is today) Metra's Heritage
                      Corridor Line -- the former Gulf Mobile & Ohio (nee-Chicago & Alton).
June 14 (Friday)  Chicago Chapter -- NRHS meeting (8:00-10:00 PM)
Location:     Lincoln Center (935 Maple Ave) in Downers Grove, IL. (Located three blocks south of the Main St
 Station on the Metra/BNSF line.)
Admission:  Free.
Program:     Program to be announced.
Information:  http://www.chicagorailassociation.org/
June 21 (Friday) Railroad & Shortlines Club of Chicago meeting  7:30-9:30 PM
Location:      Chicago Union Station (500 W Jackson Blvd -- Room 107A) (See NOTE)
Admission:   Free
Program:      To be announced.
      NOTE: Steps into Room 107A interfere with wheelchair use. Enter at 500 W. Jackson Blvd.,
         between Clinton & Canal, just three steps. The main waiting room may be closed for a private
         party. Call 312 725-0432 during meeting for assistance.
Information      http://rscc.dhke.com/ or Phone (312) 725-0432
For program announcements by email, send a message to schs-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
June 15 (Saturday)  The Milwaukee Electric Railway & Transit Hist Society meeting  2:30-4:30 PM
Location:      Waterstone Bank located at 6560 S. 27th St in Oak Creek, WI.
Admission:   Free  
Program:      To be announced.
June 22 (Friday)      Central Electric Railfans' Association meeting  7:00-9:00 PM
Location:      University Center (525 S. State St -- 2nd floor)
Admission:   Only paid members (holding a valid membership card) and their invited guests (limit one per
​                     member) are admitted.
Program:      "Streetcars of Dubuque, IA," a presentation by William Shapotkin.
Information      www.cera-chicago.org
July 5 (Friday)  Blackhawk Chapter -- NRHS.
Location:     )
Admission:  ) There is NO scheduled meeting this month.
Program:     )
​Info:  https://www.blackhawkrailwayhistoricalsociety.org/
July 5 (Friday) Omnibus Society of America meeting (7:00-9:30 PM)
Location:      Swedish Covenant Hospital (2751 W. Winona Ave (Anderson Pavilion)).
Admission:   Only paid members (holding a valid membership card) and their invited guests (limit one per
                     member) are admitted. Of course, membership dues ($30.00) can be paid at the door.
Program:      A presentation by John LeBeau.
Information:   http://osabus.org/
July 10 (Wednesday)  20th Century Railroad Club.
Location:     )
Admission:  ) There is NO scheduled meeting this month.
Program:     )
Information:  https://20thcentury.org/meetings
July 12 (Friday)  Chicago Chapter -- NRHS meeting (8:00-10:00 PM)
Location:     Lincoln Center (935 Maple Ave) in Downers Grove, IL. (Located three blocks south of the Main St
 Station on the Metra/BNSF line.)
Admission:  Free.
Program:     Program to be announced.
Information:  http://www.chicagorailassociation.org/
July 19 (Friday) Railroad & Shortlines Club of Chicago.
Location:      )
Admission:   ) There is NO scheduled meeting this month.
Program:      )
July 20 (Saturday)  The Milwaukee Electric Railway & Transit Hist Society meeting  2:30-4:30 PM
Location:      Waterstone Bank located at 6560 S. 27th St in Oak Creek, WI.
Admission:   Free  
Program:      To be announced.
July 20 (Saturday) Chicago Terminal Chapter of the Pennsylvania Railroad Technical and Historical                                        Society  meeting (2:00-4:00 PM)
Location:      Historical Pullman District Visitors Center (11141 S. Cottage Grove Ave).
Admission:   Free.
Program:      Program to be announced. 
Information:   ld_mlc43@comcast.net
   Location is accessible to public transportation using CTA bus #4 or 115 to/from 111th/Cottage Grove Ave or
   Metra Electric to/from 111/Pullman station (which is not ADA accessible) or to/from 115/Kensington 
   (which is ADA accessible).
July 26 (Friday)      Central Electric Railfans' Association.
Location:      )
Admission:   ) There is NO scheduled meeting this month.
Program:      )
Aug 2 (Friday)  Blackhawk Chapter -- NRHS.
Location:     )
Admission:  ) There is NO scheduled meeting this month.
Program:     )
​Info:  https://www.blackhawkrailwayhistoricalsociety.org/
Aug 2 (Friday) Omnibus Society of America meeting (7:00-9:30 PM)
Location:      Swedish Covenant Hospital (2751 W. Winona Ave (Anderson Pavilion)).
Admission:   Only paid members (holding a valid membership card) and their invited guests (limit one per
                     member) are admitted. Of course, membership dues ($30.00) can be paid at the door.
Program:      To be announced.
Information:   http://osabus.org/
Aug 9 (Friday)  Chicago Chapter -- NRHS meeting (8:00-10:00 PM)
Location:     Lincoln Center (935 Maple Ave) in Downers Grove, IL. (Located three blocks south of the Main St
 Station on the Metra/BNSF line.)
Admission:  Free.
Program:     Program to be announced.
Information:  http://www.chicagorailassociation.org/
Aug 14 (Wednesday)  20th Century Railroad Club.
Location:     )
Admission:  ) There is NO scheduled meeting this month.
Program:     )
Information:  https://20thcentury.org/meetings
Aug 16 (Friday) Railroad & Shortlines Club of Chicago.
Location:      )
Admission:   ) There is NO scheduled meeting this month.
Program:      )
Aug 17 (Saturday)  The Milwaukee Electric Railway & Transit Hist Society meeting  2:30-4:30 PM
Location:      Waterstone Bank located at 6560 S. 27th St in Oak Creek, WI.
Admission:   Free  
Program:      To be announced.
Aug 23 (Friday)      Central Electric Railfans' Association.
Location:      )
Admission:   ) There is NO scheduled meeting this month.
Program:      )
June 9 (Sunday)  Kane Country Railroadiana Collectables & Model Train Show (10:00 AM-3:00 PM)
Location:     Kane County Fairgrounds (525 South Randall Rd -- FRONT BUILDING) in St Charles, IL.
Admission:  $6.00 (children under 12 free).
​Info:             Russell B. Fierce (3565 Winston Dr in Hoffman Estates, IL 60192-1865).
                   Phone 847-358-1185
                   Email: RussFierce@aol.com
June 7-9 (Friday-Sunday)  Franklin Park Railroad Daze (7:30-10:00 PM)
Location:     Tower Park (intersection of Calwagner St/Franklin Ave) in Franklin Park, IL.
Admission:  Free.
Program:     Railroad Equipment Displays.
     This event is readily accessible by Metra rail passenger service to/from Franklin Park on the Metra/Milwaukee
     West Line.