This page was last updated: October 3, 2022
- 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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Oct 22 (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) in Chicago.
                      Location is accessible to public transportation using CTA bus #4 , #111A 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).
Admission:   Free.
Program:      Andy Cich will give a presentation entitled “Lesser Known Landmarks of the Chicago Terminal
                     Division”. He has accumulated documents, drawings, and photos to cover the following
                     “landmarks”:
                       Englewood Connecting Line
                       Riley Road Yard
                       Fruit Growers Express Indiana Harbor Car Shops
                       Indiana Harbor Canal Lift Bridge
                       Valpo Dummy Station stops
                       Territory of the 20th Century race. 
Information:   ld_mlc43@comcast.net
Oct 7 (Friday) Omnibus Society of America meeting. (7:00-9:00 PM -- Please do not arrive before 6:45 PM)
Location:      ) San Lucas United Church of Christ (Basement), 2914 W North Ave.
                      Enter the basement from the walkway on the side of the building. There are steps into the
                        basement. The church is on the north side of North Avenue between Francisco and Richmond
                        (across the street from Humboldt Park).
                       If using public transit, Get off CTA bus #72 NORTH bus at Francisco, or get off CTA bus #94 --
                         CALIFORNIA bus at North Ave and walk west.
                       There is plenty of on-street parking eastbound on the south side of North Ave adjacent to
                         Humboldt Park, or in a small parking lot behind the church.
                       Call Adam on 847 215-0180 if there are difficulties.
Admission:   ) Members and their guest are admitted without charge. All other are asked to make a $5.00
                        contribution.
Program:      ) "Dayton trolley buses," by Kyle Egstrom. Kyle will show videos of Dayton trolley buses that he
                       took during trips in June and August, 2022.
Oct 7 (Friday) Blackhawk Chapter -- NRHS meeting. (7:30-9:30 PM)
Location:      ) Gladys Fox Museum (231 E. 9th St).in Lockport, Illinois.
Admission:   ) Free.
Program:      ) "Diesel locomotives built by the American Locomotive Company (ALCO)," by Dave Dauszka.
Oct 14 (Friday)  Chicago Chapter -- NRHS meeting. (7:30-9:00 PM)
Location:      Lincoln Center, 935 Maple Ave in Downers Grove. (Location is three blocks south of the Downers
                      Grove (Main St) Metra Station on the BNSF line.)

                     A notice is posted in the building entrance with the assigned meeting room.  
Admission:   Free.The general public as well as members of the Chicago Chapter are welcome to attend.
Program:      "18 Wheels of Steel"
Information:  http://chicagorailassociation.org
Oct 14 (Friday)  Central Electric Railfans' Association Virtual meeting. (7:00-9:00 PM)
Sign in  :      https://tinyurl.com/CERAonZOOM
                   Meeting ID: 831 2668 5411 | Passcode: 959625 | Dial in: 312-626-6799
Program:      "Interurban Railways of Canada," by Ray DeGroote.

                   Ray will show a selection of views of seven Canadian systems which continued service into the 
                    1950's, long enough that many color photos of his and other collectors are available.
                   See also what cars remain today in museums to remind us of some large and some small
                     enterprises that once were very close to us and continued in service long after many of ours were
                     gone.
Information:  https://www.cera-chicago.org/events
Oct 21 (Friday) Railroad and Shortlines Club of Chicago meeting. (7:30-9:30 PM)
Location:        Chicago Union Station (500 W Jackson Blvd Room 107A (use Jackson entrance between
                       Clinton and Canal) Chicago, Illinois))
Admission:     Free.
Program:        To be announced.
Information:    Check https://rscc.dhke.com/ for last-minute changes.
                     Phone number for program announcements: 312 725-0432; leave message to receive a call back.
                     This phone number is answered during the program.
For program announcements by email, send a blank message
  To: rscc+subscribe@groups.io
Oct 28 (Friday)  Central Electric Railfans' Association meeting. (7:00-9:00 PM)
Location:      899 S. Plymouth Ct.
                   For your first visit, you might need a bit of wayfinding:
                   Though the building is marked “899 South Plymouth,” you can’t actually enter from that street.
                     The staffed entrance is on 9th St., just west of State St. There you’ll be welcomed by a doorman
                     and sent up the elevator to the mezzanine-level meeting room.
                    The building entrance is just 1500 feet from Roosevelt Green/Orange/Red Line stations, or 900
                      feet from the Polk exit from Harrison Red Line station (but there is no elevator at Harrison).
                      Buses 29, 62, and 146 stop at the corner of 9th & State.
                    Parking is available in the buildings on the east side of State Street, and can be prepaid at
                      discount rates through SpotHero.com or ParkWhiz.com. Several restaurants are quite
                      convenient, including Chicago Curry House in the same building, Bar Louie in Dearborn Station
                      and Taco Maya and Lou Malnati’s Pizza, both just across State St.
Admission:   Members for the year 2022 (and their spouse) are admitted free. All others are asked to pay a
                     $5.00 admission. Of course, payment of 2022 membership dues can be made at-the-door.
Program:      "Philadelphia’s Market Street Trolley Subway," by George Gula.

                    Longtime CERA member and presenter George Gula is making the trip in from Pennsylvania to
                     bring us his fascinating take on the Philadelphia Market Street Trolley Subway.
                    It’s a line that’s still running today! George will speak on the subway from its inception through
                     the present day, as it still operates. In Philadelphia, it is known as the Subway-Surface as the
                     car lines leave the tunnels and then operate on the streets of southwest Philadelphia. We’ll look
                     at the lines in all their glory, past and present.
Information:  https://www.cera-chicago.org/events
Nov 4 (Friday) Omnibus Society of America meeting. (7:00-9:00 PM -- Please do not arrive before 6:45 PM)
Location:      ) San Lucas United Church of Christ (Basement), 2914 W North Ave.
                      Enter the basement from the walkway on the side of the building. There are steps into the
                        basement. The church is on the north side of North Avenue between Francisco and Richmond
                        (across the street from Humboldt Park).
                       If using public transit, Get off CTA bus #72 NORTH bus at Francisco, or get off CTA bus #94 --
                         CALIFORNIA bus at North Ave and walk west.
                       There is plenty of on-street parking eastbound on the south side of North Ave adjacent to
                         Humboldt Park, or in a small parking lot behind the church.
                       Call Adam on 847 215-0180 if there are difficulties.
Admission:   ) Members and their guest are admitted without charge. All other are asked to make a $5.00
                        contribution.
Program:      ) "Buses from Chicago westward to Hawaii," a presentation by Vince Allen. 
Nov 4 (Friday) Blackhawk Chapter -- NRHS meeting. (7:30-9:30 PM)
Location:      ) Gladys Fox Museum (231 E. 9th St).in Lockport, Illinois.
Admission:   ) Free.
Program:      ) To be announced.
Nov 11 (Friday)  Chicago Chapter -- NRHS meeting. (7:30-9:00 PM)
Location:      Lincoln Center, 935 Maple Ave in Downers Grove. (Location is three blocks south of the Downers
                      Grove (Main St) Metra Station on the BNSF line.)

                     A notice is posted in the building entrance with the assigned meeting room.  
Admission:   Free.The general public as well as members of the Chicago Chapter are welcome to attend.
Program:      To be announced. 
Information:  http://chicagorailassociation.org
Nov 11 (Friday)  Central Electric Railfans' Association Virtual meeting. (7:00-9:00 PM)
Sign in  :      ) See CERA website at https://www.cera-chicago.org/
Program:      ) To be announced.
Information:  https://www.cera-chicago.org/events
Nov 18 (Friday) Railroad and Shortlines Club of Chicago meeting. (7:30-9:30 PM)
Location:        Chicago Union Station (500 W Jackson Blvd Room 107A (use Jackson entrance between
                       Clinton and Canal) Chicago, Illinois))
Admission:     Free.
Program:        To be announced.
Information:    Check https://rscc.dhke.com/ for last-minute changes.
                     Phone number for program announcements: 312 725-0432; leave message to receive a call back.
                     This phone number is answered during the program.
For program announcements by email, send a blank message
  To: rscc+subscribe@groups.io
Nov 25 (Friday)  Central Electric Railfans' Association meeting. (7:00-9:00 PM)
Location:      899 S. Plymouth Ct.
                   For your first visit, you might need a bit of wayfinding:
                   Though the building is marked “899 South Plymouth,” you can’t actually enter from that street.
                     The staffed entrance is on 9th St., just west of State St. There you’ll be welcomed by a doorman
                     and sent up the elevator to the mezzanine-level meeting room.
                    The building entrance is just 1500 feet from Roosevelt Green/Orange/Red Line stations, or 900
                      feet from the Polk exit from Harrison Red Line station (but there is no elevator at Harrison).
                      Buses 29, 62, and 146 stop at the corner of 9th & State.
                    Parking is available in the buildings on the east side of State Street, and can be prepaid at
                      discount rates through SpotHero.com or ParkWhiz.com. Several restaurants are quite
                      convenient, including Chicago Curry House in the same building, Bar Louie in Dearborn Station
                      and Taco Maya and Lou Malnati’s Pizza, both just across State St.
Admission:   Members for the year 2022 (and their spouse) are admitted free. All others are asked to pay a
                     $5.00 admission. Of course, payment of 2022 membership dues can be made at-the-door.
Program:      To be announced.
Information:  https://www.cera-chicago.org/events
Dec 2 (Friday) Omnibus Society of America meeting. (7:00-9:00 PM -- Please do not arrive before 6:45 PM)
Location:      ) San Lucas United Church of Christ (Basement), 2914 W North Ave.
                      Enter the basement from the walkway on the side of the building. There are steps into the
                        basement. The church is on the north side of North Avenue between Francisco and Richmond
                        (across the street from Humboldt Park).
                       If using public transit, Get off CTA bus #72 NORTH bus at Francisco, or get off CTA bus #94 --
                         CALIFORNIA bus at North Ave and walk west.
                       There is plenty of on-street parking eastbound on the south side of North Ave adjacent to
                         Humboldt Park, or in a small parking lot behind the church.
                       Call Adam on 847 215-0180 if there are difficulties.
Admission:   ) Members and their guest are admitted without charge. All other are asked to make a $5.00
                        contribution.
Program:      ) Streetcar, Trolleybus and Motor Bus operations of  CSL/CTA Rt  #52 -- KEZIE/CALIFORNIA and
                       TR #17 -- KEDZIE and successors. Also included will be a look at other Chicago-area bus
                      service. A presentation by William M. Shapotkin.
Dec 2 (Friday) Blackhawk Chapter -- NRHS meeting. (7:30-9:30 PM)
Location:      ) Gladys Fox Museum (231 E. 9th St).in Lockport, Illinois.
Admission:   ) Free.
Program:      ) To be announced.
Dec 9 (Friday)  Chicago Chapter -- NRHS meeting. (7:30-9:00 PM)
Location:      Lincoln Center, 935 Maple Ave in Downers Grove. (Location is three blocks south of the Downers
                      Grove (Main St) Metra Station on the BNSF line.)

                     A notice is posted in the building entrance with the assigned meeting room.  
Admission:   Free.The general public as well as members of the Chicago Chapter are welcome to attend.
Program:      To be announced. 
Information:  http://chicagorailassociation.org
Dec 9 (Friday)  Central Electric Railfans' Association Virtual meeting. (7:00-9:00 PM)
Sign in  :      ) See CERA website at https://www.cera-chicago.org/
Program:      ) To be announced.
Information:  https://www.cera-chicago.org/events
Dec 16 (Friday) Railroad and Shortlines Club of Chicago meeting. (7:30-9:30 PM)
Location:        Chicago Union Station (500 W Jackson Blvd Room 107A (use Jackson entrance between
                       Clinton and Canal) Chicago, Illinois))
Admission:     Free.
Program:        To be announced.
Information:    Check https://rscc.dhke.com/ for last-minute changes.
                     Phone number for program announcements: 312 725-0432; leave message to receive a call back.
                     This phone number is answered during the program.
For program announcements by email, send a blank message
  To: rscc+subscribe@groups.io
Dec 23 (Friday)  Central Electric Railfans' Association meeting. (7:00-9:00 PM)
Location:      899 S. Plymouth Ct.
                   For your first visit, you might need a bit of wayfinding:
                   Though the building is marked “899 South Plymouth,” you can’t actually enter from that street.
                     The staffed entrance is on 9th St., just west of State St. There you’ll be welcomed by a doorman
                     and sent up the elevator to the mezzanine-level meeting room.
                    The building entrance is just 1500 feet from Roosevelt Green/Orange/Red Line stations, or 900
                      feet from the Polk exit from Harrison Red Line station (but there is no elevator at Harrison).
                      Buses 29, 62, and 146 stop at the corner of 9th & State.
                    Parking is available in the buildings on the east side of State Street, and can be prepaid at
                      discount rates through SpotHero.com or ParkWhiz.com. Several restaurants are quite
                      convenient, including Chicago Curry House in the same building, Bar Louie in Dearborn Station
                      and Taco Maya and Lou Malnati’s Pizza, both just across State St.
Admission:   Members for the year 2022 (and their spouse) are admitted free. All others are asked to pay a
                     $5.00 admission. Of course, payment of 2022 membership dues can be made at-the-door.
Program:      "One Hundred and Thirty Years of Service on the South Side 'L'," a presentation by William M.
                     Shapotkin.
Information:  https://www.cera-chicago.org/events
Oct 12 (Wednesday) Twentieth Century Railroad Club meeting.
Location:      )
Admission:   ) No meeting scheduled.
Program:      )
Nov 9 (Wednesday) Twentieth Century Railroad Club meeting.
Location:      )
Admission:   ) No meeting scheduled.
Program:      )
Dec 7 (Wednesday) Twentieth Century Railroad Club meeting.
Location:      )
Admission:   ) No meeting scheduled.
Program:      )
Dec 2 (Friday) Blackhawk Chapter -- NRHS meeting. (7:30-9:30 PM)
Location:      ) Gladys Fox Museum (231 E. 9th St).in Lockport, Illinois.
Admission:   ) Free.
Program:      ) To be announced.
Oct 13-16 (Thurs-Sun) Motor Bus Society Chicagoland Convention
Location:      ) Doubletree Hotel (5460 N River Rd) in Rosemont, Illinois.
                      For information about the convention and the local trips they are taking, please see the
                       convention registration registration package brochure. 
                      Fall 2022 Convention Registration Package: https://motorbussociety.org/conventn/Fall2022.pdf
                      Convention Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/395034559451920/
                      Motor Bus Society home page: https://motorbussociety.org/
                      Motor Bus Society Facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/motorbussociety
Program:      ) "Chicago's North and Northwest Side Trolley Buses," by William Shapotkin
                       At one time, Chicago had the largest operation of trolley buses anywhere in North America.
                       The greatest concentration of trolley bus service in Chicago was on the North and Northwest
                       Side. Tonight we will take a look at the East-West routes that served this side of the city. All
                       of these replaced streetcar service and continued until the early 1970s providing service
                       twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. A few even survived into the extension of rapid
                       transit service from Logan Square to Jefferson Park in early 1970. Join us for a journey into the
                       not-to-distant past as we travel across the North and Northwest Sides under wire. 
Oct 23 (Sunday) Fall Indiana Swap Meet and Program in Griffith, IN.
Location:      American Legion Post 66 (132 N Wiggs St, Griffith, IN) 
                   The hall opens around 8 AM for vendor setup and opens to the public at 10 AM. 
                   Selling runs from 10 AM to 2 PM (or as long as the vendors decided to stay) and then we
                    present a program on Indiana railroads.

                   A $2 donation is requested at the door.

                   8' Vendor tables are $15 each, however the first table is FREE to Blackhawk members.
                    TABLES SELL OUT QUICKLY. The size of the hall is limited, and our floor plan allows for easy
                    movement rather than packing in as many tables as possible. We do maintain a waiting list, but for
                    best results, order and pay for your tables as soon as you can.

                   Requests for tables should be directed to: Blackhawk Railway Historical Society, 2009 Boehme St,
                     Lockport, IL 60441-4611.

                   While in Griffith, stop by the Griffith Historical Society's Railroad Park and museum (201 S Broad
                     St) at the famous railroad crossing and junction, or stop by the Hi-Rail Modular Train Club at the
                     nearby Franklin Center (201 N. Griffith Blvd.)