This page was last updated: March 27, 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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Apr 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:      "Chicago Area Transit in Transition," a presentation by William Shapotkin.
​                    Tonight's program will take a look back at the changing face of urban and suburban transit.
                     First we will first take a trip along the east end of 95th St, with views from the vintage era of the
                      streetcar to present-day bus operations under CTA.
                     Second we visit the North Shore -- traveling along Green Bay Route from Evanston to Highland
                      Park, using Evanston Bus, Nortran and PACE. We will then take a look at WILBUS (and
                      a look a predecessor Glenview bus) as well as successor PACE operations of out Wilmette.
                     Thirdly will be a trip along PACE Rt #215 -- HOWARD-CRAWFORD, which later this year is
                       scheduled to be part of a PACE route restructuring project. 
Information:   http://osabus.org/
Apr 5 (Friday)  Blackhawk Chapter -- NRHS meeting (7:30-10:00 PM)
Location:     Gladys Fox Museum (231 E 9th St) in Lockport, IL.
Admission:  Free.
Program:     "Chicago & Milwaukee Electric through Lake Forest -- Chicago & North Western's 1900 Lake
                    Forest, IL, Station Sheds Light on a Forgotten Era," by Dave Mattoon and Art Miller.
​Info:  https://www.blackhawkrailwayhistoricalsociety.org/
Apr 7 (Sunday)  Blackhawk Chapter -- NRHS Spring Swap Meet (10:00 AM-4:00 PM)
Location:     American Legion Post 66 (132 N. Wiggs St) in Griffith, IN.
Admission:  Donation of $2.00 requested at the door.
Program:     10:00 AM-2:00 PM -- Swap Meet.
                   2:00-4:00 PM -- Movie(s) on the Penn Central in Indiana.
​Info:  https://www.blackhawkrailwayhistoricalsociety.org/
Apr 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/
Apr 19 (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:      "The Early Development of the Steam Locomotive and the American Standard 4-4-0, and Building
                     the Transcontinental Railroad on the 150th Anniversary of the Golden Spike (May 10th, 1869)."
                     Program includes photo of railroad stations along the route, by Charles Paidock
      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
Apr 13 (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:     A three-part presentation:
                   1. Scheduled this meeting is a PBS presentation on the history of the Pennsylvania Railroad.Dan
                       Cupper appears as one of the contributing historians, and Carl Korn appears as an ex-PRR
                       employee. Dan is a member of the PRRT&HS and is the author of a Society published soft cover
                       book on the history of the Rockville Bridge, while Carl was one of Bill Volkmer’s supervisors when
                       he was employed by the railroad. Several other ex-PRR employees comment on their experience
                       working for the Railroad.
                    2. Two short movie presentations will follow:
                        The first is a filming of the inaugural arrival of the PRR’s Airway Limited at its destination of Port
                        Columbus, Ohio. The Airway Limited was part of a short lived venture to reduce the travel time
                        between the two US coasts by affording travelers safe rail travel overnight followed by air travel
                        during the day.(The Santa Fe handled overnight travel west of the Mississippi River).The service
                        was short lived, as airline technology developed that permitted longer and safer flights, particular
                        those occurring at night.

                        The second movie will cover a PRR’s ballast cleaning train operating during the steam era.
                      3. Finally, Jim Burd will give a presentation from his extensive slide collection starting in ca. 1969.
                        His presentation at our last meeting was very well received.
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).
Apr 6 (Saturday)  Burlington Route Historical Society Spring Meet (7:30-10:00 PM)
Location:     Lyon Farm (7935 Illinois Route 71) in Yorkville, IL.
Admission:  $45.00 -- includes admission to Swap Meet, afternoon Clinics, Evening Meal and Program. (See
                  "Info" for full pricing details.)
Program:     9:00 AM-12:00 Noon -- Swap Meet/Model Displays.
                  12:01-1:00 Catered Lunch (Individual Settlement).
                   1:00-5:00 PM Clinics (See Info" for full details).
                   5:00-8:00 PM Social Hour/Banquet/Program -- featured presentation is a presentation on Fox
                    River Railroading, by Leo Phillipp.
​Info/Registration/Additional Material:
                    http://www.burlingtonroute.org/BRHS/annual_meetings/spring_meeting/2019%20Spring%20Meet%20Flyer.pdf
May 3 (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:      "Trolley buses of North America," by John Le Beau and Mel Bernero.
Information:   http://osabus.org/
May 3 (Friday)  Blackhawk Chapter -- NRHS meeting (7:30-10:00 PM)
Location:     Gladys Fox Museum (231 E 9th St) in Lockport, IL.
Admission:  Free.
Program:     "Chicago & Milwaukee Electric through Lake Forest -- Chicago & North Western's 1900 Lake
                    Forest, IL, Station Sheds Light on a Forgotten Era," by Dave Mattoon and Art Miller.
​Info:  https://www.blackhawkrailwayhistoricalsociety.org/
Apr 26 (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
Apr 10 (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 8 (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 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:      "The Early Development of the Steam Locomotive and the American Standard 4-4-0, and Building
                     the Transcontinental Railroad on the 150th Anniversary of the Golden Spike (May 10th, 1869)."
                     Program includes photo of railroad stations along the route, by Charles Paidock
      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 10 (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/
Apr 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:      "Milwaukee Streetcar Memories," a presentation by Dick Pfeiffer.

Apr 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:      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:      Program to be announced.
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:      To be announced.
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.
Apr 20 (Saturday) Chicago Terminal Chapter of the Pennsylvania Railroad Technical and Historical                                        Society  meeting. 
Meeting date has been changed to Saturday, April 13th.