This page was last updated: September 24, 2018
- 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 27 (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:             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).
Sept 28-30 (Friday-Sunday)      Central Electric Railfans' Association 80th Anniversary Weekend
Friday, Sept 28th 5:30-9:30 PM Banquet and presentation "Early Railfan Excursions in Southern California," by
                       Harvey Laner. Admission ONLY with purchase of banquet ticket.
           Location is at Loop River Room -- University Center (525 S. State St).
Saturday, Sept 29th. Inspection Trip to East Troy Electric Railroad. Chartered bus departs Cumberland 'L'
                       Station (Greyhound bus boarding area) 11:00 AM -- returning 7:30 PM.
Sunday, Sept 30th. Inspection Trip to Illinois Railway Museum. Chartered bus departs Cumberland 'L' station
                       (Greyhound bus boarding area) 11:30 AM -- returning 6:00 PM.
For full details (pricing, non-transit options to/from museums, etc), see http://cera-chicago.org/event-2995984
Oct 10 (Friday)  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:     A two part program:
                    Part 1 - Jerry Pyfer "Working #366-367 on the Ladd Line" The Milwaukee Road Ladd Line ran
                     between Janesville, WI and Ladd, IL. Ride along as Jerry describes how the train operated in the
                     1970s when he was a trainman and later conductor working the job. You will see and learn how
                     the job evolved over the decade.
                    Part 2 - Lloyd Rinehart program on Ore Trains in Michigan’s upper
                      peninsula including Chicago &Northwestern RR in the Escanaba area covering over 9 trips over a
                      20 year period.
Information:  https://20thcentury.org/meetings
Oct 20 (Saturday) The Milwaukee Elec Rwy & Transit Hist Soc meeting  2:30-4:30 PM
Location:  Waterstone Bank (6560 S 27th St) in Oak Creek, WI.
Admission:       Free
Program:               To be announced.
Information      http://www.tmer.org/index.html
Oct 5 (Friday) Omnibus Society of America meeting (7:00-9:30 PM)
Location:                Swedish Covenant Hospital (2751 W. Winona Ave (Anderson Pavilion)).
Admission:             Free.
Program:                "Chicago & West Towns (Part II)", by William M. Shapotkin.
                              Tonight's presentation will cover operations (past and present) of streetcar and motor bus
                               operations of West Towns (and PACE) transit service on Madison St (including present-day
                               bustitution of the Westchester 'L') as well as streetcar and motor bus operations of the
                               Berwyn-Lyons and La Grange Lines.
Information             http://osabus.org/
Oct 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:                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
Oct 26 (Friday)      Central Electric Railfans' Association meeting  7:00-9:00 PM
Location: University Center (525 S. State St -- 2nd Floor).
Admission:           Free.
Program:               Program to be announced.
Information      www.cera-chicago.org
Oct 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:     "Mitch Markovitz - Railroad Artist." Mitch's art is well known to South Shore riders and residents
                    of Northwest Indiana. Mitch has illustrated a series of posters for the South Shore in the style of
                    the classic posters of the Insull era. Mitch's work includes book covers and a series posters for
                    the Northwest Indiana Forum depicting life in Northwest Indiana. 

​                    Aside from his career as an artist Mitch also worked as a conductor for Amtrak and the South
                    Shore, where he also worked as a motorman. Mitch will also have some of his work available for
                    purchase at the meeting.
​Info:  https://www.blackhawkrailwayhistoricalsociety.org/
Oct 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 Street
 Station on the Metra/BNSF line.)
Admission:  Free.
Program:     Program to be announced.
Information:  http://www.chicagorailassociation.org/
Oct 20 (Saturday) Chicago Terminal Chapter of the Pennsylvania Railroad Technical and Historical                                        Society  meeting
Meeting date changed to Saturday, October 27th!!!
Nov 2 (Friday) Omnibus Society of America meeting (7:00-9:30 PM)
Location:                Swedish Covenant Hospital (2751 W. Winona Ave (Anderson Pavilion)).
Admission:             Free.
Program:                A slide presentation by Mike Muhulenbach.
Information             http://osabus.org/
Nov 2 (Friday)  Blackhawk Chapter -- NRHS meeting (7:30-10:00 PM)
Location:     Gladys Fox Museum (231 E 9th St) in Lockport, IL.
Admission:  Free.
Program:     A program by long-time Blackhawk member and world-traveler and photographer Joe Petric.
​Info:  https://www.blackhawkrailwayhistoricalsociety.org/
Nov 3 (Saturday)  Friends of the Rock Island Chicagoland meeting (6:30-9:00 PM)
Location:                Grace United Methodist Church - Lower Level - enter at rear
                              (12739 Maple Ave in Blue Island, IL).
Admission:             Free will donation to pay for flyers, mailing and a donation to the church for the use of their
                              facilities.
Program:                6:30-7:30 PM – "Mini" Swap Meet / Display - Bring items you want to trade, sell or show. 
                             7:30-9:00 PM –  Steve Hile will present a program about the RI’s Decorah branch.
                                                     Paul Schuch stopped in at the Manly RR museum and will present photos
                                                     and report on the status there.
Information             Swap Tables: Paul Hunnell <phunnell_at_yahoo.com> 630-369-0221.
General Info:           Jim Suhs <jamessuhs_at_sbcglobal.net> 815-588-1504.
                             Tom Mitoraj <mitoraj_at_yahoo.com> 630-606-7030. 
Nov 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/
Nov 14 (Friday)  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:    "Batavia's Railroads," by Leo Phillips.
Information:  https://20thcentury.org/meetings
Nov 16 (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 Chicago Milwaukee & Gary," by William M. Shapotkin.
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
Nov 23 (Friday)      Central Electric Railfans' Association meeting  7:00-9:00 PM
Location: University Center (525 S. State St -- 2nd Floor).
Admission:           Free to CERA members -- non-members are NOT ADMITTED.
Program:               Program to be announced.
Information      www.cera-chicago.org
Dec 7 (Friday) Omnibus Society of America meeting (7:00-9:30 PM)
Location:                Swedish Covenant Hospital (2751 W. Winona Ave (Anderson Pavilion)).
Admission:             Free.
Program:                A slide presentation by Ed Montejano.
Information             http://osabus.org/
Dec 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:     Annual business meeting and holiday party.

                  After we cover Blackhawk business and elect officers, this month's program will be our first-ever
                  Blackhawk Movie Night - A collection of short railroad films and TV programs...with some surprises.  

​                  Blackhawk members are asked to bring food to share.
​Info:  https://www.blackhawkrailwayhistoricalsociety.org/
Dec 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/
Dec 12 (Wednesday)  20th Century Railroad Club
No Meeting this month.
Information:  https://20thcentury.org/meetings
Dec 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
Dec 28 (Friday)      Central Electric Railfans' Association meeting  7:00-9:00 PM
Location: University Center (525 S. State St -- 2nd Floor).
Admission:           Free to CERA members -- non-members are NOT ADMITTED.
Program:               Program to be announced.
Information      www.cera-chicago.org