This page was last updated: November 27, 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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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:      "Talltrees and HVRM."
Information:  http://chicagorailassociation.org
Dec 9 (Friday)  Central Electric Railfans' Association Virtual meeting. (7:00-9:00 PM)
Sign in  :      ) www.tinyurl.com/CERAonZoom.
Program:      ) Japan's Electric Railroads, by Harvey Laner.
                      The program features the Nagoya Railway and Laner’s first-person experience riding Japan’s
                     third largest electric railroad, known more commonly as the Meitetsu.
                      The program includes a front seat ride on one of the distinctive Panorama Car 7000 series trains
                     in which the motorman’s compartment is above passenger space. The view from the front seats
                     is unrestricted as we travel the Meitetsu Nagoya Main Line to Gifu City.
                      Up next, Harvey takes us to the Kyoto terminal of the Eizan Interurban Division of the Keifuku
                     Electric Railway where he boarded a two-car train of 1936 Kawasaki Car Company built 121-
                     series cars for the 7.83-mile trip to Kurama.
                      The approximately 30-minute ride begins on the Eizan Main Line passing through Kyoto’s solidly
                     urban area. This portion of the Eizan Main Line is shared with cars that serve the branch line to
                     Yase-yuen. The line becomes more rural as the train reaches the end of double track at Iwakura
                     and changes even more as the valley narrows and the grade steepens. The cars are equipped
                     with dynamic brakes as grades can reach 5%.
                     Finally, Harvey shows us the Shonan Monorail, built by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and opened in
                    July of 1971. It was the first monorail of its kind in Japan.
                     The 4.1-mile line is used by commuters that work in Tokyo or Yokohama and by tourists visiting
                    Enoshima’s beaches in the summer months and city dwellers who visit the parks and baths there
                    as well. To support the demand, the 15-minute base service increases to 7 1/2 minutes on summer
                    holidays.
                     As in the past, you'll find our Zoom programs at www.tinyurl.com/CERAonZoom. Please note that,
                    unlike during programs in the past, we will have a Waiting Room, in which the host will let people
                    into the program. We are working on ways in which to deter any potential unwanted, disruptive
                    guests and will likely keep all guests' videos turned off during the program. Please be patient as
                    we work through these adjustments.
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:        "Burlington Hand Sign Clinic," by Leo Phillipp.
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.

                    On June 6, 1892, the first revenue run on South Side Rapid Transit operated between Congress 
                    St. Terminal and 39th St. Service was eventually extended south to both Jackson Park (originally
                    to serve the Columbian Expansion) and Englewood (63rd/Loomis -- later to 63rd/Ashland) and
                    north onto the Loop Elevated. Over the years, several branches were added and, sadly,
                    subsequently eliminated.

                    We will look at the South Side 'L' (as well as see where the one-letter abbreviation for the word
                    "elevated" originated) over the first 130 years of its existence. We will travel around the Stock
                     Yards Loop and visit Kenwood and Normal Park. Our travels will take us to 63rd and Stony Island
                    as well as the short-lived terminal at 63rd/University (and get a view of one train that ATTEMPTED
                    to get to Stony Island) and the present end-of line 63rd/Cottage. We will visit some long-gone
                    stations and a few that have returned.
 
                    We will even visit some of the more interesting attractions along the line!
 
                    Most of our trip will feature multiple-unit rapid transit cars, but vintage images behind steam will
                    also be included.
Information:  https://www.cera-chicago.org/events
Dec 7 (Wednesday) Twentieth Century Railroad Club meeting.
Location:      )
Admission:   ) No meeting scheduled.
Program:      )
Jan 28 (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:      To be announced.
Information:   ld_mlc43@comcast.net
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Jan 6 (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:      ) "Midwest Transit Movies," a video presentation by Verne Rosenthall.
Jan 6 (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.
Jan 13 (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:      "Talltrees and HVRM."
Information:  http://chicagorailassociation.org
Jan 11 (Wednesday) Twentieth Century Railroad Club meeting.
Location:      )
Admission:   ) No meeting scheduled.
Program:      )
Jan 13 (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
Jan 20 (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:        "Burlington Hand Sign Clinic," by Leo Phillipp.
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
Jan 27 (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