This page was last updated: January 4, 2021
- 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.

Jan 23 (Saturday) Chicago Terminal Chapter of the Pennsylvania Railroad Technical and Historical                                        Society  meeting.
Location:      )
Admission:   ) Meeting CANCELLED due to health concerns.
Program:      )
Apr 24 (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
July 24 (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
Oct 23 (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
Jan 12 (Wednesday)  20th Century Railroad Club meeting.
Location:     )
Admission:  ) No Meeting Scheduled.
Program:     )
Feb 10 (Wednesday)  20th Century Railroad Club meeting. (6:30-8:30 PM)
Location:     Chicago Union Station (500 W Jackson Blvd) (Founders Room -- SW corner of Great Hall)
Admission:  Free.
Program:     Program to be announced.
Information:  https://20thcentury.org/meetings
Mar 10 (Wednesday)  20th Century Railroad Club meeting. (6:30-8:30 PM)
Location:     Chicago Union Station (500 W Jackson Blvd) (Founders Room -- SW corner of Great Hall)
Admission:  Free.
Program:     Program to be announced.
Information:  https://20thcentury.org/meetings
Apr 14 (Wednesday)  20th Century Railroad Club meeting. (6:30-8:30 PM)
Location:     Chicago Union Station (500 W Jackson Blvd) (Founders Room -- SW corner of Great Hall)
Admission:  Free.
Program:     Program to be announced.
Information:  https://20thcentury.org/meetings
Jan 15 (Friday)  Railroad and Shortlines Club of Chicago meeting.
Location:      )
Admission:   ) Meeting CANCELLED due to health concerns.    
Program:      )
Feb 19 (Friday)  Railroad and Shorelines Club of Chicago meeting. (7:30-9:30 PM)
Location:     Chicago Union Station (500 W Jackson Blvd Room 107A (enter on Jackson bet Clinton and Canal).
Admission:   Free.
Program:      To be announced.
Information:  Be sure to check this Events page on day of meeting for status update. 
Mar 19 (Friday)  Railroad and Shortlines Club of Chicago meeting. (7:30-9:30 PM)
Location:     Chicago Union Station (500 W Jackson Blvd Room 107A (enter on Jackson bet Clinton and Canal).
Admission:   Free.
Program:      To be announced.
Information:  Be sure to check this Events page on day of meeting for status update. 
Apr 16 (Friday)  Railroad and Shorelines Club of Chicago meeting. (7:30-9:30 PM)
Location:     Chicago Union Station (500 W Jackson Blvd Room 107A (enter on Jackson bet Clinton and Canal).
Admission:   Free.
Program:      To be announced.
Information:  Be sure to check this Events page on day of meeting for status update. 
Feb 5 (Friday)  Blackhawk Chapter -- NRHS meeting. (7:30-9:30 PM)
Location:      Gladys Fox Museum (231 E 9th St -- SW corner of 9th Street (Illinois Route 7) and Washington
                   St in Lockport, Illinois.  
Admission:   Free. Public invited, although masking and social distancing will be enforced.
Program:      To be announced. 
Information:   Check website https://www.blackhawkrailwayhistoricalsociety.org/schedule.html on date of event.
Mar 5 (Friday)  Blackhawk Chapter -- NRHS meeting. (7:30-9:30 PM)
Location:      Gladys Fox Museum (231 E 9th St -- SW corner of 9th Street (Illinois Route 7) and Washington
                   St in Lockport, Illinois.  
Admission:   Free. Public invited, although masking and social distancing will be enforced.
Program:      To be announced. 
Information:   Check website https://www.blackhawkrailwayhistoricalsociety.org/schedule.html on date of event.
Apr 2 (Friday)  Blackhawk Chapter -- NRHS meeting. (7:30-9:30 PM)
Location:      Gladys Fox Museum (231 E 9th St -- SW corner of 9th Street (Illinois Route 7) and Washington
                   St in Lockport, Illinois.  
Admission:   Free. Public invited, although masking and social distancing will be enforced.
Program:      To be announced. 
Information:   Check website https://www.blackhawkrailwayhistoricalsociety.org/schedule.html on date of event.
Apr 2 (Friday) Omnibus Society of America meeting (7:00-9:30 PM -- doors open 6:45 PM)
Location:      San Lucas United Church of Christ (2914 W North Ave in Chicago) -- basement. Enter along
                     walkway on west side of building. (NOT ADA accessible).
                   CTA Rt #72 -- NORTH bus serves intersection of North/Francisco. CTA Rt #94 --
                    CALIFORNIA bus serves intersection of North/California (1 block east).
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/
Jan 8 (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 Downers
                    Grove (Main St Metra Station) on BNSF. A notice is posted in the building entrance with the
                    assigned meeting room.   
Admission:   The general public as well as members of the Chicago Chapter are welcome to attend.
Program:      To be announced.
Information:   Check website http://www.chicagorailassociation.org/
Feb 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 Downers
                    Grove (Main St Metra Station) on BNSF. A notice is posted in the building entrance with the
                    assigned meeting room.   
Admission:   The general public as well as members of the Chicago Chapter are welcome to attend.
Program:      To be announced.
Information:   Check website http://www.chicagorailassociation.org/
Mar 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 Downers
                    Grove (Main St Metra Station) on BNSF. A notice is posted in the building entrance with the
                    assigned meeting room.   
Admission:   The general public as well as members of the Chicago Chapter are welcome to attend.
Program:      To be announced.
Information:   Check website http://www.chicagorailassociation.org/
Apr 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 Downers
                    Grove (Main St Metra Station) on BNSF. A notice is posted in the building entrance with the
                    assigned meeting room.   
Admission:   The general public as well as members of the Chicago Chapter are welcome to attend.
Program:      To be announced.
Information:   Check website http://www.chicagorailassociation.org/
Jan 23 (Saturday) Northwest Ill Chapter -- NRHS meeting. 7:00-9:00 PM (doors open 6:30 PM)
Location:      St. Marks Lutheran Church (675 N Mulford Rd) in Rockford, IL.
Admission:   Free.
Program:      To be announced.
Information:   http://www.nwinrhs.org/meetings.htm
Feb 27 (Saturday) Northwest Ill Chapter -- NRHS meeting. 7:00-9:00 PM (doors open 6:30 PM)
Location:      St. Marks Lutheran Church (675 N Mulford Rd) in Rockford, IL.
Admission:   Free.
Program:      To be announced.
Information:   http://www.nwinrhs.org/meetings.htm
Mar 27 (Saturday) Northwest Ill Chapter -- NRHS meeting. 7:00-9:00 PM (doors open 6:30 PM)
Location:      St. Marks Lutheran Church (675 N Mulford Rd) in Rockford, IL.
Admission:   Free.
Program:      To be announced.
Information:   http://www.nwinrhs.org/meetings.htm
Apr 24 (Saturday) Northwest Ill Chapter -- NRHS meeting. 7:00-9:00 PM (doors open 6:30 PM)
Location:      St. Marks Lutheran Church (675 N Mulford Rd) in Rockford, IL.
Admission:   Free.
Program:      To be announced.
Information:   http://www.nwinrhs.org/meetings.html
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Feb 5 (Friday) Omnibus Society of America meeting (7:00-9:00 PM -- doors open 6:45 PM)
Location:      San Lucas United Church of Christ (2914 W North Ave in Chicago) -- basement. Enter along
                     walkway on west side of building. (NOT ADA accessible).
                    CTA Rt #72 -- NORTH bus serves intersection of North/Francisco. CTA Rt #94 --
                     CALIFORNIA bus serves intersection of North/California (1 block east).
                   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 Kerman (847 215-0180) if there are difficulties.
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/
Mar 5 (Friday) Omnibus Society of America meeting (7:00-9:00 PM -- doors open 6:45 PM)
Location:      San Lucas United Church of Christ (2914 W North Ave in Chicago) -- basement. Enter along
                    walkway on west side of building. (NOT ADA accessible).
                   CTA Rt #72 -- NORTH bus serves intersection of North/Francisco. CTA Rt #94 --
                     CALIFORNIA bus serves intersection of North/California (1 block east).
                   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 Kerman (847 215-0180) if there are difficulties.
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 7 (Friday)  Blackhawk Chapter -- NRHS meeting. (7:30-9:30 PM)
Location:      Gladys Fox Museum (231 E 9th St -- SW corner of 9th Street (Illinois Route 7) and Washington
                   St in Lockport, Illinois.  
Admission:   Free. Public invited, although masking and social distancing will be enforced.
Program:      To be announced. 
Information:   Check website https://www.blackhawkrailwayhistoricalsociety.org/schedule.html on date of event.
May 7 (Friday) Omnibus Society of America meeting (7:00-9:30 PM -- doors open 6:45 PM)
Location:      San Lucas United Church of Christ (2914 W North Ave in Chicago) -- basement. Enter along
                     walkway on west side of building. (NOT ADA accessible).
                   CTA Rt #72 -- NORTH bus serves intersection of North/Francisco. CTA Rt #94 --
                    CALIFORNIA bus serves intersection of North/California (1 block east).
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.
May 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 Downers
                    Grove (Main St Metra Station) on BNSF. A notice is posted in the building entrance with the
                    assigned meeting room.   
Admission:   The general public as well as members of the Chicago Chapter are welcome to attend.
Program:      To be announced.
Information:   Check website http://www.chicagorailassociation.org/
May 12 (Wednesday)  20th Century Railroad Club meeting. (6:30-8:30 PM)
Location:     Chicago Union Station (500 W Jackson Blvd) (Founders Room -- SW corner of Great Hall)
Admission:  Free.
Program:     Program to be announced.
Information:  https://20thcentury.org/meetings
May 21 (Friday)  Railroad and Shorelines Club of Chicago meeting. (7:30-9:30 PM)
Location:     Chicago Union Station (500 W Jackson Blvd Room 107A (enter on Jackson bet Clinton and Canal).
Admission:   Free.
Program:      To be announced.
Information:  Be sure to check this Events page on day of meeting for status update. 
May 22 (Saturday) Northwest Ill Chapter -- NRHS meeting. 7:00-9:00 PM (doors open 6:30 PM)
Location:      St. Marks Lutheran Church (675 N Mulford Rd) in Rockford, IL.
Admission:   Free.
Program:      To be announced.
Information:   http://www.nwinrhs.org/meetings.html
Jan 7 (Thursday) Omnibus Society of America virtual meeting (7:00-9:00 PM)
Topic: Living the Dream: Nine years as a CTA transit planner by David Wilson. David Wilson will
           reminisce about the time he spent at Chicago Transit Authority as a transit planner for bus
           routes based at garages on the southwest side of Chicago.
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Meeting ID: 875 8785 0686
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Jan 14 (Thursday) Omnibus Society of America virtual meeting (7:00-9:00 PM)
Topic: Modern congestion management techniques for Pace bus routes by David Tomzik and Taqhi
            Mohammed, Pace Suburban Bus Service
          Pace Suburban Bus Service has been an industry leader in congestion management on busy
          suburban arterials with bus service. Taqhi is the engineer in charge of deploying technology
          that allows buses to approach intersections to request an extension to the green interval
          under specific circumstances. Dave is in charge of the technology group and will explain the
          communications technology Pace uses on board buses.
Join Zoom Meeting
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Jan 22 (Friday)  Central Electric Railfans' Association meeting.
Location:      )
Admission:   ) Meeting CANCELLED due to health concerns.    
Program:      )
Feb 26 (Friday)  Central Electric Railfans' Association meeting.
Location:      )
Admission:   ) Meeting CANCELLED due to health concerns.    
Program:      )
Mar 26 (Friday)  Central Electric Railfans' Association meeting.
Location:      )
Admission:   ) Meeting CANCELLED due to health concerns.    
Program:      )
Apr 23 (Friday)  Central Electric Railfans' Association meeting.
Location:      )
Admission:   ) Meeting CANCELLED due to health concerns.    
Program:      )
May 28 (Friday)  Central Electric Railfans' Association meeting.
Location:      )
Admission:   ) Meeting CANCELLED due to health concerns.    
Program:      )
Jan 8 (Friday)  Central Electric Railfans' Association virtual meeting (7:00-9:00 PM)
Topic: Remembering the North Shore Line.
          For many of us who actually rode it, it’s hard to believe that it’s been 58 years since the abandonment
           of the North Shore Line.
          Sam Insull’s “super interurban” was a cut above all others. No other interurban maintained
            the standard of fast, reliable service that was the North Shore’s. Once featuring brass-railed
            observation-parlor cars and full dining cars, the North Shore maintained food and beverage
            service to the end on its Electroliners — the finest interurbans ever built.
          Presenter John Nicholson will take time out to remember the North Shore Line tonight as
           once again its electric cars race along the Skokie Valley Route, pick their way through
           Milwaukee streets, or snake around sharp curves on the “L.”
         We’ll focus on its later years tonight, as the line carried on with its “business as usual” spirit
           right up until the end of operations.
          For those who rode the North Shore, we hope we’ll be able to rekindle fond memories of the
           line. For those who never saw the North Shore, perhaps after tonight they’ll have a better
           idea of why it has always been so special to traction enthusiasts.
Our Zoom meeting room opens its doors at 6:50 p.m. Please join with the link below:
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Meeting ID: 820 6223 7472
Passcode: 107361