This page was last updated: May 22, 2017
- 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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June 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:       "I-90 Market Expansion Program and Tollway reconfiguration," by Ezekiel Guza, associate
                      and Henry Guerriero, traffic and revenue analyst, Illinois State Toll Highway Authority     
                     
                     Ezekiel Guza will make a presentation on Pace's new express bus service along I-90 tollway
                     with bus service expansion in the northwest suburbs, as well as new north-south service
                     connecting with the express services.

                     The buses will operate in the inner Flex Lane, part of the tollway's SmartRoad system. Signs
                     controlling access to the lane will be activated this summer.

                     Henry Guerriero will explain the new lane configuration of the I-90 Jane Addams (Northwest)
                     Tollway and how access to the Flex Lanes will be controlled, as well as the project's history and
                     the engineering decisions that were made.
Information      http://osabus.org/ 
June 2 (Friday) Blackhawk Chapter-NRHS meeting  7:30-10:00 PM
Location: Gladys Fox Museum (s/w corner, 9th/Washington in Lockport, IL)
Admission:    Free.
Program:              "Current railroading," by Robby Gragg. 
Information     http://www.blackhawknrhs.org/meetings.htm
June 2 (Friday)Wisconsin Chapter-NRHS meeting 7:30-10:00 PM
Location:        North Shore Congregational Church (7330 N. Santa Monica Blvd) in Fox Point, WI.
       Admission:     Free
       Program:        To be annnounced.
Information     http://www.nrhswis.org/
July 7 (Friday) Omnibus Society of America meeting 
Location: Swedish Covenant Hospital (2751 W. Winona Ave (Anderson Pavilion)).
Admission: Free.
Program: To be announced.
Information      http://osabus.org
July 7 (Friday) Blackhawk Chapter-NRHS meeting
Location:  )
Admission:    )There is NO scheduled meeting for this month.
Program:       )
Information     http://www.blackhawknrhs.org/meetings.htm
Jul 7  (Friday)Wisconsin Chapter-NRHS meeting
Location: )
Admission:    )There is NO scheduled meeting for this month.
Program:       ).
Information     http://www.nrhswis.org/
Aug 4 (Friday) Omnibus Society of America meeting (7:00-9:30PM)
Location: Swedish Covenant Hospital (2751 W. Winona Ave (Anderson Pavilion)).
Admission: Free.
Program: To be announced.
Information http://osabus.org/ 
Aug 4 (Friday) Blackhawk Chapter-NRHS meeting
Location:  )
Admission:    )There is NO scheduled meeting for this month.
Program:       )
Information     http://www.blackhawknrhs.org/meetings.htm
Aug 4  (Friday)Wisconsin Chapter-NRHS meeting
Location:  )
Admission:    )There is NO scheduled meeting for this month.
Program:       ).
Information     http://www.nrhswis.org/
Sept 1 (Friday) Omnibus Society of America meeting 
Location: )
Admission:    )There is NO scheduled meeting for this month.
Program:       )
Information      http://osabus.org/
Sept 7 (Friday) Blackhawk Chapter-NRHS meeting
Location:  ) 
Admission:    )There is NO scheduled meeting for this month.
Program:       )
Information     http://www.blackhawknrhs.org/meetings.htm
Sept 7  (Friday)Wisconsin Chapter-NRHS meeting
Location:  )
Admission:    )There is NO scheduled meeting for this month.
Program:       ).
Information     http://www.nrhswis.org/
Oct 6 (Friday) Omnibus Society of America meeting  (7:00-9:30 PM)
Location:       Swedish Covenant Hospital (2751 W. Winona Ave (Anderson Pavilion)).
Admission:    Free.
Program:              To be announced.
Information      http://osabus.org/ 
Oct 6 (Friday) Blackhawk Chapter-NRHS meeting  7:30-10:00 PM
Location:       Gladys Fox Museum (s/w corner, 9th/Washington in Lockport, IL)
Admission:    Free.
Program:              To be announced.
Information     http://www.blackhawknrhs.org/meetings.htm
Oct 6 (Friday)Wisconsin Chapter-NRHS meeting  7:30-10:00 PM
Location:       North Shore Congregational Church (7330 N. Santa Monica Boulevard) in Fox Point, WI.
Admission:    Free
Program:       To be annnounced.
Information     http://www.nrhswis.org/
Nov 3 (Friday) Omnibus Society of America meeting  7:00-9:30 PM
Location:       Swedish Covenant Hospital (2751 W. Winona Ave (Anderson Pavilion)).
Admission:    Free.
Program:              To be announced.
Information      http://osabus.org/ 
Nov 3 (Friday) Blackhawk Chapter-NRHS meeting  7:30-10:00 PM
Location:       Gladys Fox Museum (s/w corner, 9th/Washington in Lockport, IL)
Admission:    Free.
Program:              To be announced.
Information     http://www.blackhawknrhs.org/meetings.htm
Nov 3 (Friday)Wisconsin Chapter-NRHS meeting  7:30-10:00 PM
Location:       North Shore Congregational Church (7330 N. Santa Monica Boulevard) in Fox Point, WI.
Admission:    Free
Program:       To be annnounced.
Information     http://www.nrhswis.org/
Dec 1 (Friday) Omnibus Society of America meeting  (7:00-9:30 PM)
Location:       Swedish Covenant Hospital (2751 W. Winona Ave (Anderson Pavilion)).
Admission:    Free.
Program:              To be announced.
Information      http://osabus.org/ 
Dec 1 (Friday) Blackhawk Chapter-NRHS meeting  7:30-10:00 PM
Location:       Gladys Fox Museum (s/w corner, 9th/Washington in Lockport, IL)
Admission:    Free.
Program:              To be announced.
Information     http://www.blackhawknrhs.org/meetings.htm
Dec 1 (Friday)Wisconsin Chapter-NRHS meeting  7:30-10:00 PM
Location:       North Shore Congregational Church (7330 N. Santa Monica Boulevard) in Fox Point, WI.
Admission:    Free
Program:       To be annnounced.
Information     http://www.nrhswis.org/
Oct 21 (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).
July  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).
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).
May 27 (Friday)      Central Electric Railfans' Association meeting  7:00-9:00 PM
Location: University Center (525 S. State St -- 2nd Floor).
Admission:      Non-member Admission $5.00.
Program:              "The Laurel Line," by George Gula
Information      www.cera-chicago.org
June 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:          "Chicago River Railroad Bridges,"  by Patrick McBriarty, author of Chicago River Bridges.
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 23 (Friday)      Central Electric Railfans' Association meeting  7:00-9:00 PM
Location: University Center (525 S. State St -- 2nd Floor).
Admission:      Non-member Admission $5.00.
Program:         A presentation by noted rail/transit historian William M. Shapotkin.
Information      www.cera-chicago.org
July 21 (Friday)      Railroad & Shortlines Club of Chicago meeting 
Location: )
Admission:    )There is NO scheduled meeting for this month.
Program:       )
Information      www.cera-chicago.org
July 28 (Friday)      Central Electric Railfans' Association meeting
Location: )
Admission:    )There is NO scheduled meeting for this month.
Program:       )
Information      www.cera-chicago.org
Aug 18 (Friday)      Railroad & Shortlines Club of Chicago meeting 
Location: )
Admission:    )There is NO scheduled meeting for this month.
Program:       )
Information      www.cera-chicago.org
Aug 25 (Friday)      Central Electric Railfans' Association meeting
Location: )
Admission:    )There is NO scheduled meeting for this month.
Program:       )
Information      www.cera-chicago.org
Sept 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
Sept 28 (Friday)      Central Electric Railfans' Association meeting  7:00-9:00 PM
Location: University Center (525 S. State St -- 2nd Floor).
Admission:      Non-member Admission $5.00.
Program:        Program to be announced.
Information      www.cera-chicago.org
Oct 20 (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.co0
Oct 20 (Friday)      Central Electric Railfans' Association meeting  7:00-9:00 PM
Location: University Center (525 S. State St -- 2nd Floor).
Admission:      Non-member Admission $5.00.
Program:        Program to be announced.
Information      www.cera-chicago.org
Nov 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:          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
Nov 24 (Friday)      Central Electric Railfans' Association meeting  7:00-9:00 PM
Location: University Center (525 S. State St -- 2nd Floor).
Admission:      Non-member Admission $5.00.
Program:        Program to be announced.
Information      www.cera-chicago.org
Dec 15 (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 22 (Friday)      Central Electric Railfans' Association meeting  7:00-9:00 PM
Location: University Center (525 S. State St -- 2nd Floor).
Admission:      Non-member Admission $5.00.
Program:        Program to be announced.
Information      www.cera-chicago.org
June 14 (Wedneday)Twentieth Century Railroad Club meeting  7:00-9:00 PM
Location:        Chicago Union Station (Founders Room (S/W corner of the Great Hall)). 500 W Jackson.
Admission:     Free.
Program:        " National Parks and America’s Railroads," by Pat Thrasher -- Rail Historian.

                     The program explores the relationship between America’s National Parks and its railroads from 
                     the Northern Pacific & Great Northern Railroads over a century ago to Amtrak and the Alaska
                     Railroad today.
Information     http://www.20thcentury.org
July 12 (Wednesday)Twentieth Century Railroad Club meeting 
Location: )
Admission:    )There is NO scheduled meeting for this month.
Program:       )
Information     http://www.20thcentury.org/
Aug 9 (Wednesday)Twentieth Century Railroad Club meeting 
Location: )
Admission:    )There is NO scheduled meeting for this month.
Program:       )
Information     http://www.20thcentury.org/
Sept 13 (Wednesday)Twentieth Century Railroad Club meeting  7:00-9:00 PM
Location:        Chicago Union Station (Founders Room (S/W corner of the Great Hall)). 500 W Jackson.
Admission:     Free.
Program:        A presentation by Philip Weibler.
Information     http://www.20thcentury.org
Oct 11 (Wednesday)Twentieth Century Railroad Club meeting  7:00-9:00 PM
Location:        Chicago Union Station (Founders Room (S/W corner of the Great Hall)). 500 W Jackson.
Admission:     Free.
Program:        "My recent Railroad Photography, from a broad cross section of Domestic and Foreign operators,"
                       by Todd Halamka.
Information     http://www.20thcentury.org
Nov 8 (Wednesday)Twentieth Century Railroad Club meeting  7:00-9:00 PM
Location:        Chicago Union Station (Founders Room (S/W corner of the Great Hall)). 500 W Jackson.
Admission:     Free.
Program:        To be announced.
Information     http://www.20thcentury.org
Dec 13 (Wednesday)Twentieth Century Railroad Club meeting 
Location: )
Admission:    )There is NO scheduled meeting for this month.
Program:       )
Information     http://www.20thcentury.org/
June 17 (Saturday) The Milwaukee Elec Rwy & Transit Hist Soc meeting  7:30-10:00 PM (doors open                                             at 7:00 PM).
Location: Chase Bank Cudahy (4702 S. Packard Ave) (southeast corner of Layton & Packard)
in Cudahy, WI. -- See NOTE below.
Admission:      Free
Program:         "Racine Streetcars," by William M. Shapotkin.
NOTE: The Community room is not handicap accessible. The parking lot is east of the bank, along                                  Layton Ave. Enter the building from the east entrance. If you take public transportation, use                                   MTS Route 55-Layton Ave or Route 15-Oakland Ave.
Information      http://www.tmer.org/index.html
July 15 (Saturday) The Milwaukee Elec Rwy & Transit Hist Soc meeting  7:30-10:00 PM (doors open                                             at 7:00 PM).
Location: Chase Bank Cudahy (4702 S. Packard Ave) (southeast corner of Layton & Packard)
in Cudahy, WI. -- See NOTE below.
Admission:      Free
Program:          Program to be announced.
NOTE: The Community room is not handicap accessible. The parking lot is east of the bank, along                                  Layton Ave. Enter the building from the east entrance. If you take public transportation, use                                   MTS Route 55-Layton Ave or Route 15-Oakland Ave.
Information      http://www.tmer.org/index.html
Aug 19 (Saturday) The Milwaukee Elec Rwy & Transit Hist Soc meeting  7:30-10:00 PM (doors open                                             at 7:00 PM).
Location: Chase Bank Cudahy (4702 S. Packard Ave) (southeast corner of Layton & Packard)
in Cudahy, WI. -- See NOTE below.
Admission:      Free
Program:          Program to be announced.
NOTE: The Community room is not handicap accessible. The parking lot is east of the bank, along                                  Layton Ave. Enter the building from the east entrance. If you take public transportation, use                                   MTS Route 55-Layton Ave or Route 15-Oakland Ave.
Information      http://www.tmer.org/index.html
Sept 16 (Saturday) The Milwaukee Elec Rwy & Transit Hist Soc meeting  7:30-10:00 PM (doors open                                             at 7:00 PM).
Location: Chase Bank Cudahy (4702 S. Packard Ave) (southeast corner of Layton & Packard)
in Cudahy, WI. -- See NOTE below.
Admission:      Free
Program:          Program to be announced.
NOTE: The Community room is not handicap accessible. The parking lot is east of the bank, along                                  Layton Ave. Enter the building from the east entrance. If you take public transportation, use                                   MTS Route 55-Layton Ave or Route 15-Oakland Ave.
Information      http://www.tmer.org/index.html
Oct 21 (Saturday) The Milwaukee Elec Rwy & Transit Hist Soc meeting  7:30-10:00 PM (doors open                                             at 7:00 PM).
Location: Chase Bank Cudahy (4702 S. Packard Ave) (southeast corner of Layton & Packard)
in Cudahy, WI. -- See NOTE below.
Admission:      Free
Program:          Program to be announced.
NOTE: The Community room is not handicap accessible. The parking lot is east of the bank, along                                  Layton Ave. Enter the building from the east entrance. If you take public transportation, use                                   MTS Route 55-Layton Ave or Route 15-Oakland Ave.
Information      http://www.tmer.org/index.html
Nov 18 (Saturday) The Milwaukee Elec Rwy & Transit Hist Soc meeting  7:30-10:00 PM (doors open                                             at 7:00 PM).
Location: Chase Bank Cudahy (4702 S. Packard Ave) (southeast corner of Layton & Packard)
in Cudahy, WI. -- See NOTE below.
Admission:      Free
Program:          Program to be announced.
NOTE: The Community room is not handicap accessible. The parking lot is east of the bank, along                                  Layton Ave. Enter the building from the east entrance. If you take public transportation, use                                   MTS Route 55-Layton Ave or Route 15-Oakland Ave.
Information      http://www.tmer.org/index.html
Dec 16 (Saturday) The Milwaukee Elec Rwy & Transit Hist Soc meeting  7:30-10:00 PM (doors open                                             at 7:00 PM).
Location: Chase Bank Cudahy (4702 S. Packard Ave) (southeast corner of Layton & Packard)
in Cudahy, WI. -- See NOTE below.
Admission:      Free
Program:          Program to be announced.
NOTE: The Community room is not handicap accessible. The parking lot is east of the bank, along                                  Layton Ave. Enter the building from the east entrance. If you take public transportation, use                                   MTS Route 55-Layton Ave or Route 15-Oakland Ave.
Information      http://www.tmer.org/index.html
June 17-18 (Sat & Sun)  "Joliet Rocket"  NKP Steam excursions betw Joliet & Chicago on the ROCK.
For details/schedule/fares, see: https://www.showclix.com/event/joliet-rocket