This page was last updated: July 19, 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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Jul 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
Oct 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) 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 22 (Friday)  Central Electric Railfans' Association Virtual meeting. (7:00-9:00 PM)
Program:      "Traction Out West." The always fascinating David Wilson's presentation,Traction Out West,
                     will visit electric railway properties in the Great Plains and Rocky Mountains. In addition to
                     reviewing present day operations, we will take short trips in the "time-machine" to see what
                     used to run
Log in:          https://tinyurl.com/CERAonZOOM

Meeting ID:   831 2668 5411 | Passcode: 959625
Information:   https://www.cera-chicago.org/events
Aug 5 (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:      ) OSA fan trip movies by Bill Reynolds and Philadelphia by Kyle Engstrom
Aug 5 (Friday) Blackhawk Chapter -- NRHS meeting.
Location:      )
Admission:   ) No meeting scheduled.
Program:      )
Aug 12 (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:      To be announced. 
Information:  http://chicagorailassociation.org
Aug 26 (Friday)  Central Electric Railfans' Association Virtual meeting. (7:00-9:00 PM)
Program:      "Great Lakes Car Ferries," by Harvey Laner. Southern California railfan Russ Davies describes
                     his career working as a seagoing railroader on the Pere Marquette car ferry number 18(2) on
                     Lake Michigan.

                    It's the story about how Russ and a group of high school friends piled into a rare 1936 Ford
                     Phaeton and drove to the west coast of Michigan to seek jobs working the Great Lakes car
                     ferries during the summer of 1947.

                    Russ was hired on as a "Pearl Diver", slang for a galley assistant. It was the summer between
                     graduating high school and entering college.

                    The program is fully narrated by Russ, and it's a "twofer" including virtual visits to all the Great
                      Lakes area cities beginning in Montreal, then to Toronto, bypassing Niagara Falls into Buffalo,
                      then more, great U.S. Great Lakes cities moving westward including Cleveland, Detroit,
                     Chicago and Milwaukee.

                    Russ also includes a tribute to his friend, the late George W. Hilton who authored the book,
                     "The Great Lakes Car Ferries", plus many other transportation-themed books and magazine
                     articles.

                     The program reflects how Russ was greatly influenced by the commerce and culture of the
                       Great Lakes while living in Michigan during those formative years
Information:  https://www.cera-chicago.org/events
Sept 2 (Friday) Omnibus Society of America meeting.
Location:      )
Admission:   ) No meeting scheduled.
Program:      )
Sept 2 (Friday) Blackhawk Chapter -- NRHS meeting.
Location:      )
Admission:   ) No meeting scheduled.
Program:      )
Sept 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:      To be announced. 
Information:  http://chicagorailassociation.org

Sept 9 (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
Sept 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:        A presentation by William M Shapotkin.
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
Sept 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:      To be announced.
Information:  https://www.cera-chicago.org/events
Oct 7 (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:      ) A presentation by Kyle Egstrom.
Oct 7 (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.
Oct 14 (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:      To be announced. 
Information:  http://chicagorailassociation.org
Oct 14 (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
Oct 21 (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:        To be announced.
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
Oct 28 (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
Nov 4 (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:      ) To be announced.
Nov 4 (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.
Nov 11 (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:      To be announced. 
Information:  http://chicagorailassociation.org
Nov 11 (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
Nov 18 (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:        To be announced.
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
Nov 25 (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
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:      ) To be announced.
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:      To be announced. 
Information:  http://chicagorailassociation.org
Dec 9 (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
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:        To be announced.
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:      To be announced.
Information:  https://www.cera-chicago.org/events
Sept 14 (Wednesday) Twentieth Century Railroad Club meeting.
Location:      )
Admission:   ) No meeting scheduled.
Program:      )
Oct 12 (Wednesday) Twentieth Century Railroad Club meeting.
Location:      )
Admission:   ) No meeting scheduled.
Program:      )
Nov 9 (Wednesday) Twentieth Century Railroad Club meeting.
Location:      )
Admission:   ) No meeting scheduled.
Program:      )
Dec 7 (Wednesday) Twentieth Century Railroad Club meeting.
Location:      )
Admission:   ) No meeting scheduled.
Program:      )