A sold-out grouped joined the Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development at DePaul University and Forgotten Chicago as we celebrated the fifth anniversary of the Terminal Town festival and Chicago’s role as one of the world’s premier passenger transportation centers on Sunday, October 27, 2019. This all-new, three-hour walking tour explored extant and former sites of some of Chicago’s most important transportation terminals.
Top: Railway Age, 1948 Bottom: Matthew Kaplan
Starting just north of the Chicago River, the tour visited the early locations of the Chicago & North Western Railway’s terminals, including the possible location of a forgotten 1948 time capsule marking the railroad’s centennial, purportedly just north of the current Cassidy Tire Company. We also explored the current C&NW station (Ogilvie Transportation Center), the revitalized Great Hall of Union Station, the site of the former Loop Greyhound station (1954-1989), and much more!
Chicago & Northwestern Railway, 1899
Top: Architectural Record, 1954 Bottom: Matthew Kaplan
The tour began at the Merchandise Mart and ended at historic Dearborn Station, Chicago’s oldest remaining former Loop railroad terminal. After the tour, participants had the opportunity to speak with Joe Schwieterman, Ph.D., author of Terminal Town and Director of the Chaddick Institute. Attendees were also able to purchase an autographed copy of the Terminal Town book (indispensible in any Chicago reference library) at a special price.
Many thanks to those who joined us!
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