Terminal Town Tour on Sunday, October 27, 2019
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Photo by James Hediger (Collection of Chris Zygmunt), September 10, 1962

Join the Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development at DePaul University and Forgotten Chicago as we celebrate 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 will explore extant and former sites of some of Chicago’s most important transportation terminals.

Left: Chicago Tribune, 1948 Right: Argenta Images

Starting just north of the Chicago River, we will visit 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. We will also be exploring the current CNW station (Ogilvie Transportation Center), the revitalized Union Station, the site of the former Loop Greyhound station (1954-1989), the former site of Grand Central Terminal, and much more!

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Improbably located for 35 years at the northeast corner of Randolph and Clark Streets in the very heart of the Loop, Chicago’s Greyhound Station is perhaps the most forgotten transportation terminal in Chicago history. A sophisticated multi-level design by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, this terminal funneled all buses under the Loop to Lower Wacker Drive, and would become notorious in later years as a filthy hub of vice and crime until its closing in 1989.

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The tour will start at the Merchandise Mart and end at historic Dearborn Station, Chicago’s oldest remaining former Loop railroad terminal. After the tour, participants will have the opportunity to speak with Joe Schwieterman, Ph.D., author of Terminal Town and Director of the Chaddick Institute! Attendees have the option of purchasing an autographed copy of the all-color Terminal Town book (indispensible in any Chicago reference library!) at a special price.

When? Sunday, October 27, 2019 from 11:00 a.m.. – 2:00 p.m. Following the tour, there is an optional cash bar mixer at Bar Louie at Dearborn Station, 47 W. Polk, 2:15 – 3:30 p.m. (must be 21 to attend)

How Long? About three hours and about three miles of walking.

Cost? $20; purchase tickets here.

Full ticket refunds offered until Tuesday, October 22 at 2 p.m. All tickets must be purchased before the morning of the tour, sorry, no walk-ups!

Bonus offer: As part of the anniversary celebration, we’ll apply our $20 tour fee to the purchase of the book, Terminal Town: An Illustrated Guide to Chicago’s Airports, Bus Depots, Train Stations and Steamship Landings: 1939 – Present. This brings the price down to just $7.95 (regular price $27.95)! If you would like to order the widely acclaimed book (300 pages, 225 color photos and map), click here. We’ll also have autographed copies available after the tour and at the mixer.

Questions? Or would you like to just attend the mixer? Simply email [email protected] or call 312.362-5732

We look forward to seeing you on this tour!

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