20th CENTURY 
RAILROAD CLUB

Our meeting location is the Founders Room of Chicago Union Station at 500 W. Jackson Blvd in downtown Chicago. The Founders Room is the onetime barbershop located inside the former Legacy Club in the southwest corner of the Great Hall. Parking is available at various lots in the area; the Amtrak garage has closed. The lot at Monroe & Jefferson (2 blocks from station) has a flat rate of $8 for in after 3 PM and out by 10 PM. Another smaller lot at 320 S. Clinton has a flat rate of $8 for in after 4 PM and out before 8 AM. The outdoor lot that you may be familiar with, next to the Amtrak Garage off Jackson, is no longer open and is now a bus terminal. Food and beverages are available in the station.  

NOTE: should a meeting be cancelled, we'll post a note on the website and a message on our phone number 312-829-4500.

    • Wednesday, November 11, 2020
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM (CST)
    • Founders Room Chicago Union Station

    Dan Bartlett, Curator of Exhibits of the Elmhurst History Museum will give a presentation looking at the economics of settlement in Northern Illinois in the 1830's and 40's and why and how the coming of the railroad affected the patterns of settlement. He will talk about roads, canals, and steamboats and the advantages and disadvantages of each to settlers in the western suburbs. Then he will introduce the Galena Chicago Union Railroad, particularly how it expanded and operated in the early 1850's.          

    Upon entering the Great Hall proceed to the southwest corner and head toward the glass sliding doors at the entrance of the Founders Room area. Through the doors to your left will be the Founders Room that back in the day was the barbershop. 

    See you there!



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