The thundering "L" is one of our city's most enduring icons. Operating 24/7 for 127 years, this "working antique" has carried more than 10 billion people since it began rumbling around Chicago in 1892—and now transports half a million people a day over 222 miles of track. Sought out by tourists, studied by historians, featured in major motion pictures and immortalized in major permanent exhibits at the Smithsonian Institution and the Chicago History Museum, this 19th-century steel behemoth is one of America’s greatest urban treasures.
Take a trip back through time with us in this fascinating foray into the growth and development of the world-famous "L," in all its grit and glory. You'll be captivated by this presentation by Greg Borzo—an award-winning writer and "L" enthusiast whose first home was just steps away from the elevated train line. With more than 100 images and popular movie clips, Borzo will entertain and enlighten you as he describes how the "L" came to be and how it helped build Chicago, revitalize neighborhoods and connect Chicago's diverse communities.
Prolific in his output and passionate about his subject matter, Greg Borzo is a journalist and the author of eight books, including Lost Restaurants of Chicago (2018), City Cycling USA: Chicago (2018), Chicago's Fabulous Fountains (2017), RAGBRAI: America's Favorite Bicycle Ride (2013), Chicago Cable Cars (2012) and The Chicago "L" (2007). He shares his passion for all things Chicago on walking and bicycle tours for organizations such as Biketropolis, the Chicago Cycling Club, the Chicago History Museum and Forgotten Chicago. A former editor of Modern Railroads Magazine, he has also served as a science writer at the University of Chicago, a media manager for scientific affairs at the Field Museum and a reporter and editor at the American Medical Association.
Tuesday, October 15 9:15 to 9:45 a.m.— Coffee in the Marillac Room 10 to 11:30 a.m.— Lecture and Q&A session in the Loyola Theater 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.—Catered lunch in the Marillac Room