Museum of Science and Industry

SOLD OUT: Member Day Trip: How the 'L' Shaped Chicago

October 13, 2012

Event Essentials

  • Ages:
  • This event is suitable for all ages.
  • Date:
  • October 13, 2012
  • Time:
  • 9:15 AM
  • Tickets:
  • Reservations for this member event are no longer being accepted.

Meet at MSI: By 9:15 a.m.
Buses depart MSI: 9:30 a.m.
Return to MSI: 4:30 p.m. (approx.)

Everyone knows Chicago’s famous ‘L.’ In a recent poll, the Chicago Tribune’s readers even voted it one of the “seven wonders of Chicago” (ahead of MSI, if you can believe that). And a wonder it is. Opening in 1892, it’s the second-oldest heavy-rail rapid transit system in the country, and the second longest. But most importantly, the elevated line shaped the city as we—and the world—know it. Chicago truly grew up around the ‘L.’

Don’t miss your chance to learn more about this unique, fascinating and essential part of the city’s past, present and future. Join other MSI members and their guests this fall for a full-day, one-of-a-kind tour of CTA’s rail lines. You’ll never find a better guide than David Harrison, a former Chicago Transit Authority and Burlington Northern/CSX employee and now part of MSI’s Great Train Story team. He and a CTA supervisor, manager and conductor will zip us around the city and out to the suburbs in our very own four-car train, sharing exciting history and showing us how the ‘L’ transports more than 700,000 people to work, home and destinations in between every work day.

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Event Details

All members and their guests will meet in the Entry Hall at MSI no later than 9:15 a.m.  Buses will depart MSI at 9:30 a.m., returning around 4:30 p.m. 

Please note: schedule subject to change to fit CTA needs (emergency track work, crew shortage, etc.). 

Images courtesy of Chicago Transit Authority.

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    Open daily except Thanksgiving and Christmas
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5700 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60637
1 (773) 684-1414
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