Chicago Central: A History of Rails and Trains in the City


Photo of an Illinois Central Train

Chicago's rapidly growth into a major metropolis coincided with the rise of trains as the preeminent form of transportation in America.  In the late nineteenth century, Chicago developed into the Midwest's  hub of train transport  and a manufacturing center for railroad equipment.  The exhibit examines some elements of this history, including the city's stations, trains and rail workers and innovations in train technology.  This exhibit was curated by John Kelly, author of Chicago Stations & Trains, and Jenny Hart.