Events and Tours

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Sunday, October 27, 2019 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Join the Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development at DePaul University and Forgo​​tten Chicago​ as we celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Terminal Town festival and Chicago's role as one of the two world 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 importa​nt transportation terminals. Click here​ for details and registration. $20. Space is limited. Mixer afterwards at Bar Louie - Printers Row at 2:15 p.m. (free with RSVP). Tour begins inside the Merchandise Mart food court on the second level, near the CTA Ventra vending machines and end at historic Dearborn Station, Chicago’s oldest remaining former Loop railroad terminal.

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Sunday, October 27, 2019 from 2:15 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.
Join the Terminal Town team, including professor Joe Schwieterman, author of the Terminal Town book, and tour guide Patrick Steffes of Forgotten Chicago, for an informal discussion into the latest happenings of the Chicago transportation scene. The location, 47 W. Polk Street, is the perfect destination to mingle over your favorite beverage, discuss the past, and present. Attendees can also purchase the book for the special price of $20 (just $7.59 for tour attendees)! This is a free event. To RVSP for the mixer only, email [email protected].

Click here for other events related to transportation hosted by the Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development at DePaul University.

Media outlets took an interest in the Terminal Town Festival! Click here for an interview with Prof. Schwieterman about memorable moments in his research. Or, view this CBS Channel 2 segment about Gary-Chicago Airport and our traveling exhibit in neighboring Hammond, Indiana.

Book Signing at Printer's Row Lit Fest
June 9 & 10, 10am-4pm
Windy City Historians' tent
Joe Schwieterman, author of Terminal Town: An Illustrated Guide to Chicago's Airports, Bus Depots, and Train Station: 1949 - Present, and Christopher Lynch, author of Now Arriving: Traveling To and From Chicago by Air, 90 Years of Flight, will be signing books and discussing the latest news on intercity air, bus, and rail travel.

Annual Aviation Luncheon
Wednesday, November, 2, 2016, Noon - 1:30 PM
DePaul Center (1 E. Jackson), Room 8005
Join us for our widely anticipated luncheon with the International Aviation Law Institute at DePaul University.

Windy City in Motion Exhibit Opening Reception
Tuesday, September 13, 2016, 4:45-6:00 PM
Chicago Union Station (225 S. Canal St.), Great Hall
Brief remarks at 5:00 and 5:45 from Terminal Town author, Joe Schwieterman, and Lake Forest College Associate Dean of Faculty, Davis Schneiderman.

Bloomingdale Public Library
Monday, August 29, 2016, 7-8 PM
101 Fairfield Way, Bloomingdale, IL
Special presentation focusing on railroads of the past and present.

Batavia Historical Society
Sunday, April 17, 2016, 2-3 PM
Batavia City Hall, 100 N. Island Ave, Batavia, IL

Clearing Public Library
Wednesday, April 13, 2016, 6-7 PM
6423 W. 63rd Street, Chicago
Event sponsored by the Clear-Ridge Historical Society.  Free program followed by book signing.

Special Passenger Rail Webinar with Professor Anthony Perl
Friday, March 4, 2016 - 1-1:50 PM CST
Join Anthony Perl, a professor of Political Science and Urban Studies at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, as he discusses the current state of passenger rail service in the United States.  If you are interested in partaking in this free event, please email [email protected] Webinar sponsored by the Transportation Research Forum(TRF) Public Transit and High Intercity Ground Chapter with support from TRF Chicago Chapter.

Lisle Historical Society
Saturday, February 6, 2016, 1 PM
Netzley-Yender Farmhouse, 921 School St, Lisle, IL
Professor Joe is one of four authors presenting in this "Chicago History" series.  For more details, visit the Lisle Park District's website.

Terminal Town Discussion & Chaddick Institute Holiday Reception
Thursday, December 17, 5-7:30 PM
Chaddick Institute, DePaul Loop Campus, 243 S. Wabash, Suite 9000
Join the Terminal Town team for a discussion of our festival's milestones over the past year from 5-5:30 PM.  Afterwards, attend the Chaddick Institute's annual holiday reception. Free event. Date is subject to change, make sure to check back again after December 1.  Email [email protected] more details or to RSVP.

Schaumburg Township Public Library
Wednesday, December 9, 7 PM
130 S. Roselle Road, Schaumburg, IL

Chicago History Museum Members' Annual Meeting
Thursday, November 5, 6 PM
1601 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60614
Event open to Museum members.  Click here for more information.

Helen Plum Memorial Library
Monday, October 19, 1-2 PM
110 W. Maple Street, Lombard, IL
An hourlong presentation at this prominent library in Chicago's west suburbs.  Check back soon for more details.

Park Ridge Historical Society
Sunday, October 18, 1 PM
721 N. Prospect Ave., Park Ridge IL 60068
This is the annual meeting of the Society.  For more information, and to register for the program, please visit  To register, you must pre-pay for the luncheon and reservations are due no later than Wednesday, October 14.

Sulzer Regional Library
Thursday, October 8, 7-8 PM
4455 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago IL 60625

Harold Washington Public Library
Tuesday, September 8, 6:00-7:30 PM
400 S. State Street, Chicago
Joe is one of three panelists at the Society of Midland Authors monthly meeting, this month focusing on Chicago as a vital transportation hub.  Historical photographs, memorable stories, and signed copies of Terminal Townthe book available for sale.  Event is in the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium of the Harold Washington Library in downtown Chicago.  Click here for more details.  Free.

Glen Ellyn History Center
Tuesday, September 1, 7:00-9:00 PM
800 N. Main Street, Glen Ellyn
Professor Joe leads the presentation regarding Chicago's role as America's most pivotal transportation hub.  For more details, click here.  $5 for general public, students under 18 free.

Terminal Town Reception at Union Station
Thursday, July 30, 5-6:30 PM
225 S. Canal Street, Chicago
Join us as we celebrate our exhibit's successful year!  Drop by to meet the Terminal Town team at our exhibit in Union Station's Great Hall Breezeway.  Special door prizes will be raffled off at 6 PM. Email [email protected] RSVP and feel free to bring a friend.  Free.

Chaddick Institute End of Year Reception
Thursday, June 11 - 5:15-7:00 PM
Help us celebrate the end of another extremely busy academic year and a quick look back at our Terminal Town festival.  Doors open at 5:15 PM with a brief presentation and remarks at 5:45 PM. Light refreshments will be served. Signed copies of the book will be available for sale, as well.  Chaddick Institutute Office, 243 S. Wabash, Suite 9000. Please email [email protected] to RSVP.

Printers' Row Lit Fest
Saturday/Sunday, June 6-7, 2015
Come visit the Terminal Town team at this highly anticipated literary festival held annually in Chicago's historic South Loop.  The Terminal Town team will be at the Bookworks stall. Signed copies of Terminal Townwill be available for purchase.  Also, be sure to attend the interview with Prof. Schwieterman, author of Terminal Town, on Saturday, June 6 from 3:15-4 PM at Jones College Prep High School, Room #5010, 700 S. State Street.

Niles Public Library
Wednesday, May 13, 6-7:30 PM
Niles Public Library
6960 W. Oakton Street, Niles, IL
Join Professor Schwieterman for a fast-moving presentation about the region's air, bus, and rail terminals; followed by Q&A and a book signing.  Free.

Terminals in the Movies
Friday, April 24, 2015. 6-7:30 p.m.
Join the entire Terminal Town team for an event to enjoy and discuss the significance of famous clips of Chicago terminals in major motion pictures. This evening event will be free and include a showing of nearly a dozen clips, including scenes from Blues Brothers, North by Northwest, and Risky Business. Free–includes freshly popped popcorn! Presenters include Greg Borzo, Marisa Schulz, and Joe Schwieterman. DePaul Loop Campus, 14 E. Jackson, Suite 1600, Chicago, IL 60604. Please RSVP to: [email protected]

20th Century Railroad Club
Wednesday, April 8, 6:30 PM
Electrician's Union Hall
600 W. Washington Blvd, Chicago, IL
Professor Schwieterman will be the guest speaker at the April meeting of the 20th Century Railroad Club!

Aviation Universe Book Signing
Saturday, January 24, 2015 4 - 5:00 p.m.
Aviation Universe: 13 W Main St, Shop #6; Bensenville, IL
Join us for Professor Joe’s presentation at 4 p.m., followed by Q&A and a book signing. Free, no purchase necessary. This presentation will cover all modes of travel with an emphasis on air terminals.

Chaddick Institute Holiday Reception
Thursday, December 18, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m
Join us to celebrate the holiday season. We’ll have light food and refreshments. The Chaddick team will offer an informal recap of some of the highlights of the Terminal Town Festival and other programs from 6 – 6:15 p.m. Chaddick Institute, DePaul Loop Campus, 243 S. Wabash, Suite 9000.

Silver Anniversary of Closing of the Chicago Greyhound Station
Thurs. December 4, noon - 1:15 p.m.
Silver Anniversary of Closing of the Chicago Greyhound Station at Clark/Randolph—the World’s Largest Independently Operated Bus Station Chicago Cultural Center, Millennium Room. Presentation by Patrick Steffes of Forgotten Chicago, noon – 1:15 p.m. Cake cutting at 1 p.m. Attendees invited to walk to former station site afterwards. Free.

Terminal Town Celebratory Banquet
Fri. November 21, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Includes special video presentations, with special tribute to Norman Carlson, president of the Shore Line Interurban Historical Society. We expect this event to sell out quickly. Tickets refundable through Oct. 31. | Maggiano’s Little Italy, 516 N. Clark St. | $30 (w/ dinner)

Midway 35th ReBirthday Party: Symposium
Thurs. October 30, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
DePaul Loop Campus, 14 E Jackson. Featuring Howard Putnam, former Braniff and Southwest Airlines CEO. Free.

Commemoration at Midway Airport: Onsite Celebration
Sat. November 1, Noon
Join us and the Midway Historians in the south concourse ticketing area to commemorate 50 years since Midway’s eventful “second life” began and 35 years since a full-scale renaissance commenced under deregulation. Featuring Howard Putnam.

Legacy of the “Big Six” Railroad Terminals: Walking Tour
Fri. September 26, 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Explore the legacy of C&NW, Union, Grand Central, LaSalle, Dearborn & Central Stations. Guest speakers will discuss future plans. Tour begins at Ogilvie. $20.

The Legacy of Meigs Field and Northerly Island: Walking Tours
Tues., September 2 – Thurs., September 4
Tours for university classes on Sept. 2-3, 1 – 4 p.m. Tour for general public, Sept. 4, 1 – 2 p.m. Meet at historic terminal building. Free.