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September Luncheon

Friday, September 12, 2014, Union League Club

Greg Borzo

“A Lost Piece of Chicago History, Found! Cable Cars and Their Startling Stories (1882-1906)”

Did you know that for 25 years (after horse cars and before electric trolleys), cable cars plied 82 miles of Chicago streets, carrying over one billion passengers, all the while giving a huge boost to Chicago’s development as residents got to the factory gate, the office tower and department store.?

Greg Borzo, a popular, award-winning Chicago journalist and author will give an illustrated presentation (75+ images) on his well-received recent book: Chicago Cable Cars. His talk will encompass the colorful but little-known robber baron, Charles Tyson Yerkes, (also known as the Cable Car Czar, the Goliath of Graft and the Yerkes Observatory)! Come and hear about the Car Barn Bandits, said to be the most reckless and daring young desperadoes to operate in Chicagoland. Learn how exactly does a cable car system work, what was it like to actually ride in a cable car and what are some of the vestiges of the system that we are walking/riding over, meeting in and even eating in? Books will be for sale.

September luncheon: Union League Club, 65 West Jackson Boulevard. Luncheon buffet (main dining room on six) opens at 11:30 am; program (in a different room, to be announced) 12:30-1:30. Luncheon is $30. Reservations suggested by noon Wednesday for Friday lunch.