September 2014 Luncheon Meeting

  • 09/12/2014
  • 11:30 AM
  • Union League Club, 65 W. Jackson, Chicago


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Speaker: 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.

Union League Club, 65 W. Jackson Boulevard. Luncheon buffet (in the main dining room on six) opens at 11:30 am; program (in a different room, to be announced) 12:30-1:30


c/o The Newberry Library
60 W. Walton Street
Chicago, IL  60610

Tel: +1 (312) 255-3710