Around the Hood: The Rise and Fall of Chicago Cable Cars

Chicago Cable Car

“When most people hear “cable car” they think “San Francisco.” Yet, for almost one-quarter of a century, Chicago boasted the largest cable car system the world has ever seen, transporting more than one billion riders. This gigantic public work filled residents with pride – and filled robber barons’ pockets with money. It also sparked a cable car building boom that spread to twenty-six other U.S. cities…”

The Edgewater Historical Society, Go Edgewater, and the Chicago Public Library are pleased to co-host the program, with the Chicago’s popular, award winning transportation journalist Greg Borzo, author of The Chicago “L”, Where to Bike Chicago, and RAGBRAI: America’s Favorite Bicycle Ride.

There will be a free raffle for all attendees at the conclusion of the program, including Borzo biking book, historical greeting cards, Bike the Drive Registrations, EHS Membership, an historic piece of cable, and more. The event is free; light refreshments; books available for purchase and signing. – Edgewater Historical Society

Tuesday, September 22, 2015 6:30 p.m.
Edgewater Branch, Chicago Public Library
6000 N. Broadway
Chicago 60660

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