Chicago - City of Broad Shoulders

This course is about Chicago, We will cover the history of the city and region, the politics, corruption, arts, plans, neighborhoods, humor, achievements and the future of the City.


  1. In the 1880 electric-powered "trolleys" first became practical. By the mid-1890s Chicago companies had begun the conversion to electricity, which was completed in 1906.

    Companies providing trolley service included the Chicago Railways Company, Chicago City Railway, Calumet and South Chicago Railway, and Southern Street Railway. At this time Chicago had the largest street railway system, the longest one-fare ride, and the longest average ride in the world.

    Chicago shut down its Streetcars
    in June 1958, replacing them with 
    buses, some of which were electric 
    and used the overhead lines
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    Chicago's last streetcar. For almost 100 years, the city's streetcars provided the background music of neighborhood life. print ...

  2. Chicago Surface Lines - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Streetcars. A table of passenger railway cars in use during the CSL era is shown below. Ownership resided with one of the underlying ...

  3. Activity Stream - Chicago Street Cars - Built To Be Driven, Driven To ...

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  5. Chicago Streetcars

    Chicago once had one of the world's largest streetcar systems, more than 500 miles of line on nearly 100 routes by 1935. Horsecar service began in 1859, and ...

  6. Chicago Streetcar Renaissance

    Vision; Why Streetcars? Starter Line · History · Contact. World-class modern transit comes to Clark Street. Upgrade from buses stuck in traffic to modern ...

  7. Chicago Street Cars & Elevated Trains in the 1940s - YouTube

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    In the '40s, I could buy a HERSHEY bar for one penny and it was good but I don't like 'vegetable oils ...
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  9. Sinkhole swallows three cars on Chicago's South Side - U.S. News

    Apr 18, 2013 – A driver was hospitalized Thursday after a large sinkhole opened up in the middle of the street and swallowed three cars on Chicago's South ...

  10. Street Railways - Encyclopedia of Chicago

    In 1929 on the eve of the Great Depression, red streetcars operated by ChicagoSurface Lines (CSL) were a familiar sight on arterial streets and carried almost ...

  11. Chicago Surface Lines - the Shore Line Interurban Historical Society

    Chicago Surface Lines. Brief History: Chicago streetcars were known as the Chicago Surface Lines, "the largest street railway system in the the world.

  12. CTA and the death of Chicago streetcars | WBEZ 91.5 Chicago

    Oct 5, 2012 – In 1930 the electric streetcar ruled Chicago. Though most people didn't realize it, Chicago Surface Lines' old reliable red cars were already on ...