The History of The North Shore Line




7:00 pm


History Center Lake Forest-Lake Bluff


Free—Suggested donation of $10.00

Join us on the evening of Thursday, April 20 for a presentation by author David Sadowski on the historic history of The North Shore Line.

As late as 1963, it was possible to board high-speed electric trains on Chicago's famous Loop "L" that ran 90 miles north to Milwaukee. This was the Chicago North Shore & Milwaukee Railroad, commonly known as the North Shore Line. It rose from humble origins in the 1890s as a local streetcar line in Waukegan to eventually become America's fastest interurban under the visionary management of Midwest utilities tycoon Samuel Insull. The North Shore Line, under Insull, became a worthy competitor to the established steam railroads. It has been gone for nearly 60 years, but it will always remain the Road of Service.

David Sadowski grew up riding the "L" all over the city. He is the author of "Chicago Trolleys," "Building Chicago's Subways," and "Chicago's Lost 'L's." David also runs the online blog Trolley Dodger.