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Railroaders

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In 1942, the Office of War Information issued photographer Jack Delano a new assignment: document “railroads and their place in American life.” During the next several months, Delano captured three thousand images, two-thirds of them in the nation’s rail hub—Chicago.

Explore the stories of Chicago railroaders with us.

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Tour Union Station

Sundays, July 27, August 10 and August 24, 1:00 p.m.

Designed by Daniel Burnham and built in 1925, Chicago Union Station boasted a Beaux Arts–style waiting room with eighteen Corinthian columns, terra-cotta walls, Tennessee marble floors, and a five-story atrium. Explore the architecture above street level, the action of the rails below, and the stories of one of America’s last grand railway stations. Meet at 500 West Jackson Street. Tour running time: 90 minutes to two hours.

Sunday, July 27

Cost: $25, $20 members

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Sunday, August 10

Cost: $25, $20 members

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Sunday, August 24

Cost: $25, $20 members

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