Discover the world famous Chicago “L”—in all its grit and glory. Over the past 100 years, there have been numerous calls to tear it down, but the thundering “L” remains one of Chicago’s most enduring icons. Operating 24/7 since 1892, it is not only an antique but a working antique. More than 10 billion people have ridden the “L,” which now carries half a million people a day over 222 miles of track. The heavy, rumbling “L” has a light side too. It is sought out by tourists, featured in major motion pictures, enjoyed by wide-eyed kids, photographed by admirers, and studied by historians. Greg Borzo, former editor of Modern Railroads, draws on some 240 captivating photographs, drawings, and maps to tell the story of this celebrated elevated (including a look at its precursors). Ride with him as it rumbles above and through the heart of the Loop, out into the surrounding neighborhoods and suburbs, and The Chicago “L” brings to life the tenacious transit that the city knows as “the L.”
Softcover, 6 x 9, 168 pgs.