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4.5 | Transit Keeps the City Moving

Thank you to the Chicago Transit Authority and public transportation workers who are providing a safe and essential service to healthcare workers, first responders, and others during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your important work is part of the city’s history.

Explore Chicago through the 1894 diary of streetcar conductor Elmer Whiting in our Google Arts & Culture exhibit Ride Around Chicago: A City in Transition. As he traversed the city, his observations provide a glimpse into its complex and changing landscape just a year after the dazzling World’s Columbian Exposition. See it now.

A CTA train heads west on the elevated tracks above Lake Street, June 30, 1967. HB-30550, CHM, Hedrich-Blessing Collection

Google Arts & Culture is an online platform that puts the treasures, stories, and knowledge of more than 2,000 cultural institutions from eighty countries at your fingertips. The Chicago History Museum’s portal includes stories from throughout the city’s history. Take a look into the mind of couturier Charles James, explore the history of blues music in Chicago, tour the city’s culinary history through historical menus, and so much more! Explore our Google Arts & Culture Exhibits.


The Chicago History Museum, a major museum and research center for Chicago and American history, is located at 1601 N. Clark Street. The Museum has dedicated more than a century to celebrating and sharing Chicago stories through dynamic exhibitions, tours, publications, special events and programming. The Museum collects and preserves millions of artifacts, documents and images to help audiences connect to the city and its history. The Chicago History Museum gratefully acknowledges the support of the Chicago Park District on behalf of the people of Chicago. The Chicago History Museum is a 2016 winner of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the highest award given to these institutions for their community engagement and having an impact on the lives of individuals, families, and communities.

Chicago History Museum Sharing Chicago's Stories