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Virtual Event

Virtual Author Talk | Patrick T. Reardon, “The Loop: The ‘L’ Tracks that Shaped and Saved Chicago”

Tuesday, May 25

The Chicago History Museum, in partnership with the Chicago Collections Consortium, presents a free virtual talk with Patrick T. Reardon on his recently published book, The Loop: The “L” Tracks that Shaped and Saved Chicago.

The Loop is a history of the transportation icon that anchors Chicago’s downtown—one of the most important structures ever built in the city.  Even more, it tells the story of Chicago from the inside, combining fields such as engineering, art, urban history, cultural studies, architecture, finance, and politics in ways that develop new and surprising insights into what has made Chicago tick.

The book can be purchased at Chicago History Museum’s gift shop,, as well as local and online booksellers.

This event runs approximately one hour and is free of charge. We would greatly appreciate a donation to the Museum in any amount. A Zoom link will be provided after registration.


Chicagoan Patrick T. Reardon is an essayist, poet, literary critic and an expert on the city of Chicago. For over 40 years, Reardon has been writing about the city, its region, its planning issues and literary.



The Chicago History Museum is a proud founding member of Chicago Collections, a consortium of over 50 organizations and libraries all working together for the preservation and promotion of Chicago’s rich history and culture.

Elevated track and train in Chicago's Loop, looking east on Van Buren Street from Wabash Avenue, Chicago, 1897. CHM, ICHi-025312; Mellen Photo Company, photographer
Image courtesy of Patrick T. Reardon
Image courtesy of Patrick T. Reardon
The elevated train platform at the Marshall Field & Company department store's direct entrance, Chicago, c. 1960. CHM, ICHi-076171; Stephen Deutch, photographer
CTA elevated train in the Loop, Chicago, April, 12, 1993. ST-30002527-0143, Chicago Sun-Times collection, CHM

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6:00–7:00 p.m.

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Chicago History Museum Sharing Chicago's Stories