The Chicago "L" - Looking Back and Moving Forward

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Northwestern University Library Board of Governors presents:

The Chicago "L" - Looking Back and Moving Forward
A lecture by Greg Borzo and Joseph Schofer
October 28, 2010 at 6:00 pm
In the McCormick Tribune Center, Evanston Campus
Reception to follow.
Please make your reservation by October 20 to 847-491-7641 or

Discover the history of the world-famous Chicago “L” in all its grit and glory. Operating 24/7 since 1892, the thundering “L” is one of Chicago’s most enduring icons. Carrying more than 10 billion people since it opened, the Chicago “L” is sought out by tourists, featured in major motion pictures, enjoyed by wideeyed kids, photographed by admirers, and studied by historians.

Greg Borzo, author of The Chicago “L” and an alumnus of the Medill School of Journalism, recounts the creation, expansion, and survival of the “L” and the role it has played in architecture and pop culture. Joseph Schofer of the Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science explores the challenges and opportunities facing the “L” and the CTA in the coming years.

Greg Borzo has a master’s degree from Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism and is an award-winning journalist. He was editor of Modern Railroads magazine and has been a health and science writer for the American Medical Association, Harcourt Brace, the Field Museum, and currently the University of Chicago. He conducts public tours of the “L” for the Chicago History Museum, the Chicago Cycling Club, and other organizations. Born in Chicago, Borzo lives in the Loop (across the street from the Harold Washington Library) to better enjoy all the art, architecture, culture, and history that the city has to offer.

Joseph Schofer is a professor of civil and environmental engineering and associate dean for faculty affairs at the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science. He is also director of Northwestern’s Infrastructure Technology Institute. Schofer is engaged with the Transportation Research Board of the National Research Council, chairing national policy studies on equity implications of evolving transportation finance mechanisms and strategies for improved passenger and freight travel data. On November 8, 2010, he will chair Northwestern’s Fourth Annual William O. Lipinski Symposium on Transportation Policy on the theme of “Public Transit for Chicago: A Sustainable Ride to the Future.” He is a member of the Institute of Transportation Engineers and a life member of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Schofer earned his BE degree in civil engineering from Yale University and his MS and PhD in transportation engineering from Northwestern.