Chicago & West Town Railways, Inc.


The death of the streetcar in the west Chicago suburbs.

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This pair of maps show the evolution of a transportation network in Chicago’s western suburbs that has its roots in a late 19th-century steam railroad. By 1918, a disparate group of horse-drawn, steam, and electrified lines serving the area was organized under the Chicago & West Town Railways, Inc.

Though its routes were prohibited from entering Chicago city limits; pockets of industrialization, local attractions such as the Brookfield Zoo, and commercial districts provided a robust ridership for Oak Park, Riverside, Berwyn, La Grange, Forest Park, Westchester, and other nearby communities.

Even so, buses were introduced relatively early (1923) and by 1936, when the colored map was published, they outnumbered streetcar services. The second map, issued in 1949, shows the complete demise of the streetcar routes, which ended operation the year prior.


Map Details

Publication Date: 1936 and 1942

Author: Chicago & West Town Railways, Inc.

Sheet Width (in): 8.4

Sheet Height (in): 10.75

Condition: A-

Condition Description: Pair of maps, each on sheets measuring approximately 8.4" x 10.75". Worn around the edges; creases, light discoloration and small tears along former fold lines. A bit of discoloration along the top of the black & white map.


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