Map of Chicago and Suburbs showing Chicago Rapid Transit Lines


Take the ‘L’ to the Century of Progress Exposition in Chicago!

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Oriented with west at the top, this map of Chicago maximizes the available space in order to highlight the vast area served by the lines of the Chicago Rapid Transit Company (CRT). The CRT went into receivership the year prior to publication and looked to boost ridership for the 1933 World’s Fair held along Lake Michigan on the Near South Side.

Free transfers via motorcoach from the nearest station to the fairgrounds are prominently advertised. The map highlights the complicated system of transit companies, most of which were struggling financially, that led to their consolidation under the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) in 1947.

The verso includes a diagram of the confusion Inner and Outer Loop systems, as well as a plan of the Century of Progress fairgrounds. The front covers feature a compelling illustration of the ‘L’ soaring above Chicago’s streets; “Above Congestion – Rapid Transit Lines.”

Map Details

Publication Date: 1933

Author: Chicago Rapid Transit Company

Sheet Width (in): 21

Sheet Height (in): 13.9

Condition: A-

Condition Description: Creasing along originally issued fold lines and small pinholes at fold intersections. About 3" of separation has been repaired on the verso with archival tape, and there is faint discoloration along the outer edges of the sheet. Remains in very good condition overall.


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