Chicago as a vital transportation hub

Christopher Lynch, Neal Samors  Joseph Schwieterman will discuss Chicago’s extraordinary role as a travel center, during a Society of Midland Authors program at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8, at Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State St., Chicago. The event is free and open to the public. No advance registration is required.

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Lynch and Samors are co-authors of the new book Now Arriving: Traveling to and From Chicago by Air: 90 Years of Flight. Schwieterman is the author of the 2014 book Terminal Town: An Illustrated Guide to Chicago’s Airports, Bus Depots, Train Stations, and Steamship Landings, 1939-Present. The presentation will include stunning images and memorable stories of great transportation landmarks, past and present — and the millions who used them.

Lynch has spent most of his life around Midway Airport, where his family ran Monarch Air Service, which serviced aircraft for more than 60 years. He has written two books on Midway Airport and is co-founder of the Midway Historians Club.

Samors is an award-winning author, co-author and/or publisher of 24 books about Chicago. His books have won three Independent Publisher Awards and several Illinois State Historical Society awards.

Schwieterman is a professor at DePaul University and a nationally known authority on air, bus, and train travel. He has spent more than three decades studying the Chicago’s ever-changing transportation system and regularly appears on WBBM News Radio 780, WBEZ Chicago Public Radio, and FOX 32 Chicago Television.