Chicago’s extensive streetcar system operated from 1859-1958. Through much of the early 1900s, the system was one of the largest – and most successful – in the US. Streetcars in Chicago had the most active miles of track, and more routes than any other streetcar system in the nation.
By the end of World War II, however, the streetcar system began its decline; buses were introduced into the city at a rapid pace. Over the next decade, streetcars were completely phased out of Chicago.
John Krause, an architect and designer, recently launched a website and blog that calls for the return of streetcars in Chicago. The initial streetcar “starter line” he proposes would run on Clark Street, from Wrigley Field to the Loop.
Krause says a new system of modern streetcars in Chicago would present a host of benefits. Modern streetcars run quietly and exhaust-free, while they spark development and create revenue within the neighborhoods along the line.
While visiting Krause's website, www.chicagostreetcar.com, you'll enjoy some beautiful photos of vibrant streets with streetcars from around the world.