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Patrick T. Reardon - "The Loop: The "L" Tracks that Shaped and Saved Chicago"
Every day Chicagoans rely on the loop of elevated train tracks to get to their jobs, classrooms, or homes in the city’s downtown. But how much do they know about the single most important structure in the history of the Windy City? In engagingly brisk prose, Patrick T. Reardon unfolds the fascinating story about how Chicago’s elevated Loop was built, gave its name to the downtown, helped unify the city, saved the city’s economy, and was itself saved from destruction in the 1970s.

May 4, 2021 01:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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Patrick T. Reardon
Author and Journalist
Patrick T. Reardon is the author of The Loop: The “L” Tracks That Shaped and Saved Chicago (2020), the first-ever examination of the impact of the elevated Loop on the economic, social and physical development of Chicago. He worked for 32 years as a reporter at the Chicago Tribune, specializing in urban/metropolitan affairs. During his career, Reardon used his expertise in social policy, demographics, statistics, community organizing, Chicago politics and history, the geography of the city and region, the city’s literature, real estate development, religion and the history of the nation and world to hold a mirror up to the people of the metropolitan region. He is the author of eight other books, including the poetry collection Requiem for David. In 2009, he authored two planning booklets for the Burnham Plan Centennial and wrote 78 essays over a nine-month period for the Burnham Blog.