The rail museum is set to open in Chicago on Friday.
It’s the brainchild of a Chicago group, the Illinois Railway Museum, and is intended to highlight the history and significance of the rail network and the railroads.
The museum is part of the Illinois Historical Society, a non-profit that aims to raise funds for historical research and preservation.
The group will host a public event on Thursday, March 21 at 6:30 p.m. at the former Chicago Fire Headquarters, 551 N. Clybourn St., in Chicago’s South Side.
Tickets are $15 and can be purchased here.
A group of Chicago area business owners have launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $40,000 for the rail museum, which will open its doors in 2021.
The campaign was launched in August with the goal of raising $20,000 in six months.
The first installment of the campaign was $4,000.
Now, with the second campaign set to begin next week, the group hopes to raise another $8,000 to make the rail memorial museum open in 2021, said Joe Mancuso, a spokesman for the Illinois Railroad Museum.
The rail monument, which is the brain child of a group, will open in 2019.
Mancum, who is also president of the Chicago-based American Railroads Museum and Museum, said the rail monument will be a place where people can go to “look at these great railroads and what they do, what they represent, and really get an idea of what a rail line is all about.”
He said the museum will also help bring back memories of the city’s rail history.
“This is a great place to go, a good place to remember the history of Chicago,” Mancampuso said.
“And a good way to connect to a real-life example of the kind of rail line that you’re going to see on a regular basis.”
The Illinois Railway Memorial Museum is being organized by Chicago-area business owners.
Mere weeks after the museum opened in 2021 at a cost of $8.7 million, the Chicago Business Journal reported that it was losing $10 million a year due to the cost of upkeep.
The newspaper said the railroad museum’s annual operating budget was $20 million.