March 24 from 2-5pm
The Historic Prairie House
11225 Constitution Drive, Westchester
You are cordially invited to a presentation by author Jack Doyle on his latest Arcadia book, Chicago Motor Coach Company. Afterwards, Jack will be available for book signing.
Chicago Motor Coach Company chronicles an era when buses first traversed the city’s boulevards. Street Cars were not allowed on Park District streets, thereby paving the way for motor bus operations. Chicago’s first bus route, Sheridan Road in 1917, would be purchased by John D. Hertz in 1921, later franchises to operate over the south and west boulevards would also be secured. By 1927, after General Motors had gained controlling stock, Hertz’s Yellow Coach Chicago based manufacturing was moved to Pontiac, Michigan, where Yellow-GM would become the largest transit bus builder in the world.
With the Motor Coach operating on Chicago’s scenic Park District streets, this book showcases Chicago architecture, museums, The Magnificent Mile, State Street, “The Great Street,” and more, including photographs that have never been published.