Chicago’s first subway opened in 1943, but government control of mass transit came in 1947 with the new Chicago Transit Authority, which set out to modernize the system. In part three of his look-back, history blogger John Schmidt asks, "What would Chicago be without the 'L'?"
The protesters were angry and vocal in the fall of 1909. Their target was one heartless Chicago capitalist named Clarence Knight. He was trying to end smoking on the 'L' trains.Knight was president of the Chicago & Oak Park Elevated Railroad (today's Lake Street Green Line).