At the turn of the twentieth century, railroads and electric trolley lines were important modes of transportation for Chicago’s western suburbs. The Aurora, Elgin and Chicago electric railway system, also known as “the third rail,” connected the Fox River Valley to Chicago. The transit system provided frequent operations and easy connections for both daily commutes and weekend excursions, making Geneva a hub of activity. By the mid-1930s, operation in Geneva had ceased due to financial reasons.
The Geneva History Museum will bring back the essence of riding on a trolley during Swedish Days. Guided tours of historic Geneva will depart from Second and James Streets every hour, Tuesday, Jun 20–Thursday, Jun 22, 11:00 a.m.– 4:00 p.m. Call 630-232-4951 for more information.