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Cruising Madison Street: Oak Park's Motor Row

May 18, 2023 - 7:00pm
Oak Park River Forest Museum
129 Lake St
Oak Park, IL 60302
United States

For much of the 20th century, Madison Street in Oak Park was a premier destination for car buyers, attracting customers from not only our local communities, but also Chicago and the western suburbs.

On May 18th, Peggy and Kenn Sinko will share stories of this important commercial strip where one could not only purchase an automobile, but also find all the supporting services needed to maintain it. They will explore how and why Motor Row developed, share stories of some of the buildings, dealerships, and key figures—including a dentist turned car dealer. Early automobile promotions were often creative and zany, and the Sinkos will relate efforts involving a movie star, a limerick contest, and a race to Moline with an airplane, a train, and a Packard.

This event is free to Museum members. Regular admission rates apply for the general public.