Thursday, April 6, 2023

Uptown Model Railroad Club To Hold Open Houses Off-Site As Fieldhouse Is Reconstructed


The Garfield-Clarendon Model Railroad Club in the Clarendon Park Community Center is one of Uptown's hidden gems. There's a track that's so large, ornate, and detailed that trains take 25 minutes to make a complete loop!

Unfortunately for visitors / fortunately for the future, its home, the Fieldhouse, is currently being overhauled to update the neglected and deteriorating conditions within. That means you can't see the entire model village in its home until sometime early in 2024, when reconstruction will be finished.

But the members of the Garfield-Clarendon Model Railroad Club have been busy putting together a portable model village that they will display in a series of Open Houses. You can attend the first one later this month:

  • Lincolnwood Town Center
  • 3333 W Touhy Ave, Lincolnwood Illinois
  • April 29th, Noon - 5pm
  • Free
  • For more information, call 773-609-2788 or visit

They'd like to do more open houses throughout the summer, but need some ideas on where to find local venues with a large enough space. Got something in mind? Contact

If you'd like to take a virtual tour of the display, you can do so here:

As for what lies in store when the rehab of the Fieldhouse is done, they say, "We’re excited for the enhanced water protection, new energy efficient lighting, better HVAC with air conditioning, and we will be getting a workshop space." Can't wait.

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