Artists Propose Totally Tubular Light Show For Belly of the Wabash L
Oct07

Artists Propose Totally Tubular Light Show For Belly of the Wabash L

  A group of Chicago artists want to take the “seamy” out of the underbelly of the L in The Loop. The Wabash Lights is an art project that envisions hundreds of light tubes underneath the L tracks along Wabash Avenue.  The tube colors can be changed and animated at will.  The idea is to brighten up the area, which has underdone significant gentrification in recent years, but still has a way to go. We envision the tube...

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Transit Artist Nick Fury Goes High Above Ashland And Lake For His Latest Venue
Oct01

Transit Artist Nick Fury Goes High Above Ashland And Lake For His Latest Venue

The folks at the office supply store where Nick Fury shops must figure he uses a typewriter, and that he doesn’t do it very well. Fury goes through a lot of typewriter correcting tape. It’s not inked words that he’s covering, though. Fury is creating art and using a nontraditional medium. It takes a keen eye and steady hand to place the correcting tape in straight lines and curves to develop visual images, but Fury has the technique...

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Sleek CTA Train Station Coming to the Loop
Apr08

Sleek CTA Train Station Coming to the Loop

Construction is expected to start in the next few months on Chicago’s newest L station: Washington and Wabash. The start of work was delayed a year while work was completed on an environmental impact statement. That statement was presented to the public at the end of February, and can also be seen here.  The public comment period on the project closed at the end of last week. The Chicago Transit Authority explains that, “the...

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CTA To Build New Loop Station, Shutter Two Others
Oct10

CTA To Build New Loop Station, Shutter Two Others

  As the Chicago Transit Authority continues trying to cram more and more trains into the Loop’s elevated rail loop, new bottlenecks are emerging.  At the same time, some of the CTA’s infrastructure is in a desperate state of repair.  So, what’s being proposed on Wabash Avenue will kill two pigeons with one stone. The CTA is going to close its Randolph and Wabash station along with its Madison and Wabash...

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A Historic Look at the Changing Leaves on the Wells Street Bridge
Apr26

A Historic Look at the Changing Leaves on the Wells Street Bridge

The year-long project of replacing the Wells Street Bridge over the main branch of the Chicago River reaches another critical phase this weekend. The north leaf of the the double-decker bascule bridge will be replaced with a brand new 2,100-ton leaf, constructed off-site and floated into place a couple of weeks ago. The removal of the northern half of the span means that CTA trains won’t be able to cross it from 10pm tonight...

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Two Neighboring L Stations, Separated by 120 Years
Jan28

Two Neighboring L Stations, Separated by 120 Years

The West Loop is home to a wide array of architectural styles, and they aren’t only evident in buildings. The two CTA elevated stations separated by one mile on West Lake Street also span 120 years of design and history. Most commuters I passed walking up the stairs to the Ashland Green Line Station probably gave little thought to what was going on in the world in 1883 when the structure was built. For the record, Grover...

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Will a Scrawnier Wolf Get Everyone on Point?
Nov05

Will a Scrawnier Wolf Get Everyone on Point?

The current champion for largest and most controversial development in downtown Chicago (that actually has a chance of happening) is making its way through the approval process largely unscathed. Wolf Point (350 North Orleans Street) is the lupine child of Houston-based global mega-developer Hines, and Chicago-based local really-wanna-be-huge-someday developer Magellan.  Their architect, Pelli Clarke Pelli has made some changes to the...

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Week Links: June 1, 2012
Jun01

Week Links: June 1, 2012

Lucien Lagrange calls himself a “basket case.” While mass transit companies elsewhere build 100-story buildings and huge shopping malls around its stations, the Tribune wrings its hands over whether the CTA’s new Green/Pink line Morgan Station is too fancy. Another Chicago residential building wants to become a hotel.  900 DeWitt Place, which is tucked behind the John Hancock Center, has filed paperwork with the city...

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Transit Pawn

If you ride CTA trains for any length of time, chances are you have a favorite stop. The Addison Red LIne station (940 West Addison Street) is always a big winner in any El popularity contest, as is Sox/35th (142 West 35th Street).  History buffs tend to gravitate toward the Quincy stop on the Loop. The station had its most recent renovation in 1988, but when that was done, care was taken to preserve the historic character of the A.M....

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Slice of Life: Water Crossing

It’s a scene you’ve seen a thousand times.  But somehow there’s something about the sight of a train crossing a bridge over a road over a river over another train (in the Lake Street subway tunnel) that captures the imagination. Did you enjoy this article? Click to give the author a few...

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