New CTA Washington/Wabash Station Gets Raves on Debut Weekend
Sep05

New CTA Washington/Wabash Station Gets Raves on Debut Weekend

The Chicago Transit Authority’s new Washington/Wabash L Station racked up oodles of likes, plus one’s, and shares over its inaugural weekend.  And that was in real life.  Social media folk liked it, too. In its first few hours of operation, reactions from the crowds of travelers eager to get a whiff of that new train station smell ranged from a star-struck “Oh, shiny!” to a fully suburban “Awesome!”...

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Next Up For Some CTA Love: Green Line Garfield Station
Jan09

Next Up For Some CTA Love: Green Line Garfield Station

Over the last ten years or so, the Chicago Transit Authority has embarked on a number of significant infrastructure improvements, from new trains, to new stations, to the Pink Line.  While it can be argued that the only reason this is happening is because the feds have been hauling dumptrucks full of money into Chicago that can only legally be spent on building things, not operations or personnel; it can’t be disputed that all...

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CTA Quincy Station Is Next In Line For Rehab
Jun09

CTA Quincy Station Is Next In Line For Rehab

The Chicago Transit Authority has announced it will spend $18 million renovating the historic Quincy L Station in the Loop.  The project is just the latest in a series of CTA station additions and upgrades in recent years, including the ongoing $75 million consolidation of the Madison/Wabash and Randolph/Wabash Stations  into the new Madison/Wabash Station on the opposite side of The Loop. The Quincy Station is best known as the only...

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Marriott Marquis Chicago Plants Roots in Prairie District
Aug12

Marriott Marquis Chicago Plants Roots in Prairie District

The new Marriott Marquis Chicago broke ground in the South Loop’s Prairie District back in July, and since then, construction crews have stopped breaking it, and are now drilling, digging, scooping, and shaking that same ground to its very core. Located at 2121 South Prairie Avenue, the newest addition to the McCormick Collection will be directly connected to McCormick Place, offering the ultimate convenience for guests and...

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Madison/Wabash CTA Station Officially a Goner
Apr16

Madison/Wabash CTA Station Officially a Goner

Sure, for weeks there have been demolition crews crawling all over the 119-year-old elevated train station at 29 North Wabash Avenue busy turning it into a memory.  But the paperwork allowing the demolition of the oldest train station on Wabash Avenue only just came through a couple of days ago: WRECK AND REMOVE AN EXISTING MADISON ST. LOOP ELEVATED CTA STATION. Such is life in the big city. The Chicago Architecture Blog’s...

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“This is Cermak-McCormick Place”
Feb11

“This is Cermak-McCormick Place”

If you live in the South Loop, your commute tonight might end with a new phrase “This is Cermak-McCormick Place.” The Chicago Transit Authority’s newest L stop opened this week, and The Chicago Architecture Blog‘s Daniel Schell stopped by to take pictures of the CTA station at its cleanest. The new station is partly a response to the increasing number of people living in the South Loop and an effort by the city...

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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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