CTA Unveils Shiny New Clark/Division Subway Station
Sep30

CTA Unveils Shiny New Clark/Division Subway Station

The first, and perhaps largest, part of the de-cruftification of the intersection of Clark and Division Streets is now officially complete.  Mayor Rahm Emanuel, CTA president Dorval Carter and a gaggle of other people in suits and safety yellow vests cut the ribbon today on the newly rebuilt Clark and Division Red Line subway station. The new station features new tile work, brighter lights, and 90% less urine smell.  For all the...

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Transformation of CTA Wilson Station Transports Uptown
Sep17

Transformation of CTA Wilson Station Transports Uptown

The CTA Wilson Station has long been a poster child for dirty, smelly, nasty train stops. So in 2014, the Chicago Transit Authority embarked on a $203-million overhaul of the facility, as well as the parallel tracks that carry the Purple Line trains through the Uptown corridor. At present, the Wilson station is not accessible to persons with disabilities. That will change when the new stationhouse adds two elevators for vertical...

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Clean-Up On All Aisles
Sep16

Clean-Up On All Aisles

Would you like to haul your rubble away in paper or plastic? Eager Gold Coasters have been waiting to ask that question for months, and now may finally be the time. On Tuesday the 8th, the City of Chicago issued a demolition permit for 1210 North Clark Street that reads, simply, “WRECK AND REMOVE A 1 STORY BRICK BUILDING.” Of course, that would be the site of the shuttered-since-June Jewel-Osco store at Clark and Division....

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Idling Chicago Commuters Seeing Loop Link Progress
Sep04

Idling Chicago Commuters Seeing Loop Link Progress

When sitting in your car or on your bus watching pedestrians zoom by, it can be difficult to accept a road construction project as being anything but a nuisance. But more often than not, we can see the intention of said nuisance and know it will be worth the temporary inconvenience when all is said and done. Since March, Chicagoans have been watching the Loop Link project slow things down through the heart of the downtown business...

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Status Update: Union Station Transit Center
Aug18

Status Update: Union Station Transit Center

  The Union Station Transit Center (300 South Canal Street) is moving forward, trying to take some of the snarl out of the mess that is South Canal Street.  The Chicago Architecture Blog’s Daniel Schell rapidly transited the Loop on a Divvy bike to bring us these pictures of the construction progress. The completed project will serve as an intermodal connector linking commuters on Amtrak and Metra trains with CTA buses....

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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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Emanuel To Propose Streamlined Ordinances For Transit Oriented Developments
Jul27

Emanuel To Propose Streamlined Ordinances For Transit Oriented Developments

Chicago is arguably one of the most public transit-friendly cities in the country. Mayor Rahm Emanuel will take action this week to encourage developers to place even more emphasis on transit. Emanuel plans to introduce a transit oriented development (TOD) reform ordinance at the July 29 City Council meeting. The reform would create incentives for more development near CTA and Metra stations. The move could generate significant new...

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How Bad Is Chicagoland’s Transportation System?
Jun09

How Bad Is Chicagoland’s Transportation System?

Chicago is an old city, and when you look at the region’s transportation infrastructure, it looks the part.  Decades of neglect and underfunding have left the region’s and the city’s rails, roads, bridges, and transit in deplorable condition. Tell someone in Finland that the commuter trains sometimes don’t run when it gets to 20 degrees because the switches are heated with open flames, and they’ll think...

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Status Update: Union Station Transit Center
May28

Status Update: Union Station Transit Center

Methodically, the surface parking lot sandwiched between the Amtrak parking garage and Union Station in the West Loop is being scraped away to make room for the new $22 million CTA Transit Center at 300 South Canal Street. The transit center is billed as a “multi-modal” facility, though it stretches the definition a little.  It will allow Amtrak and Metra riders to transfer to Divvy bicycles, CTA local 60, 124, and 157 bus...

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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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