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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Work About to Start on 120-Year-Old Quincy L Station
Apr10

Work About to Start on 120-Year-Old Quincy L Station

The Chicago Transit Authority’s most historic elevated rail station is about to get a big renovation. The City of Chicago has issued construction permits for the renovation of the Quincy/Wells station (220 South Wells Street), which serves the Brown, Purple, Orange, and Pink Lines. It’s also a transfer point for grabbing an Amtrak or Metra train out of Union Station, or a ride on certain long-distance bus lines....

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Clark Junction Flyover a Go as CTA Gets Another $Billion for Red Line
Jan09

Clark Junction Flyover a Go as CTA Gets Another $Billion for Red Line

One of the Chicago Transit Authority’s most notorious bottlenecks is going to finally become uncorked.  According to Crain’s Chicago Business, President Obama has approved more than a billion dollars in upgrades for the CTA’s Red Line. Part of the money will go to reducing congestion at the L section where the Brown Line splits off from the Red and Puple Line tracks.  Red and Purple Line trains have to stop in their...

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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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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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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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Like Trains? You’ll Love Chicago’s Newest Skyscraper [updated]
Mar19

Like Trains? You’ll Love Chicago’s Newest Skyscraper [updated]

Another new residential tower is coming to River North and this one has an interesting, albeit noisy, view. 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly sent out a notice last night inviting neighbors to a public meeting for a new tower at 205 West Hubbard Street. That’s the surface parking lot bifurcated by the CTA’s Brown and Purple Line elevated trains. The project actually includes two buildings so, presumably, it will also...

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Work Gets Rolling on CTA Wilson Station Reconstruction
Dec09

Work Gets Rolling on CTA Wilson Station Reconstruction

A host of local politicians, including Mayor Rahm Emanuel, were in Uptown today for the groundbreaking ceremony for the CTA’s reconstruction of its Wilson Station (4620 North Broadway).  Wilson is a huge project, in part because it used to be a much more important link in the regional transportation system than it is today. At one time this was not just a train station, but also a double-decker rail yard.  Later its importance...

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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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CTA Gets on the Ball With Wilson Station Reconstruction
Jun15

CTA Gets on the Ball With Wilson Station Reconstruction

The same day the Chicago Transit Authority announced it awarded construction contracts to start work on a futuristic-looking 95th Street Intermodal Superstation Terminal and Ice Cream Parlor* in the West Chesterfield neighborhood, it inked $153 million deal to start work rebuilding the Red Line’s Wilson Station. The Wilson Station has been the hub of Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood since it was completed in 1900.  The...

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