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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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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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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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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