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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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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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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CTA 95th Street Superstation to Become a Reality
Jun15

CTA 95th Street Superstation to Become a Reality

Seven months ago we told you about the Chicago Transit Authority’s plan to scrap the overused, overburdened overly gross 95th Street train and bus station at the south end of the Red Line.  Transit agencies make big plans all the time that never come to fruition (CTA Circle Line, anyone?), but this project is actually a “go.” The CTA has awarded construction contracts to start work on the $240 million replacement for...

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End of the Red Line To Get Bigger, Brighter, Artier
Nov19

End of the Red Line To Get Bigger, Brighter, Artier

Hot on the heels of ripping up and replacing the southern portion of the Chicago Transit Authority’s Red Line subway, the city has unveiled drawings for a new station at the 95th Street extremity of the transit line. The station has the unfortunate official name of “95th Street Red Lime Terminal.” The word “terminal” is the unfortunate part, since for decades people on the south side have been begging the...

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Will Block37’s New Blades Keep People From Skating By?
Aug06

Will Block37’s New Blades Keep People From Skating By?

Months after getting an exemption to a city ordinance prohibiting large signs on its facade, Block37 (1 West Randolph Street) is finally installing metal fins on its exterior that will soon bear the names of the stores within. The downtown mall’s position on the edge between the city’s Theater District and its historic State Street district left it in an unusual situation – it was not allowed to have vertical signs of any...

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Week Links: April 20, 2012
Apr20

Week Links: April 20, 2012

Loop North News notes a strange kind of theft — Apparently some people walked into Marina City (300 North State Street) and stole fuses from a storage space in a hallway.  The haul was worth $300.  I’ve heard of people stealing copper wire and manhole covers for their scrap value, but this is a new one to me. Saint James Cathedral (65 East Huron Street) has posted new photos of the construction on its plaza. Crain’s...

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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas (2011 edition, part 17)
Dec23

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas (2011 edition, part 17)

Sadly, the CTA’s Santa Train has made all of its trips this season, and Kris Kringle is back at the North Pole getting ready for the big day. Fortunately, one of our spies found herself in a Red Line station with nothing to do this past Tuesday when Santa made his final run.  She, like everyone else, whipped out her camera phone and took video inside and out, which she shared with us.  She notes “Don’t laugh at the...

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Briefly: IBM Plaza’s New Name, Capturing Value
Dec23

Briefly: IBM Plaza’s New Name, Capturing Value

The building formerly known as IBM Plaza (330 North Wabash Avenue) will become AMA Plaza in 2013 when the American Medical Association moves in.  It’s currently headquartered at the AMA Building a few blocks away at 515 North State Street, best known for having a big hole in one side of it. There’s an interesting, and fairly lengthy, article on Grid Chicago about the notion of value capture. I’m not a public policy...

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