Washington Park is the Next Neighborhood to be Transformed by CTA Renovation
Jun19

Washington Park is the Next Neighborhood to be Transformed by CTA Renovation

Seventeen years after its last renovation, the CTA’s Garfield Green Line station (320 East Garfield Boulevard) is getting another makeover.  Starting now. Ground was recently broken on what is called the Garfield Gateway project.  We first reported on it in July of 2016, when $25 million federal tax dollars were allocated to transform the dilapidated transit hub into a modern commuter portal. The city has come up with 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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Two Neighboring L Stations, Separated by 120 Years
Jan28

Two Neighboring L Stations, Separated by 120 Years

The West Loop is home to a wide array of architectural styles, and they aren’t only evident in buildings. The two CTA elevated stations separated by one mile on West Lake Street also span 120 years of design and history. Most commuters I passed walking up the stairs to the Ashland Green Line Station probably gave little thought to what was going on in the world in 1883 when the structure was built. For the record, Grover...

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Week Links: June 1, 2012
Jun01

Week Links: June 1, 2012

Lucien Lagrange calls himself a “basket case.” While mass transit companies elsewhere build 100-story buildings and huge shopping malls around its stations, the Tribune wrings its hands over whether the CTA’s new Green/Pink line Morgan Station is too fancy. Another Chicago residential building wants to become a hotel.  900 DeWitt Place, which is tucked behind the John Hancock Center, has filed paperwork with the city...

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Week Links: May 18, 2012
May18

Week Links: May 18, 2012

The Prairie Avenue District is going to get a brand new mansion to go with all the historic mansions down there.  It’s going to be 13,000 square feet on the same block as the Marshall Field, Junior mansion (1919 South Prairie Avenue).  Crains Chicago Business has the scoop. The new CTA Green Line station at North Morgan Street is now open.  This means better access to the West Loop, West Town, the Fulton River District and the...

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