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Chicago’s best Loop / New East Side apartments – public transit access

Millennium Park Plaza

Chicago’s Loop includes the area known as the New East Side, which in turn includes the Lakeshore East development. You’ll find all of your major apartment options in the Loop and New East Side on our at-a-glance list of downtown apartments. Our goal is to help you find the apartment that best fits your needs. ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on February 21, 2014
News & trendsTransportation

Riding the Red Line – the all-around deplorable stations

CTA Red Line video

The Tribune is reporting that the CTA has signed a contract for a $57.4 million face lift for seven of “the most shabby, leaky and all-around deplorable stations on the CTA Red Line north branch.” One of those stations is Argyle, and you can see its crumbling viaduct in the above video, one of 17 ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on February 9, 2012

The Red Line Project, DePaul student version

CTA Red Line video

A hat tip to the CTA Tattler for alerting us to The Red Line Project by DePaul University journalism students. Joe Askins, before heading off to grad school, undertook YoChicago’s Red Line project, and you can see the results at our CTA Red Line playlist at YouTube. Joe shot a video at each of the ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on May 26, 2011
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Riding the Red Line: Lake

Video - Riding the Red Line: Lake

Today’s segment from my video series on Red Line stations is from the Lake station, located below State Street between Lake and Randolph in the Loop. As of 2009, it was the busiest Red Line station in the Loop, serving almost 5 million riders. From Lake, travelers can transfer free to the Brown, Green, Orange, ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on April 18, 2011
ChicagoSouth Side

Quote of the day: ‘Playing a kazoo’

“Erecting a mediocre piece of urban infrastructure alongside such a campus is like showing up at a Chicago Symphony Orchestra concert and playing a kazoo.” – Trib architecture critic Blair Kamin, lamenting the “functional but aesthetically-mangled” execution of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill‘s design for a new Metra station at 35th Street, near the Illinois Institute ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on April 7, 2011
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Riding the Red Line: Roosevelt

Video: Riding the Red Line: Roosevelt

The third stop on my tour of the Red Line was the Roosevelt station near Roosevelt Road and State Street in the South Loop. Traveling north from the South Side, Roosevelt is the first subway station that riders encounter. The surrounding neighborhood is more dense than the areas around the Cermak/Chinatown or Sox/35th stations, but ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on March 29, 2011
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Riding the Red Line: Cermak / Chinatown

Video: Riding Chicago's Red Line: Cermak / Chinatown

My next stop on the way north via CTA’s Red Line was the Cermak / Chinatown station, located at 138 W Cermak Rd. Due to construction on the station’s Cermak side, I exited the station onto Archer Avenue and shot this profile from the intersection of Archer and Wentworth. Just a handful of homes have ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on March 24, 2011
ChicagoSouth Side

Riding the Red Line, starting at Sox / 35th

Video: Riding the Red Line - Sox / 35th

Last Wednesday I started what will be an ongoing project through the next month or two: a series of videos profiling each Red Line station between Bridgeport and Rogers Park. I started off near the Sox / 35th station, located between the northbound and southbound lanes of the Dan Ryan Expressway, and started traveling north. ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on March 21, 2011
ChicagoSouth Side

35th Street Metra station to open in April

Metra, Chicago

A new Metra station at 35th Street will open in April, just as the Chicago White Sox kick off their 2011 season at US Cellular Field. According to Metra, Rock Island trains will begin stopping at the “Lou” Jones station at 106 W 35th St on Sunday, April 3. The White Sox’ home opener is ...

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Posted by sponsored post on March 16, 2011

Tribune: CTA to sell naming rights for rail lines, stations

From Chicago Breaking News: The CTA will go out for bids next week to sell naming rights to its rail lines and stations, bus routes and other assets, CTA president Richard Rodriguez announced Wednesday. Sounds like a perfect thread to end the day — take it away, jokers.

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Posted by Joseph Askins on November 10, 2010
ChicagoSouth Side

Bridgeport Metra station nears completion

Metra train leaving Ashburn stop, W 83rd St

The new Metra station at 35th Street and Wentworth Avenue in Bridgeport should be finished by the end of year, Gazette Chicago reported earlier this month. Once open, Bridgeport residents, including buyers at the new Lexington Square townhomes at 3704 S Sangamon St (less than a mile to the west), will have a new alternative ...

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Posted by sponsored post on October 22, 2010