35th Street Metra station to open in April

Metra train leaving Ashburn stop, W 83rd St

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 set for the following Thursday, April 7.

Twenty-six inbound trains and 21 outbound trains will stop at the new station on weekdays. It will be served by all weekend trains.

Inbound Metra riders can get to the LaSalle Street station in 10 minutes, at a cost of $2.25; depending on the schedule, outbound riders can reach Tinley Park in 30 minutes, at a cost of $4.50, and Joliet in an hour, at a cost of $6.00. (A full schedule is already available in PDF format.)

Metra will boost service on game days to accommodate fans traveling to and from the Cell.

The new station — Metra’s first in five years — has heated ramps, stairways, eight-car platforms, heated platform shelters, bicycle racks, benches, Metra’s audio and visual information system, lighting and landscaping.

The station is less than a mile from Lexington Square, Lexington Homes‘ new community of rowhomes located at 37th and Sangamon streets. By walking north to 35th street and catching an eastbound bus, Lexington Square residents can reach the station in just 10 minutes.

Lexington Square’s three- and four-bedroom homes feature granite countertops, hardwood floors, high ceilings, private roof decks with skyline views, and two-car garages.

Right now, Lexington Homes is offering two specially priced rowhomes that are still open to customization: a Grant Elite floor plan priced in the $370s, and a Buckingham floor plan priced in the low $400s. Each has three bedrooms and 3.5 baths, and the Grant-style home has an option for a fourth, says sales manager Regina Castle.

For more information on Lexington Square, visit LexingtonChicago.com.

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