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Digging Out And Taking Stock

By Mike Fourcher | Wednesday, February 2, 2011

A CTA bus abandoned this morning at Western Ave. and Leland St. "It's been there all night," said a security guard at the Western Ave. El stop. Credit: Mike Fourcher

Center Square residents peered out of their windows this morning to find almost twenty inches of snow, well inside the top five biggest storms in Chicago history.

We took a quick stroll around Lincoln Square at 10:00 a.m. to find only a few businesses open, or preparing to open. Rick Romanow, owner of Ricochet’s Tavern at 4644 N. Lincoln Ave., was plowing his sidewalk, “We’ll be open by 1:00 p.m. for sure.”

The Daily Bar And Grill, 4560 N. Lincoln Ave., had a sign in their window, “Open at Noon Today.”

The managers of The Grind, 4613 N. Lincoln Ave., said they opened before 9 a.m. and the Starbucks crew at 4557 N. Lincoln Ave., said they opened at 9 a.m.

The Brown Line was closed between the Western and Kimball stops for most of the night due to a power outage, but by 10:30 a.m., service had been restored.

We found a two stranded CTA buses along Western Avenue, one at Lawrence and another at Leland. “It’s been there all night,” said a security guard at the Western El Stop.

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