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CTA Won’t Say Why Empty Paulina Stop Lot Still On Hold

By Geoff Dankert

Having annoyed scores of West Lakeview transit riders with the decision to halt #11 Lincoln Avenue bus service, the Chicago Transit Authority appears to be in no hurry to dispense with another lingering issue in the neighborhood: the sale of the former Just Tires property at 3400 N. Lincoln Ave. The plot of land adjacent Read the Rest…

CTA Postpones Lincoln Sale, Offers New Property Near Trader Joe’s

By Geoff Dankert

The Chicago Transit Authority has hit “pause” on the sale of its star-crossed property adjacent to the Paulina “L” station, even as it offers a second piece of land along the Brown Line to prospective buyers. A planned vote on the sale of the parcel at 3400 N. Lincoln Ave. was left off the agenda Read the Rest…

Change Underfoot at Rockwell ‘L’ Station: Rotting Wood Platform Replaced

By Patty Wetli

CTA riders who board Brown Line trains at the Rockwell station will have noticed a rather obvious change underfoot. The entire wood plank platform is being replaced. Again. In December 2010, an investigation by the Better Government Association revealed that the wood planking, installed at Brown Line stations during the $530 million renovation project completed Read the Rest…

CTA Holiday Train Traveling Brown Line This Week

By Mike Fourcher

The CTA Holiday Train has survived another year of budget cuts and will be travelling the Brown Line on Thursday, Friday and Saturday this week. According to CTA, the train will be starting at the Midway Orange Line stop, travelling to the Kimball Brown Line stop: Thursday from about 3:00 p.m. to about 5:45 p.m. Friday from Read the Rest…

Center Square In The News

By Brad Bretz

Rahm Renter Rob Halpin Moving Out Of Emanuel House When Lease Is Up In June. [Huffington Post Chicago] New CTA Pres. Forrest Claypool Rides the Brown Line. [Chicago Now] Rahm Emanuel On The Town: A Very Public Wants His Private Life, Too. [Crain’s Business] Big Ideas, Small Tasks: A New Alderman’s Balancing Act. [WBEZ] Painter Read the Rest…

Merle’s Coffee Shoppe Closed

By Mike Fourcher

Last weekend, without fanfare, Merle’s Coffee Shoppe, 4642 N. Francisco Ave., closed for good. Just two weeks ago the Ravenswood Manor bulwark was hosting their annual Easter egg hunt. The coffee shop was owned by husband and wife Jeff Scoughton and his mother Virginia, who also ran a catering business. Many locals will remember the Read the Rest…

Brown Line Train Collides with Vehicle near Rockwell

By Samantha Abernethy

A Brown Line train collided with a vehicle stopped on the tracks near the Rockwell station Friday morning, injuring one person in the vehicle. CTA shut off power to the tracks for about half an hour following the collision around 8:50 a.m. Chicago Breaking News reports the car was stuck on the tracks because of Read the Rest…

CTA Holiday Train: Riding in a Winter Wonderland

By Patty Wetli

At 3:43 p.m., I stood shivering on the Chicago platform, peering down the tracks, waiting for a Brown Line train to round the curve. When what to my wondering eyes should appear, but a miniature sleigh and eight tiny reindeer. OK, not really, but the Holiday Train comes close. “Santa!” screamed the little ones. Surly Read the Rest…

CTA Holiday Train: Riding in a Winter Wonderland

By Patty Wetli

At 3:43 p.m., I stood shivering on the Chicago platform, peering down the tracks, waiting for a Brown Line train to round the curve. When what to my wondering eyes should appear, but a miniature sleigh and eight tiny reindeer. OK, not really, but the Holiday Train comes close. “Santa!” screamed the little ones. Surly Read the Rest…

CAPS mtg addresses Manor robbery attempts; Police support ‘Whistle Alert Awareness Strategy’

By Mary Pendergast

The CAPS meeting held last Tuesday night, February 16, at Horner Park Field House, 2741 W. Montrose, Chicago, IL, was the first Beat 1724 meeting since?a January strong-arm robbery attempt in the CTA Francisco stop vicinity. Another woman was similarly attacked in Beat 1724 while walking to the Brown Line at the Sacramento entrance of Read the Rest…

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