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If you haven’t been to Rogers Park in some time, you know have a number of new reasons to jump on the Red Line (or the Metra) and make your way up to this diverse and dynamic North Side neighborhood.

What makes a great public transit facility, you ask? I'd say it is a well-lit space to wait for the next train, combined with compelling architecture, public art, and easy access for people with physical handicaps.

Such a station now graces the eastern side of the Loop 'L' trains, as the stunning Washington/Wabash Station opened for use by visitors and Chicagoans on August 31, 2017. It’s the first new station in the Loop since 1997, and rave reviews continue to come in from architectural magazines, transit wonks, and a range of other outlets.

  Albany Park mural

 

I like to see Chicago by riding the city's 'L,' and I encourage visitors to do the same. Most folks might take a quick trip around the Loop, but if you have a little extra time, a ride on the Brown Line will afford you a bird's-eye view of the city as the train travels to the Northwest Side. Hop off at the Kedzie stop (second-to-last on the line) and you'll find yourself in the diverse Albany Park neighborhood.

A Journey on the Pink Line to Pilsen

Friday, July 17, 2015 12:00 AM by Max Grinnell

Pilsen CTA

Many visitors to Chicago might not get a chance to venture beyond the Loop, so why not hop on the Pink Line and take a trip to Pilsen? It started life as an immigrant incubator for people from Eastern Europe and today it is made vibrant and wonderful by Mexicans and other Latinos who’ve come to Chicago for a range of opportunities. So hop on the Pink Line and follow me to 18th Street for a short visit to a couple of the area’s most unique destinations. 

Doors Open at Fullerton

With the rising cost of airplane tickets and gas prices, travel is an increasingly expensive proposition. So why not a staycation powered by the CTA? Such an adventure is certainly low-cost and it's fun to explore the city via the Red, Blue, Orange, Pink, Green, or Purple Lines. And you don't have to worry about parking, tickets, or any of those other possible pitfalls that come with traveling around via combustion engine.

I've always enjoyed exploring the city by train and this guide will help you explore a corner of Lincoln Park just by stepping off at the Fullerton Red Line stop for a bit of informed wandering.

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