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A tour of Chicago's brown line neighborhoods on a beautiful spring day
With the weather being as gorgeous as it was today, I decided it would be a great day to snap some photos from the different areas located within walking distance of the CTA's brown line. Specifically I focused on areas within about a 4-5 block radius of all eleven stations on the Ravenswood branch of the brown line. Incidentally, these stations were all reconstructed over the last three years to be long enough for 8 car trains and also ADA compliant (with the exception of Western which only had the platforms lengthened as it was already ADA compliant from a renovation in the 80s). The final station reconstruction, Paulina, was just completed one month ago. I started off at Southport and eventually made my way to the very end of the line, Kimball. However in this thread, these photos are presented in reverse order. But enough talk, here they are.
Kimball - Albany Park neighborhood
Kimball station entrance:
Kedzie - Albany Park neighborhood
Francisco - Ravenswood Manor neighborhood
Heading over the north branch of the Chicago River:
I spy the Sears Tower in its final month before the name change...
Rockwell - Lincoln Square neighborhood
Western - Lincoln Square neighborhood
Damen - Lincoln Square neighborhood
Ravenswood stop on Metra's Union Pacific North line:
Montrose - Ravenswood neighborhood
Beautiful old building located alongside Metra's Union Pacific North tracks between Montrose & Irving Park:
Irving Park - North Center neighborhood
The view up Lincoln Avenue a few blocks north of Addison Street:
Sweet! Trader Joes!
Roscoe Village starts about 4 blocks west-southwest of Paulina, but stretches several blocks further west (so it's not entirely within a 4-5 block radius):