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):
I did enjoy the tour! Great to see some Chicago neighborhoods on here. I get kinda tired of the usual skyscraper sets in Chicago. There's so much to like about these areas. Hope to get more tours like these.
^ Completely agree with that. It's also attractive for newcomers who wish to live the urban lifestyle, but not give up the car. Still a hassle to find parking, but at least you got the car when you need it. I feel the city satisfies people on so many different levels.
Excellent photography and a beautiful tour. The neighborhoods are especially beautiful in Spring, and the rebuilt stations are a vast improvement.
I preferred the old names for the CTA lines, as compared with the color-coding system that has become the standard for urban rail transit just about everywhere. Ravenswood has a pleasant sound to it; at least they could have come up with something better than "Brown."
Kimball brings back a memory of a 1980s misadventure. I was headed for a stop on the (now) Red Line very late on a Saturday night, sufficiently impaired that I should not have been out by myself. It was colder than blazes, near Zero Fahrenheit, and I waited at Belmont in a semi-haze from the combined effects of alcohol and bitter-cold air. Finally a train came and I boarded, grateful for a place to sit down in the warmth.
After a couple of stops I realized I had boarded a Ravenswood train, the last train of the night. The late-night bus between Kimball and the Red Line ran infrequently, and I was out in the cold again.
Back at the Red Line I boarded the same car with the conductor. Three teenagers, the only other passengers on that car, began hassling me for money and the conductor made no attempt to intervene. I gave them my pocket change, probably a couple dollars' worth, and a couple of CTA tokens. I was very glad to get back to my friend's apartment. That was the last time I went out and got semi-sh!t-faced alone.
Getting thrown out of railroad stations since 1979!
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