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A (kick)stand for BikeWalk Logan Square

18 Apr

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How many people use the station?

18 Oct

Over 7000 people board the Blue Line train, the 56/Milwaukee bus or the 76/Diversey bus at Logan Square each weekday.  Ridership is increasing, and we’re on pace to see nearly two million people board trains and buses at Logan Square in 2011.

Station renovations

17 Oct

The Logan Square Blue Line station has had some renovations over the years, most notably in 2001 when the elevators were added and the south mezzanine expanded.  (Unfortunately, the compass rose that was once in the sidewalk as you stepped off the escalator at the Kedzie Avenue exit was inexplicably removed.)

Some minor renovations have taken place piecemeal since then, such as the addition of bike racks and digital information screens.

Just this past summer, the CTA took a SWAT team approach to the station with its Renew Crew washing, refurbishing, painting. lighting, planting, etc. all at once to make a profound impact on the station (see the CTA’s before and after photos).

Logan Square Blue Line Station - 2011

Origin of the Logan Square CTA Blue Line station

12 Oct

Logan Square was once the terminus for what was then known as the West-Northwest route of the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) elevated line.

The former Logan Square elevated station that opened in 1895 was demolished when what is now known as the CTA Blue Line was extended to Jefferson Park (and later to O’Hare International Airport).

The architectural firm of SOM (Skidmore, Owings & Merrill)–known for such prominent Chicago projects as Willis (formerly Sears) Tower, the John Hancock Center, and the new Trump International Hotel and Tower– designed the current Logan Square subway station as an open mezzanine in the modern International Style that the firm is known for.  The new station opened in 1970.

Logan Square Blue Line Station - 1970

Bike Walk Logan Square

10 Oct

Bike Walk Logan Square’s mission is to support and enhance the environment for walking and biking in the Logan Square neighborhood.