Friday, February 1, 2013
The Oak Park Area Arts Council is seeking applications from artists who want to create public works of art along the Green Line.
Are you the Picasso of pavement? The Oak Park Area Arts Council is seeking 15 artists for mural projects to continue the transformation of the retention walls that support the CTA Green Line from drab, grey concrete into beautiful works of public art. The project was initially launched in 2010 to give Oak Park residents and visitors something nice to look at as they stroll the village and foster outlets for local creativity. Murals have already been completed at North and South boulevards and Oak Park Avenue and east and west of Marion Street. Still, the council is looking for full coverage. Selected artists will be given a $500 stipend for materials prior to beginning their work and another $500 upon completion of the project. The murals …
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
The CTA Holiday Train, which has become a Chicago tradition since 1992, is up and running once again. It will make its way to the Green Line on Nov. 28 and Blue Line on Dec. 6-8.
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Tuesday, November 27, 2012
The Chicago Transit Authority has once again gotten into the spirit of the holiday season with its Holiday Train, which began its annual run on Nov. 23. The train is decked out with garland, bows, thousands of lights and hand poles wrapped to look like candy canes, in addition to an open car in the middle that carries Santa Claus, his reindeer and several decorated Christmas trees. "It is a unique thing to Chicago," said CTA Media Spokesperson Catherine Hosinski. "No other city has an in-service train like this. Over the 21 years, this has become a tradition among Chicagoans and their families. They make this part of their holiday season traditions, to go out and see it and ride it and say 'hi' to Santa." The Holiday Train will run on all …
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Federal cash to pay for underground and street-level upgrades.
The area near the Harlem Avenue CTA station will get a sprucing up, courtesy of new federal grant money. The $1.1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation's "Transportation, Community and System Preservation" (TCSP) program will help pay for improvements near the Green Line station, from Marion Street running west along South Boulevard to Harlem Avenue. Officials in Oak Park say they plan to replace underground infrastructure, construct wider sidewalks, shorten crosswalk distances, improve area lighting and add more seating — a compliment to the work recently completed along South Marion Street. Earlier: South Marion to Get $5.4 Million Facelift In a news release, Oak Park officials said the renovations will be key to …
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Chicago Tribune analysis shows high-crime activity, with local routes ranking high on the list.
Commuters, beware. The rail routes frequented by many local CTA riders are high on the list of crime hotspots, according to a Chicago Tribune analysis of more than three years of crime data. The analysis is part of a larger Tribune series examining crime on the CTA, from dissecting the rise of smartphone robberies to tagging along with late-night commuters. Be sure to check out this infographic, which breaks down the stats. The Roosevelt stop in the Loop, which serves the CTA's Red, Green and Orange Lines and bus routes, was tops on the list, the Trib's analysis found, and the entire 23-mile stretch of the Red Line sees a high rate of crime. And then there's this: In addition to the Red Line, which operates around the clock between some of…
Friday, August 19, 2011
Gun pressed into rider's side at Austin stop in unsolved Blue Line robbery, while
A 24-year-old man suffered cuts to his face during an armed robbery that took place in the early morning hours of Aug. 13 at the CTA Blue Line stop at Austin Boulevard. Police said two men got on to the eastbound train at Cicero Avenue and sat down next to the victim. At the Austin stop, one of the two pressed a revolver into the victim’s side and demanded he turn over everything. He refused and was struck in the face; a bag containing a Mexican ID, a BlackBerry, a wallet and $78 were taken. The victim did not require hospitalization; estimated loss was $378. Alex McFarland-Hawkins, 57, of Chicago was charged Aug. 16 with retail theft after taking two gold rings from the display case of Gem, 108 Marion St., police said. A shop employee …
Friday, December 17, 2010
Group exits van, then beats man before fleeing.
Group mugging An Oak Park man was mugged late Wednesday by a group of men who escaped in a gold van, police said. According to a police report, the 18-year-old victim was walking near Washington Boulevard and Cuyler Avenue around 9:40 p.m. when he was approached by five men "who began striking him about the face with closed fists." The group stole the victim's cell phone, then ran into a gold Pontiac van which sped away, police said. The man was taken to Rush Oak Park Hospital with minor injuries. The phone was valued at $110. Robbery An Oak Park woman was victimized while walking in the 400 block of North Harvey Avenue, police said. But the woman, 50, was not touched during the incident, which took place around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday…