January 16, 2014 |
A play that showcases real-life CTA stories will celebrate its 100th consecutive Saturday show this weekend. "El Stories," a reenactment of interviews with CTA riders, has been performed every Saturday at the Greenhouse Theater in Lincoln Park since March 2012, play spokesman J.D. Ostergaard said. The show was performed several times before then, but not with the consistency it sees now. There have been nearly 150 total performances of the play, which rotates stories every few months.
April 8, 2013 |
The CTA finally got the message that its cell service is spotty, and the agency last week announced it is seeking information on how to improve its mobile network in the subways. Though the change likely will garner a happy reception from many, I'm not 100 percent on board. For years, the CTA has been phoning in its cell service, which has been inconsistent at best in the Red and Blue line tunnels. The coverage needs to be better, but Going Public has some concerns about crime and etiquette.
October 30, 2012 |
A play about the annual CTA holiday train will arrive at a Lakeview theater in November. "El Stories: Holiday Train," based on real-life Chicagoans' experiences with the annual tradition of decking out a CTA train in Christmas decorations, will debut Nov. 24 at the Greenhouse Theater, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. The show will run at 11 p.m., on Saturday nights. Tickets are $15 at greenhousetheater.com. Meanwhile, the CTA said last week it has not yet found a sponsor for the holiday train.
August 13, 2012 |
There hasn't been a tighter red vs. blue matchup since the 2000 presidential election. The Division Blue Line station won an online poll over the Sheridan Red Line station by 11 votes. But more CTA riders e-mailed and tweeted their support for the Sheridan stop. In the end, the winner of Going Public's 2012 Crust Station contest, which dishonors the most disgusting CTA stop, is … the Sheridan Red Line stop in Lakeview. The station was derided by riders for its dirty look and moldy smell.
May 21, 2012 |
Amid all the fanfare and preparations for the NATO summit, the Chicago Department of Transportation quietly opened the Morgan stop in the West Loop on Friday. Green and Pink Line riders can now use the station, under construction since the summer of 2010. There were more workers putting finishing touches on the platform than riders waiting for trains Friday morning when Going Public visited the station, off Morgan and Lake Streets. The stop is the second station the CTA has opened in three weeks after years without new stations.
March 5, 2012 |
Janet Martin loves to add a dash of honey to your commute. The CTA customer service agent greets many Brown Line riders with a "honey" and asks them about their day. If they need help getting to the platform, she's always there with an extra hand. The riders at the Kedzie stop in Albany Park, where Martin works from 6-9:30 a.m., don't just like her. They adore her. In a post last week on everyblock.com , a Chicago neighborhood discussion board, riders heaped praise on Martin, who has worked at the Chicago, Western and Addison stops in the past few years.