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April 24, 2014 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
Throwback Saturday! The CTA announced it will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Yellow Line on Saturday with rides on two train cars from the 1920s. The event will be held at 11 a.m. at the Oakton-Skokie stop, 4800 Oakton St. For $2.25, attendees can ride 4000-series train cars built in 1923 and nicknamed the "plushies" because of their green plush seats, the CTA said. The cars also feature wooden roofs, interior mahogany trim, electric fans, lights with glass lampshades and porcelain handholds for riders who stand.
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April 24, 2014 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
Throwback Saturday! The CTA announced it will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Yellow Line on Saturday with rides on two train cars from the 1920s. The event will be held at 11 a.m. at the Oakton-Skokie stop, 4800 Oakton St. For $2.25, attendees can ride 4000-series train cars built in 1923 and nicknamed the "plushies" because of their green plush seats, the CTA said. The cars also feature wooden roofs, interior mahogany trim, electric fans, lights with glass lampshades and porcelain handholds for riders who stand.
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November 13, 2011 | By Tracy Swartz and RedEye
The CTA has released its schedule for the holiday train, which features decorated train cars. The train typically operates from about 1-8 p.m. on weekends and 3-7 p.m. on select weekdays. The train will run on the: > > Green Line: November 25, 26 and 30 > > Orange and Brown Lines: December 1-3 > > Pink Line: December 7 > > Blue Line: December 8-10 > > Red Line- December 14, 16, 17 and 20 > > Purple Line: December 15, 17 and 21 > > Yellow Line: December 22
ENTERTAINMENT
March 4, 2014 | By Michael Nagrant, @MichaelNagrant and For RedEye
"'Oysters' is the inviting sign on a basement saloon at the corner of Wabash avenue and Twenty-second street. Mr. George H. Smith is its proprietor. And daily between midnight and cockcrow, there come sounds of revelry there-from bearing testimony to the quality of oysters and the abundance of the cheer. " - From "Oysters and Wine at 2 A. M.," Chicago Daily Tribune, Dec. 4, 1888 With the advent of ice-bearing "refrigerated" train cars rolling in to Chicago in 1852, oysters arrived by the barrel.
NEWS
August 13, 2013 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
Two men were arrested Monday for committing a separate set of robberies on the Blue Line CTA train line, county prosecutors said. Kenneth Brown, 20, of Harvey, Ill., allegedly stole a backpack from a 50-year-old man near the Clinton Blue Line station early Monday morning, while he and a group of teenagers used the emergency doors to travel the length of an operating train. Brown got into an altercation with one passenger, prosecutors said, who was riding the train with a bicycle that partially blocked the aisles.
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December 12, 2013 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
Want to buy a CTA train car?  It's possible, thanks to an online auction that went live today featuring memorabilia and equipment from the Chicago Transit Authority.  Rick Levin, president of auction house Levin and Associates, said this is the first time the CTA has auctioned off memorabilia to the public. Items in the auction include vintage signage, token counters, bus driver seats and even an entire 2200 series rail car.  "You can be the first kid on your block not to just have a toy train set, but...
ENTERTAINMENT
March 4, 2014 | By Michael Nagrant, @MichaelNagrant and For RedEye
"'Oysters' is the inviting sign on a basement saloon at the corner of Wabash avenue and Twenty-second street. Mr. George H. Smith is its proprietor. And daily between midnight and cockcrow, there come sounds of revelry there-from bearing testimony to the quality of oysters and the abundance of the cheer. " - From "Oysters and Wine at 2 A. M.," Chicago Daily Tribune, Dec. 4, 1888 With the advent of ice-bearing "refrigerated" train cars rolling in to Chicago in 1852, oysters arrived by the barrel.
NEWS
April 9, 2014 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
Forget the Green Line. There's a new "L" on the West Side. Event Creative, a Chicago event design and production agency, fashioned an "L" system for a U.S. Travel Association event this week at Cinespace Chicago Film Studios in North Lawndale. More than 20 Event Creative employees worked to handcraft the track and the rail ties. They shaped two 20-foot-long rail cars that were used for a video display of Chicago attractions, said Melissa Kirby, vice president of design and new business for Event Creative.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 20, 2012 | By Julia Borcherts, @JuliaBorcherts for RedEye
EAT SMOKE SIGNALS Moonshine Brewing Company 1824 W. Division St. 773-862-8686 Two tons of ribs make an appearance at the Rib-a-Que Smokeout, where a dozen professional and amateur chefs throw down with old family recipes and new culinary tricks and you get to sample them all. Two winners - one determined by a celebrity foodie judging panel; the other by audience vote - take home cash prizes and a Gilded Grill trophy. Noon-6 p.m. Saturday. $25-$35. Tickets: ticketweb.com.
NEWS
February 18, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz, RedEye
CTA riders, this is not the way to ring in the new year. Chicago police issued two separate alerts last week warning riders about recent cellphone thefts on the Red and Pink lines. Police said a group of men have been snatching electronic devices from riders on trains and platforms between 55th and 95th Streets on the Red Line since early this year. This weekend, police released a photo of a suspect they say has been using a gun to rob riders of their cellphones on the Pink Line since late last month.
NEWS
December 12, 2013 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
Want to buy a CTA train car?  It's possible, thanks to an online auction that went live today featuring memorabilia and equipment from the Chicago Transit Authority.  Rick Levin, president of auction house Levin and Associates, said this is the first time the CTA has auctioned off memorabilia to the public. Items in the auction include vintage signage, token counters, bus driver seats and even an entire 2200 series rail car.  "You can be the first kid on your block not to just have a toy train set, but a full-size train," Levin said.  The auction began...
NEWS
August 13, 2013 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
Two men were arrested Monday for committing a separate set of robberies on the Blue Line CTA train line, county prosecutors said. Kenneth Brown, 20, of Harvey, Ill., allegedly stole a backpack from a 50-year-old man near the Clinton Blue Line station early Monday morning, while he and a group of teenagers used the emergency doors to travel the length of an operating train. Brown got into an altercation with one passenger, prosecutors said, who was riding the train with a bicycle that partially blocked the aisles.
NEWS
November 13, 2011 | By Tracy Swartz and RedEye
The CTA has released its schedule for the holiday train, which features decorated train cars. The train typically operates from about 1-8 p.m. on weekends and 3-7 p.m. on select weekdays. The train will run on the: > > Green Line: November 25, 26 and 30 > > Orange and Brown Lines: December 1-3 > > Pink Line: December 7 > > Blue Line: December 8-10 > > Red Line- December 14, 16, 17 and 20 > > Purple Line: December 15, 17 and 21 > > Yellow Line: December 22
NEWS
May 20, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
A good sign: The CTA learned its lesson from past projects and updated much of the signage for the southern Red Line reconstruction project, making it easier for riders to commute on Monday, the first weekday of the five-month initiative. The CTA replaced maps in its train cars to reflect the nine South Side stations not in service during the track overhaul project, which formally launched Sunday, and the corresponding shuttle bus pickups. Train tracker and trains themselves were properly labeled with their destination.
NEWS
May 22, 2014 | By Ryan Smith and For RedEye
Set in a hyper-connected modern-day Chicago, "Watch Dogs" is full of virtual versions of real places. Between shootouts and car chases, gamers can even check in to and learn about more than 100 hot spots throughout the city, Foursquare-style.But did Canadian developer Ubisoft Montreal do Chicago justice? RedEye grabbed a controller to play watchdog on "Watch Dogs. " The Loop Willis Tower, check. Streets named for dead presidents, check. Minor quibbles aside (The Bean looks more like a giant, yogurt-covered raisin)
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