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January 8, 2013 | By Jim Walsh @jxwalsh and RedEye
Wendy's is handing out free Frostys in Chicago next week. Where: Union Station When: from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday while supplies last The chain recently expanded its value menu to include up to 18 different menu items, including the malted concoction. It will mark the rollout with the giveaway, which will include a game where participants can pick their favorite value combinations for a chance to become what the restaurant calls a "virtual spokesperson. " According to a news release, "The customer's Facebook profile picture and name may appear with their menu selections on...
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September 25, 2013 | By Ryan Smith, @ryansmithwriter and For RedEye
Admitting that I'm an Amtrak travel junkie often elicits a shocked double take. Even to CTA users who regularly ride trains of the city variety, the notion of a long-distance trip via rail sounds hopelessly antiquated - as if I were some chap out of a Charles Dickens novel forced to decide between a train, a horse and buggy or a hot air balloon. Yes, I have been made quite aware of the inventions of the automobile and the airplane, but I usually opt instead for a trusty, 19th-century mode of transportation.
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ENTERTAINMENT
September 4, 2013 | By Courtney Jacquin @courtneyjacquin and RedEye
There's no doubt you've taken a train to a performance before, but has the train ever brought the performance to you? Public art project Station to Station is stopping at Union Station on Sept. 10 with a mix of live music and art installations. Local performers White Mystery and Theaster Gates' Black Monks of Mississippi will be joined by No Age and Caught on Tape, Thurston Moore and John Moloney's collaboration. Artist Doug Aiken organized the three-week-long event, creating specific events along each stop on the route with work from a slew of...
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September 4, 2013 | By Courtney Jacquin @courtneyjacquin and RedEye
There's no doubt you've taken a train to a performance before, but has the train ever brought the performance to you? Public art project Station to Station is stopping at Union Station on Sept. 10 with a mix of live music and art installations. Local performers White Mystery and Theaster Gates' Black Monks of Mississippi will be joined by No Age and Caught on Tape, Thurston Moore and John Moloney's collaboration. Artist Doug Aiken organized the three-week-long event, creating specific events along each stop on the route with work from a slew of...
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March 1, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz @tracyswartz and RedEye
Miller Lite is offering free shuttle rides for the St. Patrick's Day festivities. For the South Side Irish Parade, shuttles will run from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. March 10. The next weekend, shuttles will operate between the Loop, Old Town, Wrigleyville, River North, Lincoln Park, Union Station and the Ogilvie Transportation Center. Shuttles will run from 9 a.m. March 16 until midnight March 17 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 17. Miller Lite used to run free shuttles for the winter holidays until last year, when it sponsored the CTA's penny rides on New Year's Eve program.
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September 26, 2012 | Matt Lindner, @mattlindner and For RedEye
With thousands expected to converge on the Chicagoland area this weekend, Ryder Cup officials are encouraging fans to take a cue from the Quad City DJs and come on, ride the train, choo choo. All the way to Medinah, that is. To help offset the expected increase ridership on the Milwaukee District West Line which services Medinah, Metra spokesman Jim Bonastalli said additional trains will be offered mornings throughout the tournament. "Ridership is always real fluid, but we certainly have seen a bump in on/off...
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July 9, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz and RedEye
Woe is the Blue Line. While other transit lines are seeing upgrades or fancy new rail cars, the Blue Line - which is often the first impression for some travelers to Chicago - is stuck in the Dark Ages. Stations along the northern section of the Red Line are currently undergoing renovation, while the southern portion of the Red Line will see an overhaul next year. Meanwhile, the new 5000-series rail cars with the aisle-facing seats are now on the Green and Pink Lines. Comparatively, it's not smooth sailing on the Blue Line, which has seen a...
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November 26, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz @tracyswartz and RedEye
About a quarter of a million travelers were expected to pass through O'Hare on Sunday as the holiday weekend drew to a close. It's days like those that will be a windfall for the CTA next year - but more expensive for some Chicagoans and their families. The agency last week proposed CTA riders pay $5 to hop on the Blue Line from O'Hare. Riders with 30-day passes and other unlimited cards would be exempt from this surcharge, but passengers who pay per ride, either through Chicago Cards or fare cards preloaded with cash, would have to pony up the extra $2.75.
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June 26, 2013 | By Ryan Smith, @RyanSmithWriter and For RedEye
Those wandering into Chicago's Union Station expecting trains might be surprised to find themselves deciding on a canoe instead. Well, sort of. Renowned 3D street artist Kurt Wenner took to Union Station's Great Hall (500 W. Jackson Blvd.) at 7 a.m. today to spend the morning creating his latest art installation--an enormous representation of the Colorado River measuring 32 feet by 64 feet that will be on display until 6 p.m. tonight. The plan initially called for the art to be placed at Pioneer Court on Michigan Avenue just south of the...
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May 1, 2013 | By Julia Borcherts @Julia Borcherts and For RedEye
EAT Limited-Edition Burger 25 Degrees 736 N. Clark St. 312-943-9700 National Barbecue Month and National Burger Month both happen in May and you can celebrate the two at once with the BBQ Brisket Burger (barbecued brisket, sirloin patty, Cardona goat cheese, crispy onions, pickles, arugula and pineapple barbecue sauce; $12). Partial proceeds benefit the Greater Chicago Food Depository. 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Through May 31. Tapas Party Tavernita 151 W. Erie St. 312-274-1111 Shake off post-office stress with the debut of...
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June 26, 2013 | By Ryan Smith, @RyanSmithWriter and For RedEye
Those wandering into Chicago's Union Station expecting trains might be surprised to find themselves deciding on a canoe instead. Well, sort of. Renowned 3D street artist Kurt Wenner took to Union Station's Great Hall (500 W. Jackson Blvd.) at 7 a.m. today to spend the morning creating his latest art installation--an enormous representation of the Colorado River measuring 32 feet by 64 feet that will be on display until 6 p.m. tonight. The plan initially called for the art to be placed at Pioneer Court on Michigan Avenue just south of the Tribune Tower, but predictions of severe weather...
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May 1, 2013 | By Julia Borcherts @Julia Borcherts and For RedEye
EAT Limited-Edition Burger 25 Degrees 736 N. Clark St. 312-943-9700 National Barbecue Month and National Burger Month both happen in May and you can celebrate the two at once with the BBQ Brisket Burger (barbecued brisket, sirloin patty, Cardona goat cheese, crispy onions, pickles, arugula and pineapple barbecue sauce; $12). Partial proceeds benefit the Greater Chicago Food Depository. 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Through May 31. Tapas Party Tavernita 151 W. Erie St. 312-274-1111 Shake off post-office stress with the debut of...
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March 1, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz @tracyswartz and RedEye
Miller Lite is offering free shuttle rides for the St. Patrick's Day festivities. For the South Side Irish Parade, shuttles will run from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. March 10. The next weekend, shuttles will operate between the Loop, Old Town, Wrigleyville, River North, Lincoln Park, Union Station and the Ogilvie Transportation Center. Shuttles will run from 9 a.m. March 16 until midnight March 17 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 17. Miller Lite used to run free shuttles for the winter holidays until last year, when it sponsored the CTA's penny...
NEWS
January 8, 2013 | By Jim Walsh @jxwalsh and RedEye
Wendy's is handing out free Frostys in Chicago next week. Where: Union Station When: from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday while supplies last The chain recently expanded its value menu to include up to 18 different menu items, including the malted concoction. It will mark the rollout with the giveaway, which will include a game where participants can pick their favorite value combinations for a chance to become what the restaurant calls a "virtual spokesperson. " According to a news release, "The customer's Facebook profile picture and...
NEWS
December 3, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
Bears fans, prepare to be stunned. Again. You're about to lose a perk that made it cheap to travel to Soldier Field. As part of the fare hikes the CTA proposed last month to close its budget shortfall, the agency wants to increase the round-trip fare of the No. 128 Soldier Field Express from $2 to $5. Under the current system, Bears fans can pay $1 to take a bus from the Ogilvie Transportation Center and Union Station to Soldier Field. The $5 roundtrip to Soldier Field is more than the cost of a regular bus round-trip ride, which is $4 if...
NEWS
November 26, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz @tracyswartz and RedEye
About a quarter of a million travelers were expected to pass through O'Hare on Sunday as the holiday weekend drew to a close. It's days like those that will be a windfall for the CTA next year - but more expensive for some Chicagoans and their families. The agency last week proposed CTA riders pay $5 to hop on the Blue Line from O'Hare. Riders with 30-day passes and other unlimited cards would be exempt from this surcharge, but passengers who pay per ride, either through Chicago Cards or fare cards preloaded with cash, would have to pony up...
NEWS
December 3, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
Bears fans, prepare to be stunned. Again. You're about to lose a perk that made it cheap to travel to Soldier Field. As part of the fare hikes the CTA proposed last month to close its budget shortfall, the agency wants to increase the round-trip fare of the No. 128 Soldier Field Express from $2 to $5. Under the current system, Bears fans can pay $1 to take a bus from the Ogilvie Transportation Center and Union Station to Soldier Field. The $5 roundtrip to Soldier Field is more than the cost of a regular bus round-trip ride, which is $4 if the rider uses a transit card and...
NEWS
April 9, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz, RedEye
Like some Chicago Catholics, Aidan Gillespie of Pilsen performed the Stations of the Cross last week to prepare for Easter - except he did it using CTA stations. Gillespie, 24, said he traveled the length of the CTA rail system to visit 10 churches to reflect and pray about Jesus' crucifixion, which is detailed in the Stations of the Cross. He chronicled his journey on his blog, lstop2.tumblr.com. Along the way he stopped at the Baha'i House of Worship in Wilmette off the Linden Purple Line stop, and St. Therese in Chinatown off the...
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October 29, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
The Chicago Department of Transportation is hosting meetings this week for suggestions on where to place stations for the city's $19 million bike share program, which is expected to launch this spring Chicago, here's your chance to play a role in the city's upcoming bike share project. The Chicago Department of Transportation is hosting meetings this week for suggestions on where to place stations for the city's $19 million bike share program, which is expected to launch in the spring.
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September 26, 2012 | Matt Lindner, @mattlindner and For RedEye
With thousands expected to converge on the Chicagoland area this weekend, Ryder Cup officials are encouraging fans to take a cue from the Quad City DJs and come on, ride the train, choo choo. All the way to Medinah, that is. To help offset the expected increase ridership on the Milwaukee District West Line which services Medinah, Metra spokesman Jim Bonastalli said additional trains will be offered mornings throughout the tournament. "Ridership is always real fluid, but we certainly have seen a bump in on/off...
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