After shuffling down the driveway and through the middle of the street to avoid slipping on the ice, I was greeted by this glorious sight at the Fairview Avenue Metra Station one morning this month. This was one of the early mornings moments that I was able to enjoy the Winter instead of just keeping my head down and trying to survive the day.
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I go through Union Station everyday that I'm downtown for work, but I very rarely go through the Great Hall. Most of Union Station is gross, but it is slowly improving - starting with the unveiling of the renovation to the Great Hall. I took this photo last week showing off the new (costly!) skylight and you can see a little bit of scaffolding in the upper reaches of the Hall. From the Tribune : Union Station’s Great Hall, a stopping point for millions of travelers since 1925, is a lot brighter this holiday season, thanks to a $22 million renovation of its skylight and decorative walls and ceiling. The centerpiece of the Great Hall is the 219-foot-long skylight rising 115 feet above the floor. For almost a year, the skylight has been obscured by a suspended working deck as Berglund Construction and architect Goettsch Partners repaired it and added another modern, protective skylight 5 feet above the original. Natural light in the Great Hall has now increased by 50 to
I just noticed these two plaques on the Fairview Avenue Metra Station in Downers Grove. The bottom one says 2016, so it has been there for some time. But, perhaps the top one is newish? At least, I've never really noticed it despite walking by it a few times a week. They both mark the same thing: the station as a 'landmark'. I found t his set of minutes from the Village of Downers Grove Village Board that recommended a resolution making the station a "Landmark Designation" . Here below is a closer look at the story in the bottom plaque: If you read closely, you'll see that this isn't the original station, but was built in 1916. I'm a little bit 'get off my lawn' on this landmark status. Have you seen the Fairview Station? Go look at it here in all of it's stucco glory . I love me some old, vintage buildings. But it isn't the original station. And now we've effectively handcuff our government into NOT changi
Over the years, I've posted a series of photos of various, interesting train cars that I've come across on my rides on Metra. The first one was this MTA Metro North car from New York that I saw on the Union Pacific West line in 2012 . Then in 2015, I saw these neat passenger cars from Union Pacific sitting in the Proviso Yard . Today, I'm adding a bunch of interesting cars to the collection here on the blog. And all of these were in one long line sitting in the yard just south of Union Station. They are all passenger cars starting with the two you see at the top: a Pennsylvania passenger car called the "Frank Thomson" and a The Milwaukee Road baggage (I think) car. Here's a closer look at the car from The Milwaukee Road: You can see in the photo above another passenger car with a maroon horizontal strip in line next to The Milwaukee Road baggage car, but I didn't get a better picture of it. Also note that these photos are taken th
Most mornings, I catch the train out of the Fairview Station on the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Metra line. Bordering the south passenger platform, past the station is a Pepperidge Farm factory. And it totally gives off a "Stranger Things" vibe to me. Every morning when I walk past it - and even more on mornings when it is snowing a little bit - I get this very specific Hawkins National Laboratory feeling as I see the trucks moving to/from near the docks. Now, making Goldfish crackers isn't going to open a hole to the upside down. But it doesn't keep me from smiling about it each morning I head there. You might be wondering...why is there a Pepperidge Farm factory there in the first place? Well...it is a place that provides a diverse employee base. And has been there for 65 years . It was selected due to our proximity to Chicago, but there also is this cute little story about how the founder just liked the Village's name: While the
After reading about how the folks at Metra - in between all of their non-stop fare increases and delays - were refurbishing some of their cars with updates like new seats and cupholders back in January , I had been wondering when I'd come across one of them. Welp, the wait is over. Last week, on one of my morning commutes on the Union Pacific West line, I boarded and climbed upstairs like I always do. Only to realize that I was in a refurbished car. Preetay, preetay, preetay nice. Or at least it is more like what you expect a train car in 2016 to actually look like. Check out the sleek blue seats: There's more, including cupholders! But, in the seats I was sitting, there weren't any cupholders. From ABC7's story in January : Most of Metra's passenger cars are feeling the wear and tear of age. A select group of them are being refurbished with a new look and a most-definite new feel. New seats are being installed on 30 Metra passenger cars, giv
For the past threeish years, whenever I missed my train in the city and had to wait around for a bit until the next UP-West Metra train, I usually 'poked' around in the French Market at Olgivie in the lower level. I've bought and brought home various foodstuffs from the stands there, but recently I came across this place that was new to me: Aloha Poke Co. Based on the line waiting for their Poke, it must be pretty great stuff. I sent Nat this photo and she's already put her order in for takeout one night. Have to time it *just right* to hit this place after the lunch crowd and before the rush hour crowd so there isn't a huge line.