This week, the Chicago Tribune reported that the CTA plans to renovate the Illinois Medical District blue line stop that serves four of the city’s major hospitals just west of the South Loop and University Village. The CTA stop serves over a million visitors each year but has not had a major renovation since it was built in 1958, according to the article. It goes on to say, “The project includes upgrading station-to-platform ramps at Damen Avenue and Paulina Street, and the Paulina entrance will get a wheelchair-accessible gate.” Other elements the CTA has planed include will include improved station and platform lighting, installation of new security cameras, new bus and train tracker displays, and improvements to the station canopy. This is all in addition to a significant facelift of the Ogden station. The project is expected to be completed in 2017 and will be funded with TIF money.
The Illinois Medical District is located between Ashland and Western and between Lake St and 15th Street. It is home to Rush Hospital, Stroger Hospital, the Jesse Brown VA, the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System and Malcolm X College. It also home to the now-abandoned Cook County Hospital, which is a stunning Beaux Arts gem that preservationists have been trying to save. It appears they may have succeeded, with the Cook County Board approving a development plan in April that would convert the building into apartments, shops and a hotel.
*Photo courtesy of Flickr user John Greenfield.
File: Illinois Medical District blue line