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Old May 3rd, 2009, 05:22 PM   #1
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A tour of Chicago's brown line neighborhoods on a beautiful spring day

With the weather being as gorgeous as it was today, I decided it would be a great day to snap some photos from the different areas located within walking distance of the CTA's brown line. Specifically I focused on areas within about a 4-5 block radius of all eleven stations on the Ravenswood branch of the brown line. Incidentally, these stations were all reconstructed over the last three years to be long enough for 8 car trains and also ADA compliant (with the exception of Western which only had the platforms lengthened as it was already ADA compliant from a renovation in the 80s). The final station reconstruction, Paulina, was just completed one month ago. I started off at Southport and eventually made my way to the very end of the line, Kimball. However in this thread, these photos are presented in reverse order. But enough talk, here they are.

Kimball - Albany Park neighborhood
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Kimball station entrance:
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Kimball yard:
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Kedzie - Albany Park neighborhood
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Francisco - Ravenswood Manor neighborhood
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The station...
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Heading over the north branch of the Chicago River:
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I spy the Sears Tower in its final month before the name change...
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Rockwell - Lincoln Square neighborhood
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Western - Lincoln Square neighborhood
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Damen - Lincoln Square neighborhood
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Ravenswood stop on Metra's Union Pacific North line:
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Montrose - Ravenswood neighborhood
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Beautiful old building located alongside Metra's Union Pacific North tracks between Montrose & Irving Park:
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Irving Park - North Center neighborhood
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Addison
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The view up Lincoln Avenue a few blocks north of Addison Street:
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Sweet! Trader Joes!
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Paulina
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Roscoe Village starts about 4 blocks west-southwest of Paulina, but stretches several blocks further west (so it's not entirely within a 4-5 block radius):
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Southport - Lakeview neighborhood
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Hope you all enjoyed the tour.
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Old May 3rd, 2009, 06:47 PM   #2
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I really enjoyed that tour. Thanks.
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Old May 3rd, 2009, 07:15 PM   #3
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Really interesting tour of Chicago! Makes me want to visit...
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Old May 3rd, 2009, 08:07 PM   #4
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I love threads like these. We need more of these instead of threads that show the same ******* pictures of downtown *insert city*.
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Old May 3rd, 2009, 08:38 PM   #5
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interesting thread!!

can you show us this tour on a map?
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Old May 3rd, 2009, 08:43 PM   #6
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interesting thread!!

can you show us this tour on a map?
yeah that´d be great...
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Old May 3rd, 2009, 08:51 PM   #7
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Kedzie - Albany Park neighborhood
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[Hope you all enjoyed the tour.
i really did... lovely pictures ..
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Old May 3rd, 2009, 08:52 PM   #8
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Nice to see this differend side if Chicago.
Btw, "Francisco" is a kind of weird name for a neighbourhood.
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Old May 3rd, 2009, 08:53 PM   #9
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Nice to see this differend side if Chicago.
Btw, "Francisco" is a kind of weird name for a neighbourhood.
haha...why is that?
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Old May 3rd, 2009, 09:43 PM   #10
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In Brazil, Francisco is a male name, so it sounds weird as a name of a neighborhood.
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Old May 3rd, 2009, 10:02 PM   #11
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nice shots
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Old May 3rd, 2009, 10:12 PM   #12
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Great Thread !!!! Beautiful perspectives and documenting the daily life of an average neighborhood. Amazing architecture by the way !!!
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Old May 3rd, 2009, 11:38 PM   #13
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I really enjoyed your insightful tour. A lot of the architecture, although not always grand, is by no means less interesting and character-filled. Judging by these selected pics it seems like the 'idyllic' North American suburban environment (leafy, attractive neighbourhoods and streetscapes, good and well-maintained public transport, street-life, multicultural etc). Great effort.

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Old May 4th, 2009, 01:15 AM   #14
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Great job capturing the character of the Brown Line hoods Aaron W

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interesting thread!!

can you show us this tour on a map?
Try this......

http://maps.live.com/default.aspx?v=...!730&encType=1
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Old May 4th, 2009, 01:42 AM   #15
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Whoa!!! What a great group of neighborhoods I rarely see on here. George isn't Albany Park your neighborhood? Thanks for the tour Aaron I loved it.
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Old May 4th, 2009, 08:45 AM   #16
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Interesting, I'm shocked at how suburban it looks! I'm also surprised by the number of level crossings on the brown line - I expected them to be grade separated!

Other than that, the pictures are very good and I enjoyed looking at them all - thank you!
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Old May 4th, 2009, 07:04 PM   #17
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Interesting and very nice Chicago photos
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Lovely photos, waiting for another quality pics/tour
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what a lovely group of neighborhoods each so urban and clean
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Old May 5th, 2009, 07:46 PM   #20
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Lovely pictures, Aaron W.

I spent that whole day indoors at a show. What was I thinking?
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