I found the CTA Disney World

I found the CTA Disney World

My wallet was stolen on the EL the other day, and running around trying to replace everything has been a giant pain in my ass. Not only are all my credit cards and debit cards gone, I also lost my essential Chicago Card. And it wasn't one of the reloadable ones. It was hooked up to my paycheck so I could use my company's transit program. Needless to say, I'm screwed without it.

I hauled myself down to the CTA headquarters yesterday, expecting to find a soul sucking place of sadness and ebola, similar to what I experienced when I went to the DMV to replace my drivers license. I found a lively building with friendly workers and some pretty cool distractions.

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I almost fell off the escalator when I saw this. I've written posts in the past about the very cool merchandise the CTA has to offer, but these come out of a vending machine!! Suck it, cupcake ATM!!

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This hangs over the atrium when you walk in. If you can't tell, its a combination of the various train lines mooshed to form an image of an EL car. Clever and aesthetically pleasing.

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The Cows on Parade back in the '90s was my favorite street art exhibit.

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If you do find yourself at 500 W Lake, you'll find another similarity between the CTA building and Disney World: Long lines and screaming children. Not everything can be perfect - this is still Chicago.

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