We're used to getting coffee, donuts, sandwiches and newspapers at vendor shops renting in CTA rail stations.
Now for something completely different at Addison on the Red Line and Central on the Purple: a company selling tickets to concerts, sporting events and theater shows, plus a non-profit offering support services such as information, advocacy and social support for senior citizens and the ill and infirmed as well as their family members.
Primetickets.com will set up shop at Addison, where it also will offer concessions year-round in addition to ticket sales.
At the Central location, which is adjacent to Evanston Hospital, Chicago Mezuzah and Mitzvah Campaigns (CMC) will run the non-profit in a space unoccupied for many years.
From the CTA news release:
“A ticket agent booth as well as a social service organization are unique to the CTA,” said CTA President Forrest Claypool. “It is CTA’s goal to find vendors or groups which are as diverse as our customer base.”
These new leases add to the total of 35 new concessions added over the past 24 months. Annual rents will increase by more than $70,000 bringing the total amount of new non-farebox revenues in the last two years to more than $500,000.
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