CTA's California Blue Line station to close Thursday for 6-week rehab

California Blue Line riders have just over 24 hours to "enjoy" their beloved station before the CTA shuts it down for a six-week rehab project.

The 1895-vintage California/Milwaukee station house, looking south on October 28, 2003, displays its Queen Anne styling with influences of the Arts and Crafts and Romanesque styles, typical of Metropolitan West Side Elevated stations like Damen and others. Photo by Graham Garfield from chicago-l.org.

The 1895-vintage California/Milwaukee station house, looking south on October 28, 2003, displays its Queen Anne styling with influences of the Arts and Crafts and Romanesque styles, typical of Metropolitan West Side Elevated stations like Damen and others. Photo by Graham Garfield from chicago-l.org.

I use quotes around "enjoy" because the station itself looks every bit of 119 years old - the station was first opened on May 25, 1895. So this rehab is a long time coming.

The station will close at 1 a.m. on Thursday, with the reopening scheduled for Oct. 16. Regular California station users will have to walk or ride the #56 Milwaukee bus to either the adjacent Western or Logan Square stations.

To accommodate customers, the CTA will add more service to the #56 bus route during all service hours on weekdays and weekends. Overnight, customers can connect to Blue Line service via the temporary #N56 California Station Owl route, which will have limited operation, serving only the Logan Square, California and Western stations.

The California station will see substantial improvements to the station house exterior and interior, platform and other station elements.  Work includes structural repairs, painting, new platforms, improved lighting, signage, and new bike racks. The station’s historic features will be preserved and restored. See the CTA website for more rehab details.

Following completion of the work, the Damen station will receive similar structural and cosmetic repairs. It will close for nine week starting Oct. 20, reopening just before Christmas Day.

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  • The subway platforms under Milwaukee and Congress are in much worse condition. The California station house was redone during the renew crew blitz and wasn't so bad. I'll still take the rehab though. I just think the CTA needs to actually fix the subway stations. They're far grungier than other cities.

  • In reply to ibright05:

    By Congress do you mean the LaSalle and Clinton stations? At least the LaSalle station got a paint job and some brighter light bulbs. 'Still looks like a third-world station, but it's not as bad as it used to be.

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