The city finished its three-year rehabilitation of the Red Line’s Grand/State station on time in December. And Mayor Rahm Emanuel made it official at a press conference Tuesday at the busy River North station.
It took about $74 million and various detours and traffic configurations at Grand and State, but the wait was worth it, as these photos show.
But I do have one criticism: There are only three entrances from the four corners. The southeast corner has an up escalator only from the mezzanine level. As if that’s not bad enough, the entrance at the northeast corner is recessed into the building housing the Weber Grill restaurant. So it’s hard to see it.
I see this being a real problem for the swarms of Cubs fan-tourists migrating from Michigan Avenue: Those coming from the southeast have to cross State Street to enter the station. And if they are coming from the north, tourists may totally miss the recessed entrance. The problem on both sides of the street is that the sidewalk is not wide enough to accommodate the station opening.