Best moment of unity on the Red Line: When Cubs fans finally get off at Addison

(Here’s a shameless direct steal from Chicago Reader’s Best of Chicago 2012 issue. It’s written by Sam Worley. I couldn’t have said it better. I was reminded of this these past two evenings as I watched train after Red Line train limp into Grand and push off again without me on it, as Cubs fans took over the platform and all eight cars.)

Not many civic experiences are worse than when you’re a CTA regular pitched into a train full of Wrigley-bound Cubs fans: you’re minding your own business—just trying to finish Fifty Shades of Grey or whatever—and there’s not even room to stand, let alone sit, because the car is so packed with besotted blond people who are always shouting to their buddies on the other side of the car. . . . But eventually the hordes alight the train at Addison—and what sweet relief follows! There are seats. A satisfied quiet sweeps the car. . . . (S)omeone else emits a sigh, or a low whistle. The passengers exchange grateful eye contact—you’re all sharing this together. At least for the next five seconds.

Sam Worley

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  • "... so packed with besotted blond people who are always shouting to their buddies on the other side of the car ..."
    +1 for the writer. That's priceless. Really, distance doesn't often seem to be important to those clods. "Marge" can be plenty loud when laughing at a dumb joke from "Trish" just inches away. There's seemingly an entire social class of people who completely lack the ability/awareness to modulate their voices in public places.

  • My thought, which turns out only to be tangential to the piece, is that the Bud Fan cam didn't find too many fans in blue at Sox Park last week. I guess they didn't find the 35-Sox station.

    And I also assumed that (a) drinking was prohibited on the CTA, and (b) the blond people were women trying to have their cleavage shown on the Bud Fan Cam, but the term "buddies" indicates otherwise.

    Also, the people on The Score had a similar remark about riding the Red Line last Sunday, except being forced against some man wearing only chaps.

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