Two unusual new CTA rail vendors: prime ticket reseller, senior services center

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. 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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  • How big is this space CMC is leasing? And how much privacy will its clients get in an L station?

  • In reply to Cheryl:

    I'm sure that the usual shop under an L station.

    Their site indicates that they do chaplain services, patient and family services, etc. for the elderly, so it is probably where the elderly live and not under the L tracks. Their headquarters are on Touhy, and it appears that they need a site near Evanston Hospital to administer to the spiritual needs of patients admitted there.

  • In reply to jack:

    probably cheaper for them to rent a little office space from the CTA than in the professional building next door.

  • In reply to Cheryl:

    Their "drop in senior center" is at their Touhy address.

  • I thought that it would be something really unusual like a reptile shop or a spanking parlor.

  • In reply to eBob:

    A spanking parlor?

  • In reply to Kevin O’Neil:

    Probably more suited 1 or 2 stations south.

  • Diversey, Belmont or Wellington are the best places for a spanking parlor!

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