Category: Altered states

Geeky CTA map: Chicago Table of "El"-ements

All you chemistry geeks out there will enjoy the Chicago Table of “El”-ements poster offered at the Chicago Tribune Store. The poster shows every current L stop arranged in the shape of the periodic table of elements originally designed by Dmitri Mendeleev. Every ‘El’ement contains the line color, stop name, stop symbol, the grid coordinate... Read more »

Cutler, other Bears players show the way to game via CTA

Embattled Bears quarterback Jay Cutler and four other Bears players can be heard on CTA bus routes near Soldier Field, the Red and Green lines and some other busy bus lines. The announcements from the players — Cutler, tight end Martellus Bennett, linebacker Jared Allen, cornerback Kyle Fuller and offensive lineman Kyle Long — are... Read more »

Taking subway panhandling to its limits in New York

Part of the challenge of a CTA commute is dealing with panhandlers on trains. This video from New York City takes things a little far – humorously. // If You Ride The NYC Subways This Is A Must Watch. Posted by Yea_Mon on Monday, March 23, 2015 —————————– If you like this post, please like... Read more »

Jesse White Tumblers fly high at Rogers Park Back to School Picnic

The Jesse White Tumblers performed at the 49th Ward Back To School Picnic yesterday. Their agility and high-flying skills are phenomenal. —————————– If you like this post, please like my Facebook page, and follow me on Twitter and Instagram. And, never miss a post! Subscribe now to receive CTA Tattler via email. Type your email address... Read more »

Yellow Line mess: Accountability, urgency needed

Last week, the Tribune’s Jon Hilkevitch wrote an in-depth report on the events leading up to the embankment collapse that has closed the Yellow Line since May 17 – about 14 weeks. Hilkevitch made a number of Freedom of Information Act requests for emails between the CTA, the Metropolitan Sanitary District and Walsh Construction, which... Read more »

Let's be a little more courteous to pregnant women, new moms on CTA

Pregnant women and new moms who use the CTA face bigger challenges using public transit than just about any passengers – perhaps more even than wheelchair-bound riders. First, pregnant women face rude CTA passengers who won’t do the decent thing and give up their seat. In its recent courtesy campaign, the CTA included a humorous... Read more »

Let's have a dance party on the CTA like the Aussies

I’ll bet Chicagoans party like the Aussies do here at late-night on the Red Line. But I haven’t seen any similar video yet. Please hit me up if you have any CTA footage with some boogying like this. And gotta love those Aussies! (H/T to Debbie.) // Would you dance? Its people like this that... Read more »

Supercell storm slams Rogers Park; neighbors unite to clear downed trees

Neighbors work together to clear a street.
A fast-moving and vicious supercell thunderstorm pounded Rogers Park Sunday afternoon, shutting down the Red Line from Granville to Howard and leaving downed trees, blocked streets and sidewalks, plus power outages in its wake. It also brought together neighbors in a way that 20-inch blizzards unite us to help each other out of snowy and... Read more »

Eight years is a long time to wait for CTA Red Line

On Tuesday night at the Addison CTA station, the wait times for the next Red Line trains were about 8.5 years. Well, the “next train arrival” sign actually shows the date to be Jan. 1, but photographer Jonathan Rivera says he took this photo Tuesday night. And 4,504,143 minutes is just over 8.5 years. The... Read more »

How my Fitbit has changed my CTA habits

My Fitbit knows that I have been a member since Nov. 4, 2011. It knows that I have taken  17,400,869 steps since then, or just over 11,000 steps a day – and walked 8,568 miles total. What it doesn’t know is my daily machinations to try to take some extra steps. And that includes changing... Read more »