|Photo by Patrick Pyszka/City of Chicago|
From Ald. Cappleman's Monday newsletter:
"The day has arrived that we've been waiting for since the 2011 announcement of a new $203 million Wilson L Station: The official ribbon cutting for the station, which is now ADA-compliant and is also a Red and Purple line stop.
The beautiful work of international artist Cecil Balmond was unveiled as well. Cecil's goal was to incorporate the neighborhood's history and create an abstract, Art Deco piece to announce to passengers that they are entering and leaving one of the most unique neighborhoods in Chicago.
Last week, the DIVVY bike station previously located on the northeast corner of Broadway and Wilson was moved to the west side of the new L station, closer to where it had been located before construction began. The relocation allows transit riders, and especially Truman College students, to easily use the DIVVY bikes.
The countless construction meetings--for planning, for the community and for businesses---are over, along with all the disruptions and noise that you have experienced. We can now enjoy a beautiful station for the next 100 years.
Thank you for your patience over the years with this project. The results have already been worth it: We have a host of new restaurants, coffee shops, and residential developments that have come into the area, attracted by the new station.
I especially want to join Uptown United in thanking all the local businesses for their patience during these years of construction. Please make sure to shop on the 4600 block of Broadway to show these businesses how important they are to the vibrancy of our community."