Ground broken on new $60m Chicago Transit Authority station


Ground has been broken on a new $60m Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) station to serve the Green Line at Damen Avenue and Lake Street in the city of Chicago, US.

The groundbreaking ceremony was attended by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Alderman Walter Burnett along with the heads of Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) and CTA.

The Damen station, which is being built by CDOT, will be the fourth new Chicago CTA station being constructed under the Mayor’s watch since 2011.

Upon completion, the station will serve the Kinzie Industrial Corridor, the United Center and surrounding residential area on the Near West Side, including the Chicago Housing Authority’s Villages of Westhaven complex.

The City’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) has selected Wilson to create murals for the Damen and Lake station.

Wilson is working on a series of two-dimensional collages that can help in providing focus on three aspects of the West Side’s history including ethnic migration and cultural representation, architectural style and development and industry and business, said CTA.

Foundation of the new station will be established immediately. Construction on the new station house is expected to start later this year and will be completed in 2021.

Mayor Emanuel said: “Today’s groundbreaking marks another major milestone for the CTA, which brings new jobs and opportunities for Chicago’s residents.

“This new station will be a community anchor, serve those who live and work in the neighborhood and will become a gateway to further usher in economic growth for the Near West Side.”

CDOT Commissioner Rebekah Scheinfeld said: “CDOT is excited to be getting started on the foundation work for the new station.

“This new state-of-the art, multi-modal station features a modern, light-filled design. The station’s location will allow users to seamlessly connect with CTA buses, or to use bike share or walk to nearby destinations.

“And it will support local neighborhood growth and job creation while providing the capacity to serve large crowds attending events at the United Center.”

Since 2011, more than 40 CTA stations were rebuilt or received major renovations, which is more than one-third of the CTA system.


Image: Damen station in Chicago. Photo: Courtesy of Adam Moss/

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