The Chicago ‘L’

When visiting a city, I try to find and capture its charm or character. In Chicago it struck me the second day. We were walking along the Chicago River and I noticed that the street next to us had several levels. Wacker Drive is actually a double-decked, at times even triple-decked, street. It is part of a whole system of multilevel streets and it gives downtown Chicago a very unique flair.

But these streets are not the only thing elevated in Chicago. The city also has the second-oldest rapid transit system and it just so happens that parts of it are elevated. The ‘L’, as it is often called, has become one of the symbols of the city and has helped to shape downtown Chicago into what it is today.

While walking down a street, I came across the part of the train system pictured above. Since the train is turning a corner, it was a perfect opportunity to take a picture and capture it in action.

If you want to experience the ‘L’ but have nowhere to go, ride the Brown Line through the loop and across the Chicago River. It gives you a nice idea of traveling above street level and you also get to see a number of the bridges from a nice vantage point.

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~ by tripgalleries on May 5, 2009.

6 Responses to “The Chicago ‘L’”

  1. Great photograph. Looks like out of a retro spiderman comic.

  2. this is a very nice picture.
    I am going to chicago myself in a few weeks.
    I was wondering if you could tell me the name of this street you were on?
    Was it Wacker Drive ?

    • Hi, I’m glad you liked the picture. It’s at the corner of E. Lake Street and N. Wabash Ave. Hope that helps.
      Have a wonderful time when you go to Chicago. It is such a great city.

  3. ooooh thank you so much that will certainly help me a lot.
    Thanks and keep uploading some more pictures , they all look great!

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