(CBS) — Just in time for next weekend’s Chicago Auto Show, the CTA is opening its new Cermak-McCormick Place Green Line station.
The station, at 13 E. Cermak Rd., will be impossible to miss, thanks to the distinctive tube-shaped canopy that encloses the platform. CTA spokesman Brian Steele said there has been no station on the Green Line between Roosevelt and the 35th/IIT-Bronzeville station since the 1970s.
When McCormick Place first opened in 1960, CTA tried to attract conventioneers into using the original, 1890s-vintage Cermak station, but it failed to gain traction. By the late 1960s, patronage dwindled and by the mid-1970s CTA restricted boarding to weekday rush hours, effectively killing it as a transit option. The original station closed in September 1977 and was torn down.