By Rachelle Bowden in News on Aug 9, 2006 11:00PM
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- This week's CTA news: US Cellular customers can make cell phone calls on the trains, everyone can make 911 calls, and we're now able to track buses to try to figure out why the one we're waiting for is so friggin' late! Also, even though more people are using the CTA's services this year, there have been fewer crimes reported.
- At Midway, expect to start having to walk through a "puffer machine" that shoots 37 blasts of air at you to see if you've got any explosives on ya.
- Lowe's is the latest to halt plans for new stores in Chicago after the new "big box" ordinance was approved.
- Within a year you'll be able to call 511 to get info on traffic conditions, road-construction work and mass transit in Illinois.
- Chicago Nurses Unite (or protest the right to)!
- Check out Great Performers of Illinois at Millennium Park from September 6-9. There will be 75 performances that feature a wide array of music including folk, traditional and alternative country, indie rock and blues; square dancing; drumming circles; a noted Abraham Lincoln impersonator; and a yodeling, trick roping cowboy.
- Check out Blockbuster Week at Millennium Park from September 9 - 14. There will be free performances by the Lyric Opera, Steppenwolf, and The Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
"Would You Take Your Car Here?" via ChicagoEye.