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The CTA Wilson Stop Has A Bright, New Stationhouse; Take A Look At Its Vintage Past

By Stephen Gossett in News on Sep 20, 2017 2:55PM

As Uptown commuters have already noticed, the bright, new main stationhouse of the CTA Wilson Red Line stop is officially open for business, as of this morning. One of the major features of the stop's multimillion-dollar reconstruction, the new station brings elevator and escalator service, wider platforms, and new canopies with better coverage against weather, among other upgrades.

We're excited for the new opening or another reason: it gives us a hook to jump into the blast-from-the-past portal and take a peek at some vintage shots, which the transit department has been doing a great job of making available in general.

Check out a few historical artifacts above, dating between 1923 and 1959, the year of another track reconstruction. You can even catch a glimpse of an ad for the "Hotel for Men" in one shot, which is back in the headlines decades later.

The CTA also shared a video that features vintage photographs of the station, which give way to dramatic drone images of the modern upgrade. Take a look and enjoy the transition.

And here's a standalone shot of the new stationhouse.