Thursday, March 22, 2012

Washington/Wells


Washington/Wells is the first Loop stop of the Brown Line, and the last Loop stop of the Pink and Purple Lines. It's the second-newest stop on the Loop, having been opened in 1995, replacing two former stops- Randolf/Wells to the North, and Madison/Wells, to the South.


You can easily hop on the #124 Navy Pier bus from this stop.

Some attractions off of this station:

Cadillac Palace Theatre: Originally opened in 1926 as the New Palace Theatre, it was built in the inspiration of Fountainebleu and the Palace of Versailles (both found in France). During World War I, the U.S. government was going around to theatres and confiscated their brass in order to melt it down to make ammunition, shells, and other war-items. Instead of complying, the owners of the theatre painted all of its brass white, so that when the government came in, they were tricked into thinking it contained no brass. It was left this way and eventually forgotten until recently when the paint was scraped away and the brass was discovered.

Richard Hunt's Free Form Sculpture:  This sculpture can be found on the NW corner of LaSalle and Randolph on the front of the Illinois State Office Building. The beauty and fluidity of this piece is inspiring, and is another proud component of one of America's largest outdoor galleries. More posts on Chicago's Outdoor Sculpture Walk soon!



City Hall: Chicago City Hall's entrance features four relief panels intricately sculpted in granite by John Flanagan. Each of the panels represents one of four main concerns of city government: playgrounds, schools, parks, and water supply. Entering the building, the first thing you see is the elaborate marble stairways and bronze tablets honoring the past city halls of Chicago from 1837 to the present. Recently, in 2001, beautiful roof gardens were completed serving as a test for the impact green roofs would have on different environmental concerns in urban areas, such as the heat island effect, rainwater runoff, and the effectiveness of differing types of green roofs and plant species for Chicago's climate.

Civic Opera House: This beautiful building has been repeatedly seen as being shaped as a huge chair, and is sometimes referred to as "Insull's Throne". The Civic Opera House, home to the Lyric Opera of Chicago, is one of Chicago's historic landmarks and among the world's most beautiful buildings. Built in 1929 and fully restored in 1996, the Opera House is the second-largest opera auditorium in North America, and has the largest stage in downtown Chicago.

Oglivie Transportation Center: Three blocks away from Washington/Wells stop is Oglivie Transportation Center, one of the city's connections to its suburbs and surrounding areas. Oglivie has it's own shopping center and food court, and is accessible both by this station, and the Green and Pink Lines at Clinton.


Next stop of the Loop is Quincy.

Back to the Loop.

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