The Orange Line runs from Chicago Midway International Airport, through the Southwest Side, and around the Loop. It serves almost 60,000 Chicago-ians a day during the week, and the neighborhoods Archer Park, Gage Park, Back of the Yards, McKinley Park, Bridgeport and Downtown.
MIDWAY: The Midway stop of the Orange Line drops you off in the Chicago Midway International Airport. It serves both the airport and Toyota Park, the soccer-specific stadium located just a bus ride away. Toyota Park is home of the Chicago Fire Soccer Club of Major League Soccer, the Chicago Fire Premier, the Chicago Machine of Major League LaCrosse, and the Chicago Red Stars of Women's Professional Soccer.
PULASKI: The Pulaski stop of the Orange Line is right down the street from Curie Park, with an indoor pool, tennis courts, basketball courts, fieldhouses and volleyball courts.
Across the street from Curie Park is The Polish Highlanders Alliance of North America. The Polish Highlanders Alliance of America was founded in 1929 in Chicago as an organization that unites all other Góral organizations in the United States. Most of Chicago's Góral community is concentrated in this area, where the headquarters, also known as the 'Highlander Home' is located. The Gorale ("literally "highlanders") are a group of indigenous people found along southern Poland, northern Slovakia, and in the region of Cieszyn Silesia in the Czech Republic. The building is built in a special Zakopane Style of architecture,
WESTERN: Western station of the Orange Line is surrounded by churches and parks. St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church and Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church are just west of the stop, both made in the resemblance of the "Polish-cathedrals".
There are a ton of parks around this stop. Oakley and Micek Parks are the smallest, with a playground, and basketball courts. Cornell Park has both a climbing and water playground. Gage Park, a 29 acre park with handball, tennis, basketball and baseball courts, and a football and soccer grass and turf fields. Sherman Park is 60 acres, with tennis, basketball, baseball, football, soccer, and volleyball courts. It also has a regular and water playground, an outdoor pool and a gymnasium.
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ASHLAND: The Orange Line Ashland station drops you off in Bridgeport, just east of the beautiful St. Mary's.
St. Mary of Pepetual Help Roman Catholic Church is a church designed by Henry Engelbert in a Romanesque-Byzantine style, was completed in 1889. The architecture is magnificent.
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HALSTED: Underneath the Halsted stop of the Orange Line is Mangia Fresca, an Italian Eatery that is overflowing with beautiful, delicious make-your-own pastas, pizzas, paninis and sandwiches. Most of their menu items are under $7.00 each! Check out the video below to see how they hand-make their food!
Halsted station is located in Bridgeport. Although the Irish are Bridgeport's oldest and arguably most famous ethnic group, Bridgeport has also been home to a large number of other groups. Many Lithuanian-Americans settled along Lituanica Avenue, which runs between 31st Street and 38th Place one block west of Halsted Street in what was once called "Lithuanian Downtown" and the center of Lithuanian settlement in Chicago . Today, there are also large numbers of first and second generation Mexican-Americans and Chinese-American who, like the Irish immigrants of the 19th century, have settled in the Bridgeport area due to its affordable housing and proximity to their work.
Also off of this stop is St. Barbara Parish, Henry Palmisano Park (a walking park with paths and trails), and McGuane Park (indoor pool, basketball, baseball and tennis courts, and playgrounds).
ROOSEVELT: The Roosevelt Station is the closest "El" station to Soldier Field, and the Museum campus, including the Field Museum of Natural History, Shedd Aquarium, and Adler Planetarium. You can transfer to the Red and Green Lines here.