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Chicago Blackhawks Sci-Fi Part VI: Next 10 Years (Part II)

By Tim Lively
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Jun 8, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks fan Ray Alcala (right) holds a replica Stanley Cup as he arrives before game three of the 2015 Stanley Cup Final against the Tampa Bay Lightning at United Center. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

2022 – There Is Finally An “L” Stop At The United Center

Anyone who has ever sat in game-day traffic on Madison Avenue, either in a car or bus, has no doubt looked up at those Pink Line “L” tracks running right over the parking lots on the east side of the United Center and shaken their heads in disbelief. What a tease! An “L” station there would practically drop you off on the doorstep of the Madhouse on Madison!

Since its construction, the area surrounding the United Center has been too sparsely populated to warrant the construction of a new “L” station near the stadium. However, thanks to the Blackhawks’ success, this rationale may no longer hold water.

While it has continued to grow and develop like most Chicago neighborhoods, any restaurant proprietor on Madison Avenue will tell you the Blackhawks’ success has provided an extra boon to the West Loop’s development. This will only be further augmented with the completion of the United Center office and practice facility (as discussed in Part I).

All this adds up to the United Center and its surrounding West Loop neighborhood becoming more than just a game-day destination, which means a sharp increase in residents and patrons, which means a higher volume of commuters, which means there will be a far more pressing need to alleviate the traffic density on Madison Avenue, and building an additional “L” stop for the Pink Line at the United Center will prove to be the simplest and most immediate option.

Coming up in Part III: Years 2023 – 2025


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