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Chicago Blackhawks: Pros And Cons To New United Center “L” Train

By Mario Tirabassi
Oct 4, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; A general view outside of the United Center before the preseason game between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Detroit Red Wings. Mandatory Credit: Caylor Arnold-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 4, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; A general view outside of the United Center before the preseason game between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Detroit Red Wings. Mandatory Credit: Caylor Arnold-USA TODAY Sports /
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Oct 4, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; A general view outside of the United Center before the preseason game between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Detroit Red Wings. Mandatory Credit: Caylor Arnold-USA TODAY Sports /

Chicago’s West Side is slated to add a new Green Line stop near the United Center to assist Chicago Blackhawks fans

On Thursday, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced plans for a new Green Line “L” station near the United Center, home of the Chicago Blackhawks and Bulls, on the Near West Side of the city.

The new station, set to be located at Damen Avenue and Lake Street, will fill a mile-and-a-half gap between current Green Line stations along Lake Street at Ashland and California. The new stop will begin construction at the end of 2018 and is scheduled to open in mid-2020.

The new station’s purpose is to provide more adequate service to Chicago’s West Side and to the United Center, but will it provide the kind of transportation boom the city, Blackhawks and Bulls hope for?

Blackhawk Up writers Mario Tirabassi (pros) and Aaron Goldschmidt (cons) discuss the positives and pitfalls to the newly planned “L” station and what it will mean for the United Center crowds of Blackhawks and Bulls fans.

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