It could have been me
thanking my South Loop lucky stars
05/03/2012 11:34 AM
The news was pretty scary the last few days for South Loopers like me: rail lovers and gallery goers.
As a member of the 20th Century Railroad Club, it could have been me and my group that boarded a vintage "L" a few days ago for one of those all-day Chicago sightseeing tours along the whole rapid transit system. In case you haven't heard, a rail buff group did board the historical train and by late morning, were disembarking a derailed train just south of Roosevelt along the Green Line tracks. Needless to say, they all loved the adventure. It couldn't have happened to a more appreciative group. You can read about their adventure here, here, here, here and here. No injuries reported, thank goodness.
Yesterday, there was a serious situation that developed at Columbia's A + D Gallery--an art gallery I often frequent alone, with family and also with my First Year Seminar students--at 619 S. Wabash. A student helping mount the latest show got hit in the head with a falling moveable wall and had to be hospitalized. Her mishap was all over the news--and you can read all about it here, here, here, here, and here.
But both instances sure hit home. And it reminded me that it wasn't that long ago that another duo of mishaps hit right outside my door; a derailed Red Line train at the Roosevelt Station. And a busted gas line under the viaduct of the St. Charles Airline tracks on State Street between 15th and 16th Streets. It's getting to be a jungle out there.