Elevate your CTA knowledge with ‘The Loop: The ‘L’ Tracks That Shaped and Saved Chicago’

John Landecker

Elevated railway tracks that encircle the downtown area are surrounded by department store buildings in Chicago, Ill., on Aug. 16, 1948. The L train services the downtown area, known as the Loop. (AP Photo/Edward S. Kitch)

The ‘L’ tracks are an iconic fixture of Chicago’s downtown. But, did you know that the city almost ditched them in the 70s? Luckily, author Patrick T. Reardon has the full history of how the ‘L’ came to be, including the sometimes shady deals that allowed the train system to radically reshape the Windy City.

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