Why does the train station look like it does?
I’m glad you asked, Jon. And not just because I like having an excuse to look at old pictures. If you look at this picture, everything looks mostly the same, except the billboard doesn’t say WEED WOLF. That’s neat!
Before 1970, Logan Square was the end of the Blue Line, surrounded by a stockyard and the types of businesses that train people patronize (I’m assuming mostly diners?).
In 1970, the Logan Square L stop inherited a number of architecture characteristics common in the 70s, which is why it looks the way it does.
Because Logan Square has a number of buses and a train converging at the same spot, the neighborhood lucked out and got the deluxe station with the tracks running underground through to Jefferson Park. In your face, Montrose!
Then in 1984, the Blue Line, as we know it, was completed by traveling all the way to O’Hare. (This isn’t really relevant, but it took them that long to make the train travel to O’Hare? Get it together!)
Since then, the Logan Square stop has remained unchanged, sitting around for 30 years getting older and cruddier.
In 2000, the station was cleaned up and rehabbed with metal and concrete to keep it from falling over, and a nifty elevator was installed, which I’m assuming smells great.
That pretty much gets us up to date, except for when they sandblasted everything in 2011 and the station was clean for like a week.