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CTA to host concert series outside of El stops in June

Written by
Andrew Morrell

Your evening commute during the second and third weeks of June is going to be way more interesting. Thanks to the Old Town School of Folk Music, a host of traditional musicians will descend upon 40 CTA stations around the city, playing the music that represents the patchwork of international communities around Chicago.

Dubbed "Iron Heart Chicago," the idea of the project is to transform the daily commute into a "cultural experience." Blues, Irish folk, mariachi and traditional Chinese music are just a few of the sounds that will be heard during the full run of the series. The best part: You don't even need a train ticket. Performers will be stationed on specially built stages at ground level outside the El stops, so anyone passing by can pause and enjoy them.

Iron Heart will run between 4 and 6pm from June 10 to June 17. For a full list of performer info and schedules, visit

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