It has been a long six weeks for Logan Square and Humboldt Park residents who rely on the California Blue Line stop as part of their daily commute. The California station has been closed since September 4, while crews have performed a series of renovations on the aging CTA facility, forcing riders to use the nearby Logan Square and Western stations. When the California station opens tomorrow it will sport a newly installed wooden deck on the platform, new LED lighting, a restored station house and new bike racks, among other improvements. The station is scheduled to reopen at 1am tomorrow morning, well before the morning commute begins.
Even if you don't rely on the California stop for daily transportation, its reopening means that you'll once again have easy access to popular Logan Square spots like the Boiler Room, Revolution Brewing, Bang Bang Pie Shop, Emporium Logan Square, Slippery Slope and the recently opened Owen & Alchemy. The stop will also deposit you within walking distance of Q-Tine, the late-night barbecue and poutine restaurant that is scheduled to open at 2339 N Milwaukee Avenue later this fall.
Unfortunately, work on the Blue Line and its stations still isn't complete yet. On October 20, the Damen Blue Line station closes for renovations and isn't scheduled to reopen until December 22. Enjoy the convenience of hopping off a train for Big Star and Stan's Donuts while you still have the chance.