Monday, May 13, 2013
Expanded café, façade construction, a new clock, more in store for the train depot on Miner Street in Des Plaines, according to city documents.
The downtown Des Plaines area will have a new look before the end of the year, and the Metra train depot is included in the comprehensive plan. Des Plaines City Council approved awarding a bid of almost a half-million dollars to remodel the train depot at a meeting on May 6. New doors, windows, an expanded café area, a clock in the center, changes to the façade and more are planned for the Metra depot, according to city documents. The work will be completed this construction season, by the fall, in conjunction with the extensive streetscape construction currently underway in the downtown area, said Michael Bartholomew, city manager, in an interview with Patch. “I think this is an exciting space,” Bartholomew said. “When you go up and down …
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Additional crossing gates would prevent commuters from wandering onto the railroad tracks on Pearson Street, said a Des Plaines resident who witnessed a fatal train and pedestrian crash on Tuesday.
Additional safety precautions are necessary at a Des Plaines railroad crossing, a Des Plaines resident said after seeing a commuter hit by a train on Tuesday morning. Tim Lally, of Des Plaines, had just arrived for a train he usually takes to Chicago a short time before 7:30 a.m. when what Lally described as an accident occurred. Lally, a software trainer, and his neighbor stood on the sidewalk on the southwest side of the railroad tracks at Pearson and Ellinwood streets, behind activated crossing gates, as an express train to Chicago not scheduled to stop in Des Plaines approached the depot. A man standing on the center platform had been speaking with an elderly woman before turning away from her and walking southeast onto Pearson Street…
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
It was not clear to one eyewitness whether the man walked or jumped into an oncoming Metra train.
A train passing through Des Plaines Tuesday morning killed one person, and the incident is being investigated by Des Plaines police, according to Metra. The train that struck the man was traveling on the center track, stated Meg Reile, spokesperson for Metra, and was an express train that was not scheduled to stop in Des Plaines. Related: Eyewitness: Fatality Near Des Plaines Metra Depot Was An Accident Reile stated Metra trains were stopped for approximately two hours as a result of the incicent. “Other than that, we have no official information regarding the person or the exact circumstances involved in this fatality,” Reile stated. Des Plaines Police Chief William Kushner said the crash occurred at approximately 7:30 a.m., and the …
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
The City of Des Plaines will seek bids to renovate the Metra depot, TribLocal reported.
Tuesday, February 12
A new coffee shop may open at the Des Plaines Metra depot, TribLocal reported. The city will seek bids to renovate the train station next month, TribLocal reported, which will include an expanded area for a coffee shop.
Friday, November 16, 2012
A special group of about 60 families will embark on at trip to see Santa from the Des Plaines Metra Depot Saturday morning.
Friday, November 16, 2012
The following information was provided by Metra: Operation North Pole shares the magic of Christmas and all the joy it can bring with 60 families who have a child or children suffering from life-threatening or terminal illnesses by taking them on a fanciful trip to the North Pole on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012. This very special Polar Express ride will depart Des Plaines Metra station at 11:15 a.m. In this their fourth year of delighting families, Operation North Pole is wrapping the exteriors of two Metra train cars, as well as a partial interior, with bright holiday colors and images of Santa’s workshop. Operation North Pole is the first organization in the Chicago area to wrap a holiday train for the purpose of providing families who have …
Thursday, March 1, 2012
The downtown area still revolves around transportation.
The businesses have changed, and a few buildings have disappeared, but downtown's core still is centered on the transportation center, between Pearson and Lee streets. This picture, taken in the mid-1950s, captures a time when angled parking was still allowed on the north side of Miner Street and parallel parking along the south side. There was also a large green space with a colonnade of stately elm trees. Many of the buildings on the north side of the street still look much the same. The Kunisch building was then a currency exchange, now Teresa Tailor. The next building was then Frank's Apparel, and is soon to be home to MBD Martial Arts. Earlier: Martial arts studio plans to move downtown. Next door was the Zephyr Restaurant and Lounge…
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Metra fares to increase Feb. 1; monthly passes expire last day of month.
Metra ticket fares are set to increase Feb. 1, and a number of fare policies will also change at the same time. Tables of the new adult and special user fares by zone are on Metra’s website. For more information on the increases and changes, visit Metra’s website. Meg Reile, spokesperson for Metra, said she expects the policy change involving monthly pass expiration to have the most impact on riders. Currently passes are valid until noon on the first day of the following month. Under the new policy passes will expire on the last day of the month. Tickets purchased Nov. 12 to Jan. 31 will expire Feb. 29. Earlier: New Metra station among possible 2012 projects. Single Ride Ticket $3.50 $121.00 Single Ride Ticket Tickets may be ordered online…
Friday, December 9, 2011
Both vehicles reported stolen.
For the second time in a week an abandoned car was hit by a Metra train on the North Central line early Monday morning, the Daily Herald reported. For the story, visit the Daily Herald’s website. Both incidents involved vehicles that were reported stolen; the first owner was from Morton Grove and the second from Elgin. Des Plaines police, Metra police, Morton Grove and Elgin police are cooperating in the ongoing investigation. Meg Reile, spokesperson for Metra, said, on average, several abandoned vehicles are struck by Metra trains throughout its 11 lines in the Chicago area each year. These two incidents, on Nov. 29 and Dec. 5, were unusual because they occurred at the same crossing, with the same train, within a week, she said. No …
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Local landmarks photo gallery.
Patch photographer Philip Downie documented Des Plaines landmarks. Then, local historian Brian Wolf wrote captions for the images. We’ll publish the four photo galleries they created, one a week, on Thursdays. Earlier: Photos of Sim’s Bowl, then and now. Connect on Facebook.
Thursday, July 14, 2011
City proposes 3 ideas to program that provides federal grant funding.
The City of Des Plaines is likely to receive assistance for one of three projects it proposed to the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP), according to Dan Ungerleider, senior planner for the agency's Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program. CMAP received more than 220 applications, which it narrowed down to 62, said Ungerleider. Another call for applications will be made in the fall, he added. Ungerleider noted that CMAP had about 20 projects currently under way. Ungerleider said he met with Des Plaines officials a couple months ago for discussions about the city’s expectations and details of the projects: Work on the project would not be approached until 2012, Ungerleider said. CMAP is looking at how it can best dedicate …