Eyes on the Street: Ogle the Wilson Station’s Translucent Canopy from the Sky

An aerial view of the Wilson stop, looking southeast towards Lake Michigan. Photo: Steven Vance
An aerial view of the Wilson stop, looking southeast towards Lake Michigan. Photo: Steven Vance

What you’re seeing isn’t a typical “Eyes on the Street” because we got our “eyes” up in the air with the new Streetsblog Chicago Traffic Chopper (actually a drone camera) to check in on the reconstruction of the CTA’s Wilson ‘L’ station in Uptown. The project, which began in 2014, will make the train stop fully accessible to people with disabilities, add a new entrance on Sunnyside, and enable transfers between Red and Purple lines for the first time.

The new Wilson station under construction
An aerial view of the Wilson Stop, looking south towards the Loop. Photo: Steven Vance

From the bird’s eye view in these photos and video, taken on May 27,  you can see how the glass canopy currently looks. Notice also that a new set of tracks on the east side of the station has yet to be built. We’re looking forward to seeing how the shiny new station will look when it’s completed, hopefully by this fall.

Red Line train departs Wilson station from Steven Vance on Vimeo.


  • Chicagoan

    I’m proud to call Wilson my station.

  • Jacob Wilson

    Wow, this is going to be a stunner when it’s done!

  • Carter O’Brien

    Wasted opportunity. They should have used solar panels and had the form better serving function.

  • BlueFairlane

    I’ll be interested in seeing how that looks after two years of pigeons.

  • Yeah, what is up with the CTA not using any solar panels anywhere. They could probably strike a deal with an installer or ComEd where the CTA doesn’t even have to buy them.

  • Me, too.
    Clark/Lake needs some cleaning.

  • Pat

    I actually thought it was solar when I saw the picture at the top. It ain’t easy being green.

  • Jacob Wilson

    I dunno, maybe you guys should do a story on it… ;)


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