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The Sheridan station: The forgotten Cubs CTA stop

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The Sheridan station
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Alderman Tom Tunney has laid out his terms for supporting any deal between Chicago and the Cubs to renovate Wrigley Field that involves public money. He's posted his "priorities" on his 44th Ward website, and one of them is this:

—A commitment to restore the CTA Sheridan Red Line El Station

Is Tunney seriously overreaching? You may be asking yourself that. Only the half of the station west of Sheffield Avenue is even in his ward. And whenever the City Council approves the new ward map, it'll all be in the 46th.

Yes, but here's the thing—it's the Cubs' station. Look for the stubby, nondescript concrete column that rises from the sidewalk just north of the entrance on Sheffield. It bears the Cubs logo and the inscription, "Chicago Cubs adopt the Sheridan El station October 3, 2005."

While the White Sox were winning the World Series that October, the Cubs had their own little ceremony.

I'm on record calling the Sheridan station my favorite in Chicago. But not because there's anything fresh and gleaming about it. The station's a dump—it simply happens to be a glorious dump, in my view, because it's so uncompromisingly retro, and on the four serpentine tracks at the top of the stairs both Purple Line expresses and Red Line locals come squealing through. The station's a lot like Wrigley Field itself—charming, if you can ignore all the evidence it's about to collapse.

The station's website mentions some artwork the Cubs commissioned. A spokesman for Tunney tells me, "They do some cleanings every now and then." By and large, though, I would call it a one-sided relationship. The Sheridan station serves the Cubs by admirably symbolizing a franchise that hasn't won anything worth talking about in more than a century; yet what does it get from the Cubs in return?

I hope Tunney sticks to his guns. The Cubs should ante up—or take the plaque down.

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