Proposed Wells Street Subway
WBEZ has taken a deep dive into Chicago's transportation history and uncovered some items that were once on the city's wish list.
- in the 1950s, the city considered tearing down the Loop "L" because it was thought the "iron girdle" was retarding the expansion of the central business district
- a grade-level rail line (Ravenswood) was going to be lowered into an open "cut" in the ground
- the west leg of the Red Line -- which now terminates at 95th Street -- was supposed to go to 119th Street
More pictures -- and the story -- can be found here: Part I; Part II; Part III
Want to see more transit what-ifs? Check out New York's lost subways.