Public art and public transit collide in Chicago’s Loop

Placemaking Globally

Artist rendering of The Wabash Lights, running under the L in downtown Chicago. (The Wabash Lights)

Chicago’s elevated train system, the L, is an integral part of the city’s infrastructure and identity. When you enter into “the Loop” (the central business and entertainment district enclosed by the circling tracks of six of its eight elevated train lines), you pass under century old tracks, periodically host to the rumble of passing trains.