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Peapod’s CTA & Metra Stations Virtual Grocery Store Billboards Carry Eli’s Cheesecake

Eli’s Cheesecake is proud to be part of Peapod’s new virtual grocery stores at transit stations throughout the Chicagoland area. From the Red line Sox/35th stop to suburban stops such as Grayslake, Peapod has put virtual grocery stores on billboards all over Chicago. Across the United States, Peapod is also trying these virtual grocery stores in places like Boston, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Washington, and Philadelphia. The virtual grocery store works through QR codes; the commuter uses their smartphone to download the free PeapodMobile app and then scans the QR codes of the food items they’d like to purchase.  The Chicago virtual stores feature not only Eli’s Cheesecake, but a selection of Chicago’s Best including Lou Malanati’s, Garrett’s Popcorn and Wildfire. For more information, check out these articles or,2817,2410366,00.asp

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Chicago Transit Authority Riders Can now Take Advantage of Google Transit–Route to Eli’s From O’Hare and the Historic Water Tower

We thank Mayor Daley and Google for giving us a new tool to get around Chicago on public transportation. Visit so that you can find your way to Eli’s on public transportation via Google Transit.

Below are maps showing the preferred route on the CTA to get to Eli’s from O’Hare Airport and the Historic Water Tower.





Chicago Transit Authority riders can now plan their trips using the Google Transit™ website, Mayor Richard M. Daley and CTA officials announced today.

Through a new partnership with Google, mapping and directions for CTA bus and rail services are available in 11 languages on the Google Transit™ web site.

“The ease with which people can access information via Google demonstrates the true value of technology – it makes the world a global community,” Daley said at a news conference held at CTA headquarters, 567 W. Lake St.

“Regardless of whether you want to travel three miles or 3,000 miles from home, the tools to plan the most convenient and easiest way to reach your destination is captured all in one space. The CTA is now a part of that global community and offers people the opportunity to choose a more environmentally friendly way to get where they want to go,” he said.

Daley was joined by CTA President Ron Huberman and Jim Lecinski, Google™ managing director for the central region, to introduce the new service which is available at or through a link from the CTA’s website at This initiative expands on Google’s popular mapping features and driving instructions to provide useful information for transit riders. Chicago is now the largest U.S. city to offer this service to transit riders, joining Seattle, San Francisco and Portland, OR among others.

“Having CTA service information on the universally familiar Google™ web site allows CTA to reach a broader audience and introduce them to the convenience of public transit at no cost to the agency,” said Huberman.

“With Google Transit, travelers can find both driving and public transit information in the same location without visiting multiple web sites. Even existing CTA customers will find the site useful as it complements the RTA trip planner on CTA’s home page by providing maps and stop location information,” he said.

“We are happy to welcome the second-largest transit agency in the country to Google Transit. The CTA is one of the most recognizable transit systems in the country with the ‘L’ trains traveling throughout the Loop and across the city,” said Jim Lecinski, Google’s Managing Director of the Central Region, based in Chicago. “Google Maps seeks to provide users with tools to help them explore the world around them—not just virtually, but by equipping them with information that will serve their daily lives, and providing public transit information is an important piece of that.”

To access travel information, customers enter an originating address and a destination address. Tabs will allow customers to obtain public transit directions and provide the ability to customize the date and time of the transit trip.

When accessing the public transit data, step-by-step written directions will appear with fare information included. A map of the route represented by icons appears and clicking the icon will display an estimated schedule for the departure of the next train or bus. A link on the Google Transit page will take visitors to CTA’s web site at to easily access additional CTA information.

The CTA provided Google with scheduling data and bus stop and rail station locations. CTA is not incurring any costs for the partnership with Google. The partnership provides Google users with more transportation options; integrates valuable local information into Google Maps; and creates opportunities for CTA to reach out to potential riders who may not have realized the availability, cost-effectiveness and convenience of public transit.

Google Transit has information on public transit options for nine countries in 11 languages. In addition, the Google Transit site is accessible for visually-impaired users.

“In February, after the transportation funding crisis had been averted, we held a news conference to talk about next steps the CTA would take to provide better quality services to riders of the system,” Daley said.

“One of the things I said was that customers need a better way to get information about the entire system — its schedules, its routes and its problems. I said the CTA needs to enhance its online information capability.

“The partnership we’re announcing today is a good step in that direction. We have a good transit system here and it’s getting better. This is exactly the kind of creative thinking and partnering with the private sector we must employ to make sure Chicago has a transit system that provides quality, safe and reliable service into the future,” the Mayor said.

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Chicago Thinks Pink–Debut of the Pink Line on the CTA








New CTA Map showing the Pink Line going from the loop to the 54th/Cermak Station in Cicero.







Growing up in Chicago, I was always interested in the development of urban rail in Chicago. Growing up in Skokie, I was a charter
member of the Overhead & Third Rail Club at Niles North High School, with my long time dear friend, Rory Packer. That interest came out of the summers commuting downtown on the Evanston Express and taking a train that had been built in the 1920′s










I even remember being on the Howard line of the CTA and seeing the distinctive trains of the Chicago, Northshore and Milwaukee Railroad. Started in 1915, and expanded under the leadership of Samuel Insull, the Northshore provided direct service between downtown Chicago and downtown Milwaukee using the right of way of the CTA. The Northshore ran until 1963 when it was discontinued for economic reasons.

Today, Sunday, June 25th was a significant day in Chicago rail history with the debut of the Pink Line on the CTA. Using the Paulina Connector, abandoned in 1964 , that links the CTA tracks on Lake to Congress, there is now a new route from the loop to Cicero–covering 10 miles with 22 stations, including the station Kedzie that serves the neighborhood at Ogden & Kedzie where my dad opened his first restaurant.








On its first day of operation, a brightly colored Pink Line Train photographed at the Clinton Station on the way to the loop.

The word of tthe day is “Think Pink” at the Polk Street Station.








View of the Chicago skyline to the east as the Pink Line train head south on the Paulina Connector.








View of the United Center to the west on the Paulina Connector.

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