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Finally! Metra explores US Cellular stop for 2010

The home of the Chicago White Sox might finally get its own trains top, as Metra officials look at a stop that would also service Illinois Institute of Technology.Getting to U.S. Cellular Field could be easier as soon as 2010 if Metra, the Chicago-area transit authority, goes ahead with a train stop at 35th and Federal streets.

That the ballpark was built in a location with no mass transit now seems incomprehensible, but a plan pushed by Rep. Bobby Rush to use federal-stimulus funds for a station just east of U.S. Cellular Field looks like it’s a go: contracts could be let as early as this month, with the new station completed during the 2010 season.

Besides the lack of funding in recent years, one other big issue has historic-preservation considerations: a new station would replace a small building designed by architectural icon Mies van der Rohe.

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