Pardon our dust
Stage II of the Wabash Ave. improvement project is well under way. According the the CDOT website, construction should be completed by this fall. Some of the improvements are street and pedestrian lighting, sidewalk planters, and new trees in tree grates.
Open for business
It's hard to believe, and see through the dust, but all of the businesses on the west side of Wabash from Harrison to Roosevelt are open. These businesses include popular South Loop eateries Bongo Room, Eleven City Diner, and India Grill. All three are worth patronizing even during the construction. According to the CDOT press release, "We will take every step to keep disruption to a minimum. Access to buildings will be maintained at all times." I walked up to the Interdisciplinary Arts building of Columbia College at 619 Wabash Tuesday morning with no problems. Business and other locations on Wabash are unobstructed and easy to navigate, so don't avoid visiting your favorite restaurants or businesses.
For more information on the Wabash Construction, visit the CDOT website.