On my most recent trip to Chicago (Kirk and I’ve been twice in the last four weeks), I got the chance to bum around with my camera shooting whatever captured my fancy. After perusing through the images, I found that most included the ‘L’ in some way, either the trains themselves, the tracks, or the views seen from the windows.

When I lived in Chicago (’08 and ’09), the ‘L’ carried me to and from anywhere and everywhere important. I averaged one- to two hours per day riding the ‘L’, waiting for the ‘L’, planning to catch the ‘L’, listening to its bells and chimes, its doors opening and closing, its whoosh and roar as it flew along the track. Because it’s both efficient and inexpensive, it’s the first choice of transportation for many. A virtual cross-section of the population rides the ‘L’, including students, business execs, tourists, the homeless.

If you want to learn what someone fears losing, watch what they photograph.

This sentiment should be taken with a grain of salt — otherwise many of us would be heartbroken over the loss of fingernail polish and latte art — but, in this case, the ‘L’ was, and still is, my connection to Chicago, and a window back to my 23 year-old self. ☼

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Two Blue Lines pass each other, one on its way underground towards the Loop and the other coming from the city headed to O’Hare.

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Brown and Purple Line track running next to Cobbler Square in Old Town — the first place Kirk and I lived after moving from East Lansing to Chicago in 2008.

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Brown Line stopped at Sedgwick.

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Looking south from the Sedgwick platform to the building formerly known as the Sears Tower. (Willis, really?)

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Grand Avenue from the Brown Line.

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Crossing the Chicago River on the Brown Line.

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Upper Wacker Drive.

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Approaching the Adams/Wabash stop.

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Adams/Wabash platform.

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Leaving the city on the Orange Line, en route to Midway.

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