The Impossible Dream [Updated]
[Update: Readers have requested a graphical representation of my quest. Here it is:
Black dots represent stops "sincerely" visited. Consider all stops in the Loop detail checked off.]
Readers frequently e-mail me asking how my quest to maximize the number of L stops I’ve used is going. I haven’t had much to report recently, but today I made a major breakthrough: the nearly impossible-to-get Jarvis stop on the Red Line. That gives me the entire Red Line north of Roosevelt.
If anyone would like to get some good Middle Eastern food for dinner tonight, I can get the elusive Kedzie stop, thereby completing the Brown Line. My complete record is “below the fold.”
By my own rules, stops with multiple lines don’t have to be used with every possible line. I’ve used every Loop elevated stop — Lasalle/Van Buren was tough to pull off, but lunch with The Girl made it possible. She is also moving to what I characterize as a “transit dead zone” equally inaccessible from several L stops, so I may be able to significantly help my stats if I visit her a few times.
Red: Howard through Roosevelt, 47th, Garfield
Brown: All but Kedzie
Blue: Clinton through through Belmont (save Chicago), Jefferson Park, O’Hare
Green: Kedzie (bad idea), 51st, Garfield
Purple: Dempster, Davis, Central
Yellow: Seriously, who uses the Yellow Line?
If anyone knows of good destinations that would count as “sincere usage” for missing stops, feel free to let me know.
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