First Stop: Cermak/Chinatown

DePaul Arena Rendering ExteriorMcPier Board Approves DePaul Arena Design
Proposed design of 10,000-seat arena calls for glass enclosure, open feel and a very funky-looking roof. The architecture firm also designed DePaul theater school. Archives:

Photo: Rendering of what the new arena could look like. (Courtesy illustration)

Second Stop: CTA Crime Maps

CTA Crime Map IconSearchable Maps: Crime and CTA Trains
These searchable maps track crimes such as theft, assault, narcotics, etc. near Chicago CTA train lines and stations. Search by address and date. Related -- Chicago gun violence:

City of Chicago Data Portal, CTA open data and Derek Eder's searchable map template

Third Stop: Chicago

Ventra card student photoSome Riders Struggle with Ventra Venture
The CTA's new Ventra card program began day one of its phase-in process on Monday. While some said it went smoothly, others had issues with how to use the card. Related:

Photo: A DePaul student uses a U-Pass Ventra card at the Jackson Red Line stop. (Photo/Andrew Rodriguez)

NEW: Mobile Alerts

Mobile Text Alerts PhotoNEW: Sign up for Mobile News Alerts
Want Red Line Project mobile news text alerts sent directly to your phone? Sign up on this page, which will give you a sneak peek at our new responsive web design that we will launch in October.

Photo: Red Line Project's mobile alerts will give you updates on weather, public safety issues and other breaking news. (Photo/Creative Commons)