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About the Open for Business Program

Why an Open for Business Program?

The Red and Purple Modernization (RPM) Phase One Project is the largest capital investment project in CTA history. It includes a new bypass structure just north of the Belmont Station, the Red-Purple Bypass Project, a complete rebuild of the Lawrence, Argyle, Berwyn and Bryn Mawr stations and track structures and the installation of a new signal system between the Howard and Belmont stations.

While large-scale mega-projects of this type come with benefits, such as smoother, more reliable service, relief of overcrowding, and larger, modern stations with ADA accessibility, they also come with unique challenges due to the longevity and complexity of the construction. Recognizing that there will be challenges, the CTA has developed an Open for Business Program to ease negative impacts on the local businesses.

Beyond the construction challenges, small businesses are facing the challenges brought on by the the COVID-19 pandemic. Our goal is to support small businesses.

If you are a business owner interested in participating in the program, please register here.

Shop. Eat. Play. Explore!

We invite you to transport yourself to Uptown to enjoy pho, wander through Edgewater’s historic district, book a staycation at the Majestic Hotel in Lakeview East and stroll through the amazing, unique local shops in Andersonville. Immerse yourself in the authentic flavors, colors, and trendy spaces in these communities.



Known for its Swedish roots, historic architecture, and bustling Clark Street, Andersonville is home to one of Chicago’s largest LGBTQIA+ communities and home to one of the city's annual Pride celebrations. Stock up on everything from antiques to one-of-a-kind gifts and authentic Swedish pastries in Andersonville’s unique, independently owned shops.



A cozy, family-friendly community with miles of beaches and tree-lined spaces that allow you to relax, while charming specialty stores give you a much-needed break from the daily routine. Roam through antique stores and enjoy an African or Eastern European culinary feast at a local restaurant. Explore Edgewater’s authentic delis, boutique grocery stores and specialty farm stands, all while you admire its storefront theater district featuring intimate, one-of-a-kind shows that are sure to delight.



Uptown is known for its trendy cafes, jazz lounges, and bars, including the iconic Riviera Theater, Aragon Ballroom and Uptown Theater. The 121-acre Graceland Cemetery is the burial site of many famous Chicagoans, featuring notable landscape design and Victorian-style art. Locals love the music, international food scene and the history of Uptown as a speakeasy hub in the roaring 20s a century ago.

Lakeview East

Lakeview East

Home to the Chicago Cubs’ iconic 1914 ballpark, Wrigley Field, Lakeview East has wide-ranging artistic offerings, great parks, and the Lake Michigan lakefront. Locals love the community’s walkability with nearby theaters, and a lakefront trail. Visitors enjoy an assortment of boutique hotels, including the Majestic. Lakeview East is both family-friendly and trendy.

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