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Metra Electric - Village of Riverdale (Ivanhoe Stop)

Riverdale’s main street runs east and west between two significant north-south arterials that are slightly over 2 miles apart – Halstead on the west and Indiana on the east. As a consequence, Riverdale has a charming downtown without a great deal of through-traffic. While this makes for a small town feel, it is not good for retail trade.

Downtown Riverdale consists of a six block section along 144th Street – beginning two blocks west of the Metra/Illinois Central tracks and extending four blocks east of the tracks. The east side is considered to be the main downtown district.

The Ivanhoe stop over 144th Street has several elevated platforms accessible only from the west side of the tracks. The primary parking area is directly east of the tracks. Metra riders can walk to their cars without passing in front of a single retail shop.

The 22 photos, captured between April, 2001 and May, 2003, are arranged from an area just west of the tracks east along 144th Street.


Looking east from west side of tracks at 144th Street bridge

Looking east from west side of tracks at bridge - close-up

Entrance to platform stairs on west side of tracks

Turnstile and stairs to platform

South platform of Ivanhoe stop

North platform of Ivanhoe stop and pedestrian underpass to the east

Small park west of tracks on south side of 144th Street

First block, east of tracks looking west, abandoned retail on north side of 144th Street, -- future home of the Riverdale Network Station

Telephoto view of previous shot

First block east of tracks looking south and west at parking lot

First block east of tracks looking at park south of parking lot

Second block east of tracks looking north at White Hen convenience store

Second block east of tracks looking east from SE corner

Second block east of tracks looking east from median

Second block east of tracks looking east from median, telephoto

Second block east of tracks looking east at south side of 144th St.

Second block east of tracks looking north at dry cleaners

Third block east of tracks looking east at south side of 144th St.

Third block east of tracks looking north at apartment building.

Third block east of tracks looking west at north side of 144th St.

Fourth block east of tracks looking east from median

Food market at 144th Street and Indiana, about 1.25 miles east of tracks