Harrison: The bargain stop
Follow broke college students to find cheap eats off the Red Line.
Printers Row was booming due to an underground rail system that enabled paper to be transported through tunnels from the nearby bustling Dearborn Station to binderies and print shops.
Mezzanine walls and platform columns feature colorful vinyl designs and transit-themed haiku created in a 2008 collaboration between Columbia College and Jones College Prep high school. (From former Columbia student Veronica Kott: I think they’re the same / the sound of the train and the / roll of thunder claps.)
An original auxiliary Polk Street exit to Dearborn Station became a safety risk in the 1960s due to blind corners and neighborhood decline. Three months after a 1968 stairwell murder, the exit closed.—Julia Borcherts