A Streetcar Named . . . What? | Year In Review | Chicago Reader

A Streetcar Named . . . What? 

Sign up for our newsletters Subscribe

Options for the proposed Loop circulator were unveiled for public comment this summer, but planners so far have ducked the problem of what to call the thing. Following the local custom that gave Chicago the el, we get the "circ"--hardly euphonious, if gratifyingly butch.

Rail systems in San Francisco, Atlanta, and Portland bear acronymic monikers that mimic people names: BART, MARTA, and MAX. Chicago might take the concept a step farther and give its new trolley system a real name. We could honor the school superintendent by calling it the TED, because it will be expensive to install and take lots of people for a ride. Or CUB, because it will run around and around but never make any real progress.

Or we could borrow from the French and give it a name that suggests continental sophistication--the Loop de Loop.

Support Independent Chicago Journalism: Join the Reader Revolution

We speak Chicago to Chicagoans, but we couldn’t do it without your help. Every dollar you give helps us continue to explore and report on the diverse happenings of our city. Our reporters scour Chicago in search of what’s new, what’s now, and what’s next. Stay connected to our city’s pulse by joining the Reader Revolution.

Are you in?

  Reader Revolutionary $35/month →  
  Rabble Rouser $25/month →  
  Reader Radical $15/month →  
  Reader Rebel  $5/month  → 

Not ready to commit? Send us what you can!

 One-time donation  → 


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

More by James Krohe Jr.

Agenda Teaser

Galleries & Museums
Monet and Chicago Art Institute of Chicago
November 02
Performing Arts
December 04

Popular Stories