CTA Brings More Dunkin' to CTA Lines

Ten new tenants, including Dunkin' Donuts, will move into "L" stations along the Red, Blue, Brown and Orange lines

Next time you get off a Chicago Transit Authority train, you might see a little less vacant retail space.

The Chicago Transit Board on Wednesday approved 10 leases for tenants to occupy retail and concession spaces on the Red, Blue, Brown and Orange lines. That brings the total number of occupied spaces to 84.

The new contracts will generate more than $1.6 million, according to CTA President Forrest Claypool. Four new Dunkin' Donuts shops will open along the Red Line, and one will open on the Orange Line. Millennium Dogs will open along the Blue Line, and two convenience stores will open on the Red Line.

Three other convenience stores will be opened, two along the Brown Line and one on the Blue Line.

"This is the third consecutive month CTA has leased concession space at rail stations," Claypool said in a statement. "The new coffee and food shops further enhance the customer experience and at the same time provide a reliable source of income for CTA for the next 10 years."

In March a change in CTA ordinance allowed Jones Lang LaSalle, the commercial real estate services provider that works with the CTA, to market spaces directly to potential clients.

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