Jackson Red Line
No matter what time of day, the Jackson Red Line station is a sure spot to see spontaneous live acts. From rap battles to father-son duets, music is almost always in the air of the underground. Other performances might include a woman hula hooping to Latin music, another might be a woman vaguely resembling Aretha Franklin who sings just as soulfully as the diva. On occasion, the beat of drums—real or improvised via the bottom of a bucket – compete with the roar and rattle of approaching trains clinking along the tracks. Three young men can often be found singing in the tunnel that connects the Blue Line to the Red at Jackson. It’s a fact: Jackson is ridden with rhythms.
Best of Chicago 2012