Chicago’s 47th ward Alderman Gene Schulter sent me an email about how the Berlin Wall is going to be installed at the Brown Line Western Avenue stop.
Last year, through my work with the German Consul General and local German cultural groups, the German Government provided the city with a section of the Berlin Wall to be permanently displayed in the 47th Ward. Over the past two weeks, the Chicago Transit Authority has been hard at work creating a permanent display in the Western Brown Line Station in the heart of Lincoln Square. This will be the only display of its kind in the Midwest and I am very excited about this opportunity host it in our community.
The display will be located adjacent to the Western Avenue side of the station and will showcase the two sides of the wall. The exhibit will also feature historical information surrounding the erection of the Wall during the Cold War and the symbolic reconnection of Germany in the late eighties.
I would like to thank the CTA for their enthusiasm and assistance in creating a space for this permanent exhibit. I would also like to thank Matt Lodge of Lashett’s German Inn, Mark Matuschka of Continental Contractors, and Joe Bradtke of Bradtke Antique Movers for their invaluable assistance in transporting the piece of the Wall to the Western Station.
Alderman Gene Schulter