Wabash Avenue in the Loop is, well, fairly drab. Topped by the ‘L’ and shrouded by old buildings covered in years of dirt, the corridor is pretty bleak. But that’s about to change. Following a successful Kickstarter campaign, the Wabash Lights Project will get installed in January and will light up the avenue.
Envisioned by creators Seth Unger and Jack Newell, the project’s beta will see 12 feet of LED tubing installed on the underside of the train tracks that will light up in various colors. They raised $60,000 from the campaign for this phase and, after they hopefully raise another $5 million from investors, will install the full 5,000 feet of tubing that will span Wabash between Madison and Adams. The project is set to remain for five years and will be a great connector between the north end of Wabash and the Wabash Arts Corridor, a fantastic stretch featuring stories-high murals from global artists, farther south.