People tend to check in during these times:
Merchandise Mart is the only Brown Line station not to receive substantial upgrades through the Brown Line Expansion Project. Since it is of recent construction, is ADA-compliant, and is already of sufficient length to accommodate eight-car trains, no major modifications are needed.
This station has heat lamps available from mid-October thru March that riders can use to keep warm while waiting for their train. If they're not on, look for the button to turn them on.
Avoid this if you can; it's really easy to get lost
During evening rush, if you have a bit of extra time and want to get a seat, I board the inbound Brown or Purple Line on the west side of the platform and ride it around the Loop.
Might I suggest a good eBook to read on your journey?
Move. All. The way. In.
Don't try to get on a Northbound train after 4:30pm at Merch Mart. Try going to Clark&Lake & boarding the brown line instead. You have a better chance of getting on a train that way.
- as featured on the 1993 movie "The Fugitive"
During rush hour, northbound trains are packed. If u need a seat and/or not in a hurry, take the southbound train which circles the Loop...
Back stairwell down on Kinzie often faster than running down the stairs going through the Mart
Some of the CTA's rudest and least helpful employees work the turnstiles here. If your fare card doesn't work here walk to Chicago/Franklin or Clark/Lake instead of asking an employee for help.
Go into Merchandise Mart itself to top up your CTA card. Dumb, but that's the CTA for you.
CTA Tip 171: if you need to yawn but you haven't brushed your teeth yet this week... Don't yawn near me!
Lots of shady people later at night. Be careful.
Great eye candy if you like a well tailored suit and dress shoes!
Second turnstile from the right is often faulty.
Just witnessed a shady character trying to get through the turn-style for free. Be careful with all the thefts occurring on the brown line!
at times, the street entrance turnstiles don't require a CTA pass...look for the lit up green light and the digital "enter, thank you."
Westside of Wells, Watchout pavement is uneven