Explore Chicago CTA Edition: This is Morse

Explore Chicago CTA Edition: This is Morse

This is Morse. Doors open on the left at Morse. This is a red line train to Howard. Hey everyone, welcome back to the tenth installment of Explore Chicago CTA Edition! As always, I’m your student blogger and excited eater, Miguel Molina! As you may have noticed, we are two stops away from reaching the end of the red line at the northside. Today, we are going to be having some fun with both eats and treats up at the CTA’s Morse stop. Be sure to bring your student ID card, ventra card (u-pass), trusty walking shoes and as always, a hungry belly. So come on, let’s go out and explore!

Getting to Morse:

Unlike the other sites on the Red Line, I would not recommend taking the Loyola intercampus shuttle bus. Granville is only a stop north of Loyola. You heard that right, only one stop away. Because of this, here are the two quick ways to get to the neighborhood. First, the easiest way. You can take the CTA Red Line train from Loyola up south toward Howard toward Morse (it has its own stop). The trip down will take you around 1-2 minutes at most. Secondly, you can always take an Uber or a Lyft to take you from Loyola’s Lakeshore Campus. This would take you around the same amount of time as taking the CTA. But for an even more scenic and leisure way, you can walk on Sheridan Road and It’s only a few blocks north of campus.

Restaurants and Cafes to Check Out:


  • The Heartland Cafe: Like the name of the cafe suggests, the food from this cafe comes from the heartland of the United States. This provides locally sourced, organic food options to its patrons. The cafe is an example of what many call a “farm to table” style restaurant. The cafe is also in the “heart” of Rogers Park catering to both locals and visitors alike. While the restaurant is known for its plentiful vegetarian and vegan options, if you are looking for the meat, it’s good to know that the meat is locally sourced and carefully curated. Along with its many food options, the cafe is known as being a center for political canvassing, voter registration, and other political gatherings. Likewise, at any given night, there are spoken word events and open mic for people to express themselves and share their art with others. For more information about the Heartland Cafe, check out: https://heartlandcafe.com
  • Midnight Mac and Cheeserie: When I think of mac and cheese, I immediately think back on my childhood with a box of Kraft mac and cheese in a bowl, with me having a big grin on my face. If you have these same memories, check out this speciality shop for you to relive your youth again. You have a choice of 1 pound or 2.5 pounds of cheesy goodness and then you can customize your pasta with different types of cheeses, veggies, meats, and other extra toppings. You can never go wrong with more and more cheese! To check out the menu, check out the link at: https://midnightmacandcheeserie.com


Still hungry and looking for more to visit? Be sure to tune in April 24th as we go on our last stop on the red line and start to explore more at Howard on this edition of Explore Chicago CTA Edition. Doors closing.

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