Anyway, this piece of good news just came in from Alderman Riley's office:
Chicago Brown Line CTA Station Update
Beginning Friday, July 19th, the Chicago Brown Line station will see the re-opening of Franklin Street for normal pedestrian usage. The obstructions currently located on either side of Franklin Street will be removed at this time. The permanent staircases currently located on Chicago Avenue and Franklin Street will operate as an "exit only" staircase until the completion of the project. The station should be fully operational on September 7th. The staircases on Chicago and Franklin will be open for both entrance and exit, and the elevators at the same location will be fully operational at this time.Woo hoo!