Chicago (CTA Red Line station)

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For other 'L' stations on the Chicago Transit Authority named Chicago, see Chicago (disambiguation)#Illinois.
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Station statistics
Address 800 North State Street
Chicago, IL 60654
Coordinates 41°53′48″N 87°37′42″W / 41.896679°N 87.6282°W / 41.896679; -87.6282
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Other information
Opened October 17, 1943
Rebuilt 1999–2001 (station renovation)
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Owned by City of Chicago
Passengers (2012) 5,319,744 Increase 3.5%
Preceding station   Chicago 'L'   Following station
toward Howard
Red Line
Chicago (CTA Red Line station) is located in Chicago
Chicago (CTA Red Line station)
Route map
Red Line
north to Howard
Red Line
south to 95th/Dan Ryan

Chicago (also Chicago/State in station announcements) is a rapid transit station on the Red Line of the Chicago 'L'. It serves a significant portion of the Near North Side and Streeterville neighborhoods. With 14,269 each weekday and 5,139,248 overall in 2011, it is the busiest station on the Red Line north of the Loop.[1]


The second stop on the Red Line north of the Chicago River, Chicago station lies in the central portion of the Near North Side. Specifically, it is located underneath State Street at its intersection with Chicago Avenue.[2] It is three blocks west of the northern section of the Magnificent Mile, with the Chicago Water Tower the closest attraction on that strip at the intersection of Chicago and Michigan Avenues. It is also the closest 'L' station to the John Hancock Center, Holy Name Cathedral, the Rush Street entertainment district, and the downtown campus of Loyola University Chicago. The Chicago campus of the Moody Bible Institute is also nearby.


The Chicago station opened on October 17, 1943, as part of the State Street Subway,[3] which forms the central portion of what is now the Red Line between North/Clybourn and Roosevelt stations.

During the 1950s, the CTA implemented skip-stop service throughout the 'L' system. Under this service pattern, Chicago was designated as AB along with all other downtown stations (on the Red Line, those stops south of Clark/Division and north of Cermak were given AB designations).[4] As a result, all trains stopped at these stations. The skip-stop service was ended due to budget cuts in the 1990s.


From 1999 until 2001, Chicago underwent renovation and refurbishment in line with other stations of the State Street Subway. Work included making the station ADA compliant with new elevators, re-done flooring, re-tiling, and increased mezzanine space.[5]

Unlike most State Street Subway stations, Chicago uses a side platform configuration with two tracks. This platform configuration also exist at Grand and North/Clybourn. There are entrances from street level at all corners of the intersection of North State Street and Chicago Avenue. One level below street level is a mezzanine containing fare controls and turnstiles, while the platforms are located beneath the mezzanine.

Bus connections[edit]


  • #36 Broadway
  • #66 Chicago (Owl Service)
CTA Chicago-State Subway Station.jpg

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Annual Ridership Report: Calendar Year 2011" (PDF). Chicago Transit Authority. Retrieved February 14, 2012. 
  2. ^ Chicago (Red Line subway station) CTA Retrieved 2010-07-29
  3. ^ Shinnick, William (October 17, 1943). "Chicago Underground--A Subway at Last!". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. C1. 
  4. ^ "1957 Chicago 'L' system map". Retrieved February 8, 2011. 
  5. ^ Chicago/State Retrieved 2010-07-29

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