Damen (CTA Blue Line station)

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For other 'L' stations on the Chicago Transit Authority named Damen, see Damen.
20100806 12 CTA Blue Line L @ Damen.jpg
Location 1558 North Damen Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60622
Coordinates 41°54′35″N 87°40′39″W / 41.909744°N 87.677437°W / 41.909744; -87.677437Coordinates: 41°54′35″N 87°40′39″W / 41.909744°N 87.677437°W / 41.909744; -87.677437
Owned by Chicago Transit Authority
Platforms 2 Side platforms
Tracks 2
Structure type Elevated
Bicycle facilities Yes; Bicycle shed for 50 (2009)
Opened May 6, 1895[1]
Rebuilt 2014
Previous names Robey Street
Passengers (2014) 1,856,881[2]Decrease 14.7% (CTA)
Rank 35 out of 143[a]
Preceding station   Chicago "L"   Following station
toward O'Hare
Blue Line
toward Forest Park

Damen is a station on the Chicago Transit Authority's 'L' system, serving the Blue Line, on North Damen Avenue at West North Avenue. It serves the popular and growing Bucktown and Wicker Park neighborhoods. It is the subject of Bert Monroy's famous image Damen. From Damen, trains run at intervals of 2–7 minutes during weekday rush hours, and take 8 minutes to reach the Clark/Lake station in the Loop.[citation needed]

Prior to 1952, the Humboldt Park Branch diverged from the line northwest of this station.[3]

On December 22, 2014, the Damen station reopened after a two-month shutdown for renovations, part of the CTA's $492 million "Your New Blue" project.[4]

Station layout[edit]

Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Northbound Blue Line toward O'Hare (Western)
Southbound Blue Line toward Forest Park (Division)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
G Street level Entrance/Exit

Bus connections[edit]


  • #50 Damen
  • #56 Milwaukee
  • #72 North Ave.

Notes and references[edit]


  1. ^ Due to possible double-counting of physically-connected stations, the CTA's official 2014 tally of stations was 145, but for ridership purposes reported having only 143 stations.


  1. ^ "New "L" Road Opens". Chicago Daily Tribune. May 7, 1895. p. 12. 
  2. ^ "Monthly Ridership Report – December 2014" (PDF). Chicago Transit Authority Ridership Analysis and Reporting. March 5, 2015. Retrieved 17 April 2015. 
  3. ^ Humboldt Park Branch (Chicago "L" org)
  4. ^ http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20141222/wicker-park/cta-damen-l-station-reopens-its-beautiful-uber-using-commuter-says

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