Deerfield (Metra station)
|Address||860 Deerfield Road
|Platforms||2 side platforms|
|Owned by||Village of Deerfield|
Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railway Passenger Depot
|Location||Deerfield, Illinois, USA|
|Governing body||Village of Deerfield|
|NRHP Reference #||98000066|
|Added to NRHP||February 5, 1998|
Deerfield Station is one of two Metra commuter railroad stations in Deerfield, Illinois, along the Milwaukee District/North Line. It is located at 860 Deerfield Road, 2 blocks west of Illinois State Route 43, is 24.2 miles (38.9 km) away from Union Station, the southern terminus of the line, and serves commuters between Union Station and Fox Lake, Illinois. The current station originally served the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad.
Deerfield station was originally built as the Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railway Passenger Depot in 1872 on what is currently the site of 35 Central Avenue. A boxcar was used as a temporary station while the permanent one was being built. It was rebuilt at its present location in 1900. A pedestrian underpass was built at the station in 1913 and it was rebuilt again after a fire in 1917.
Deerfield station became nationally famous in 1979, when Deerfield village officials created a "No-Kissing Zone" at the station in response to complaints about traffic jams caused by couples taking too long to kiss their goodbyes at the drop-off point. The "No-Kissing" signs (patterned after international traffic signs) attracted national attention and were featured in Time Magazine and ABC's AM America (precursor to Good Morning America). A Deerfield family appearing on the game show Family Feud presented Richard Dawson with replica pins of the signs. Despite this restriction, the station is shown in the 1983 Paul Brickman film Risky Business. The station was added to the National Register of Historic Places on February 5, 1998.
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