Diversey (CTA station)

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Station statistics
Address 943 West Diversey Parkway
Chicago, Illinois 60614
Coordinates 41°55′58″N 87°39′11″W / 41.932748°N 87.653155°W / 41.932748; -87.653155
  Purple Line weekday rush hours only
Structure type Elevated
Platforms 2 Side platforms
Tracks 4
Bicycle facilities Yes
Other information
Opened June 9, 1900
Rebuilt 2007–08
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Owned by Chicago Transit Authority
Passengers (2012) 1,725,084 Increase 5% (CTA)
Preceding station   Chicago 'L'   Following station
toward Kimball
Brown Line
toward The Loop
toward Linden
Purple Line
Route map
Brown Line and Purple Line Exp.
north to Kimball and Linden
Red Line
north to Howard
Diversey Pkwy.
Brown Line and Purple Line Exp.
south to Loop
Red Line
south to 95th/Dan Ryan

Diversey is an 'L' station on the CTA Brown Line; Purple Line express trains also stop at the station during weekday rush hours. It is an elevated station with two side platforms, located in the Lincoln Park (main station) and Lakeview (auxiliary entrance and historic station house) neighborhoods of Chicago, Illinois. Red Line trains pass through the station on the middle tracks, but do not stop.


Diversey station opened on June 9, 1900,[1] as a local station on the original Northwestern Elevated Railroad route from Lake and Wells in downtown to Wilson Station.[2] From the late 1940s Diversey became a station on the Ravenswood route (now the Brown Line). Purple Line express trains began stopping at the station in 1998 as part of an effort to help alleviate congestion on the Brown Line.[3]

Brown Line Capacity Expansion Project[edit]

Diversey was reconstructed and renovated as part of the Brown Line Capacity Expansion Project.[4] The new station is located on the south side of Diversey Parkway, and the current location (the north side) was preserved and restored (the future use of the restored original station building is currently unknown). An auxiliary exit is located next door to the original building. It features extended platforms capable of berthing eight railcars, and elevators to meet ADA accessibility requirements. It also retains many of its historic elements. On June 25, 2007, the station closed for reconstruction. The station reopened with a temporary entrance (located next door to the original entrance) on March 30, 2008. The new, permanent station entrance opened on August 4, 2008.

Bus connections[edit]


  • #76 Diversey


  1. ^ "Boys Meddle with "L" Track". Chicago Daily Tribune. June 7, 1900. p. 12. 
  2. ^ Diversey Chicago-"L".org (URL accessed October 8, 2006).
  3. ^ About The Brown Line. CTA Countdown To A New Brown website (URL accessed October 8, 2006).
  4. ^ Diversey. CTA Countdown To A New Brown website (URL accessed October 8, 2006).

External links[edit]

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