Francisco (CTA station)

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Station statistics
Address 4649 North Francisco Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60625
Coordinates 41°57′58″N 87°42′08″W / 41.966155°N 87.702099°W / 41.966155; -87.702099
Structure type At-grade
Platforms 1 island platform
Tracks 2
Other information
Opened December 14, 1907
Rebuilt 2006–07
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Owned by Chicago Transit Authority
Passengers (2013) 478,813[1]Increase 5.5%
Preceding station   Chicago "L"   Following station
toward Kimball
Brown Line
toward Belmont or The Loop
Route map
Brown Line
west to Kimball
Sacramento Ave.
Manor Ave.
Francisco Ave.
Brown Line
east to Loop

Francisco is an 'L' station on the CTA's Brown Line. It is a surface level station with a single island platform, located in Chicago's Albany Park neighborhood at 4649 North Francisco Avenue. The adjacent stations are Kedzie, which is about one third of a mile (0.536 km) to the west, and Rockwell, located across the Chicago River about three eighths of a mile (0.6 km) to the east.


Francisco station in 2006, prior to renovation
Newly rebuilt Francisco station

Francisco Station opened on December 14, 1907, as part of Northwestern Elevated Railroad's Ravenswood line.[2] It had survived relatively intact until September 2006, when the station was closed for renovation.

Brown Line Capacity Expansion Project[edit]

The Brown Line Capacity Expansion Project aims to allow eight car trains on the Brown Line by the extension of the platforms at all stations. At the same time all Brown Line stations are being upgraded to meet ADA requirements. Because of the historic nature of the station structures, Francisco Station was not completely rebuilt, as with the neighboring Kedzie and Rockwell stations. However, the platforms were rebuilt, an auxiliary entrance added on Sacramento Avenue, and the station house and canopy were renovated and upgraded.[2] The station was closed from September 15, 2006, to March 9, 2007, to allow this work to be completed.[3]


  1. ^ "Monthly Ridership Report: December 2013" (PDF). Chicago Transit Authority. Retrieved 2014-04-14. 
  2. ^ a b Francisco. Chicago-'L'.org (URL accessed September 2, 2006).
  3. ^ Francisco. CTA Countdown To A New Brown website (URL accessed September 2, 2006).

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