Main (CTA station)

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Station statistics
Address 836 Chicago Avenue
Evanston, Illinois 60202
Coordinates 42°02′00″N 87°40′45″W / 42.03333°N 87.67925°W / 42.03333; -87.67925
Connections CTA bus, Metra
Structure type Elevated
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Other information
Opened May 16, 1908
Rebuilt 1909
Owned by Chicago Transit Authority
Passengers (2012) 385,582 Increase 1.8%
Preceding station   Chicago 'L'   Following station
toward Linden
Purple Line
toward Howard or The Loop
toward Kenosha
Union Pacific North
toward Ogilvie
Route map
Purple Line
north to Linden
Main St.
Washington St.
Purple Line
south to Howard or Loop

Main is a station on the Chicago Transit Authority's 'L' system, on the Purple Line at 836 Chicago Avenue in Evanston, Illinois (directional coordinates 900 north, 732 west). It is near the Main Street stop of Metra's Union Pacific/North Line.

The current station has been in place since 1908, with only little renovation to the station since then, most notably a 90 foot extension of the platform in 1997 so that a motorman in the front car could see all doors stopped at the station (the platform had curved at one end previously). Main is one of the stations on the CTA's 2004-2008 Capital Improvement Plan.

Bus and rail connections[edit]


  • #205 Chicago/Golf



External links[edit]

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