Monroe (CTA Red Line station)

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Monroe/State station in January 2004
Station statistics
Address 26 South State Street
Chicago, IL 60603
Coordinates 41°52′51″N 87°37′40″W / 41.880745°N 87.627696°W / 41.880745; -87.627696
Structure type Subway
Platforms 1 Island Platform
Tracks 2
Bicycle facilities Yes
Other information
Opened October 17, 1943
Owned by City of Chicago
Passengers (2012) 2,948,366 Increase 5%
Preceding station   Chicago 'L'   Following station
toward Howard
Red Line
toward Howard
Red Line
Route map
Red Line
north to Howard
Red Line
south to 95th/Dan Ryan

Monroe (also Monroe/State) is an 'L' station on the CTA's Red Line. The station opened on October 17, 1943, as part of the State Street Subway. The station is located in the Chicago Loop, and is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


Monroe station in 2012

Monroe station has retained many of its original features from its opening in 1943, such as the officers cabins, some auxiliary signaling and the Madison-Monroe mezzanine, which is named for the crossing of Madison Street and Monroe Street. Until October 2006, there was a station between Monroe and Lake: Washington/State station.

In 2009, The CTA put new station wall signs over the old blue station wall signs in order to better direct people to the mezzanines.

The station gives direct access to the adjacent Carson, Pirie, Scott and Company Building, a National Historic Landmark and Chicago Landmark that is also part of the Loop Retail Historic District.[1]

Bus connections[edit]


  • #2 Hyde Park Express
  • #6 Jackson Park Express
  • #10 Museum of Science and Industry
  • #J14 Jeffery Jump
  • #20 Madison (Owl Service)
  • #24 Wenthworth
  • #29 State
  • #36 Broadway
  • #56 Milwaukee
  • #60 Blue Island/26th (Owl Service)
  • #62 Archer (Owl Service)
  • #146 Inner Drive/Michigan Express
  • #147 Outer Drive Express
  • #151 Sheridan
  • #157 Streeterville/Taylor


External links[edit]

Media related to Monroe/State (CTA) at Wikimedia Commons