O'Hare (CTA station)

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Station statistics
Address 1000 O'Hare Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60666
Coordinates 41°58′52″N 87°54′03″W / 41.981127°N 87.900876°W / 41.981127; -87.900876
Connections Airport Transit System
Pace Buses
Structure type Underground
Platforms 2 island platforms
Tracks 3
Bicycle facilities Yes
Other information
Opened September 3, 1984
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Owned by Chicago Transit Authority
Passengers (2012) 3,532,031 Increase 6%
Preceding station   Chicago 'L'   Following station
Terminus Blue Line
toward Forest Park
Route map
Blue Line
east to Forest Park

O'Hare is the 'L' station at the northwestern terminus of the CTA's Blue Line. It is a subway station with two island platforms serving three tracks, located at O'Hare International Airport, 17 miles (27 km) northwest of the Chicago Loop. The station is located underneath the O'Hare parking garage. Trains are scheduled to depart from O'Hare roughly every 2–7 minutes during rush-hour periods and take about 40 minutes to travel to the Loop. It is the westernmost station of the 'L' system. It is also the only CTA station without coordinates in Chicago's grid system, as O'Hare lines up with no street in the city. It is the only CTA terminal located in a subway and also is the only terminal (and station, for that matter) where a premium fare applies and is the only terminal that does not directly connect to any CTA or Pace buses. It is also one of two terminals (the other being Dempster-Skokie on the Yellow Line) that does not have a yard assigned to it (the yard is located at Rosemont).


O'Hare station opened on September 3, 1984, as the terminus of an extension of the Blue Line from its former terminal at River Road.[1] It was built to a design by the architectural firm Murphy/Jahn.[2]


On March 24, 2014, a train approaching the station on the middle track collided with the bumper, then jumped the tracks and crashed into the escalators injuring 32 people.[3] The station reopened on March 30, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.[4]

Bus and rail connections[edit]

Take Airport Transit System to Remote Parking Stop to access connections


Pace Buses

  • #250 Dempster Street
  • #330 Manneheim-LaGrange Roads


  1. ^ Papajohn, George (September 4, 1984). "O'Hare's 'L' Service Gets Inaugural Cheer". Chicago Tribune. p. A1. 
  2. ^ Garfield, Graham. "O'Hare". Chicago-"L".org. Retrieved September 30, 2006. 
  3. ^ Commuter Train Derails at Chicago Airport (Yahoo News)
  4. ^ Schulte, Sarah (March 30, 2014). "CTA Blue Line O'Hare stop reopens Sunday following derailment". abclocal.com. Retrieved April 1, 2014. 

External links[edit]

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