Washington/Wells (CTA station)

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For other 'L' stations on the Chicago Transit Authority named Washington, see Washington (CTA).
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Station statistics
Address 100 North Wells Street
Chicago, Illinois 60606
Coordinates 41°52′57″N 87°38′02″W / 41.882541°N 87.633824°W / 41.882541; -87.633824
  Purple Line weekday rush hours only
Connections Ogilvie Transportation Center
Structure type Elevated
Platforms 2 Side platforms
Tracks 2
Bicycle facilities yes
Other information
Opened July 17, 1995
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Owned by Chicago Transit Authority
Passengers (2012) 2,060,141 Increase 8.2%
Preceding station   Chicago 'L'   Following station
One-way operation
Brown Line
toward Kimball
One-way operation
Orange Line
toward Midway
Purple Line
toward Linden
Pink Line
toward 54th/Cermak
Route map
Purple, Orange and Pink Lines
North to Linden, Midway, and 54th/Cermak
Washington St.
Calhoun Pl.
Madison St.
Brown Line
south to Kimball

Washington/Wells (also known as Washington and Wells) is a station on the Chicago Transit Authority's 'L' system, located in downtown Chicago, Illinois on the Chicago Loop elevated at 100 North Wells Street (directional coordinates 100 north, 200 west). It is the first newest station in the Loop, and opened on July 17, 1995. Washington/Wells is located a few blocks from several major attractions and business centers, such as Chicago City Hall, the Civic Opera House, and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. The station is also three blocks east of Ogilvie Transportation Center, terminal for the Union Pacific North, Northwest, and West line Metra trains. The station is located between Washington and Madison on Wells Street in downtown Chicago.


The Washington/Wells station replaced two former Loop stations, Randolph/Wells to the north and Madison/Wells to the south.

Station layout[edit]

The station itself is actually situated between Washington and Madison Streets and is constructed of steel and concrete, with wooden platforms. A large, open mezzanine is accessible by stairs just south of Washington on either side of Wells, and the station is also accessible via elevators. Just past several turnstiles are stairwells leading to the platform level; the easternmost stairs go to the Inner Loop platform while the westernmost go to the Outer Loop platform. Both platforms are also serviced by elevators. It is possible to go from one platform to the other without leaving the paid area, making Washington/Wells a transfer station. The platforms are covered by a canopy from Washington to Madison; the platform continues over Madison. There are auxiliary exits on both ends of both platforms to the east sides of Washington and Madison. Both platforms can handle eight-car trains, the longest possible on the CTA system.


Washington/Wells serves the Brown Line (which travels counterclockwise on the Outer Loop track), and the Orange Line, Purple Line Express (weekday rush hours only), and Pink Line (which travel clockwise on the Inner Loop track).

Bus connections[edit]


  • #37 Sedgwick
  • #J14 Jeffery Jump
  • #20 Madison (Owl Service)
  • #56 Milwaukee
  • #60 Blue Island/26th (Owl Service)
  • #124 Navy Pier
  • #157 Streeterville/Taylor


External links[edit]

Media related to Washington/Wells (CTA) at Wikimedia Commons