Western (CTA Brown Line station)

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Western station.jpg
Station statistics
Address 4648 North Western Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60625
Coordinates 41°57′59″N 87°41′18″W / 41.966259°N 87.688448°W / 41.966259; -87.688448
Structure type Elevated
Platforms 2 Side platforms
Tracks 3
Bicycle facilities Yes
Other information
Opened May 18, 1907[1]
Rebuilt late 1920s, 1979–81
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Owned by Chicago Transit Authority
Passengers (2013) 1,362,630[2] Increase 3.5%
Preceding station   Chicago 'L'   Following station
toward Kimball
Brown Line
toward Belmont or The Loop
Route map
Brown Line
west to Kimball
Western Ave.
Brown Line
east to Loop

Western is an 'L' station on the CTA's Brown Line. It is an elevated station with two side platforms, located in the Lincoln Square neighborhood. The adjacent stations are Rockwell, which is located about one quarter mile (0.4 km) to the west, and Damen, about one half mile (0.8 km) to the east. Between Western and Rockwell the line descends and runs on surface level tracks for the rest of the route to Kimball.


The station was put into service in 1907 as part of Northwestern Elevated Railroad's Ravenswood line, and has been rebuilt twice since—in the late 1920s, and again from 1979 to 1981.[3] The current station consists of two side platforms, and a central storage line, its platforms were extended in 2006–07 to enable the station to accommodate eight railcars.

Bus connections[edit]


  • #11 Lincoln
  • #49 Western (Owl Service)
  • #49B North Western
  • #81 Lawrence (Owl Service)

Berlin Wall Monument[edit]

A portion of the Berlin Wall in the station

A portion of the Berlin Wall is inside the Western Avenue CTA station in Chicago. Dedicated to the citizens of Chicago for helping "secure the freedom" of Berlin. The wall was transported to the city via Lufthansa Airlines.[citation needed] The Lincoln-Square Neighborhood has been historically German.


  1. ^ "New 'L' Line Operated". Chicago Daily Tribune. May 19, 1907. p. 11. 
  2. ^ "Monthly Ridership Report: December 2013". Chicago Transit Authority. Retrieved 2014-04-14. 
  3. ^ Western. Chicago "L".org (URL accessed September 17, 2006)

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