Western Avenue (Metra Milwaukee District station)

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This article is about a railway station that serves the Milwaukee District/North Line, Milwaukee District/West Line, and North Central Service. For the railway station on the BNSF Railway Line, see Western Avenue (Metra BNSF Railway station).
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Western Avenue
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Station statistics
Address 420 North Artesian Avenue,
near Grand Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60612
Coordinates 41°53′21″N 87°41′17″W / 41.8892°N 87.6881°W / 41.8892; -87.6881Coordinates: 41°53′21″N 87°41′17″W / 41.8892°N 87.6881°W / 41.8892; -87.6881
Connections Local Transit Chicago Transit Authority
Platforms 1 side platform, 1 island platform
Tracks 3
Parking Yes
Other information
Opened 1900
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Owned by Metra
Fare zone A
Preceding station   Metra   Following station
toward Fox Lake
Milwaukee District North
Milwaukee District West
(Closed 2006)
toward Antioch
North Central Service

Western Avenue is the name of a railroad station owned by Metra, located in the West Town community area[1] of Chicago, Illinois near Western Avenue. The station is 2.9 miles (4.7 km) away from Union Station, the inbound terminus of the line.[2] Western Avenue station serves the Milwaukee District/West, North Central Service and Milwaukee District/North lines, and is the last inbound stop for these three lines before the terminus at Union Station. Although it is not a station stop, Amtrak trains make frequent use of the tracks. These Amtrak routes are the Hiawatha Service to Milwaukee and the Empire Builder service to Seattle/Portland. The station was previously used by the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad. Located near the station are the California Coach Yard, and the Western Avenue Rail Yard. The two nearby rail yards are host to Metra's final EMD F40Cs. Just east of the station there is a large junction. This is where the Union Pacific West Line Metra tracks to Ogilvie Transportation Center join. The Western Avenue tracks cross over the West Line tracks and run parallel to them. About a mile later, the lines split again as the West Line tracks continue to Ogilvie. The junction is controlled by the nearby A-2 tower.

Bus connections[edit]


  • #49 Western (Owl Service)
  • #65 Grand


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