Wilmette (Metra station)
|Address||722 Green Bay Road
Wilmette, Illinois 60091
|Connections|| Pace Buses
Green Bay Bike Trail
|Platforms||2 side platforms|
Wilmette is the name of a commuter railroad station in Wilmette, Illinois, U.S. that is served by Metra's Union Pacific/North Line. Trains go south to Ogilvie Transportation Center and as far north as Kenosha, Wisconsin. Travel time to Ogilvie is 31 minutes on local trains, and as little as 27 minutes on morning inbound trains and 22 minutes on one afternoon inbound train. In Metra's zone-based fare system, Wilmette is in zone C.
The station is located at Green Bay Road and Washington Avenue in Wilmette's central business district. It is also in close proximity to the Wilmette Village Hall. Northbound trains stop on the west platform and Chicago-bound trains stop on the east platform. The closest CTA Purple Line station is Linden, about a mile away.
The first railroad station in Wilmette opened in 1871 at a cost of $700. In 1875, it took 30 minutes to get to Chicago (about the same as now), and the fare was 11 cents (adult one-way tickets cost $3.05 in 2006). The former station has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1975.
The present Metra station in Wilmette opened in 2001. As of 2004, it was the 29th busiest station in the Metra system (which had 240 stations at the time), with an average of more than 1,300 weekday boardings.
- #213 Green Bay Road
- #421 Wilmette Avenue
- #422 Linden CTA/Glenview/Northbrook Court
- Cary, Joan. "Railroads retain their importance." Chicago Tribune 4 Feb. 2004: NS-24.
- Cook County Listings at the National Register of Historic Places
- Chicago and North-Western Passenger Depot (Wilmette Historic Preservation Commission)
- Metra - Wilmette
- Station from Central Avenue from Google Maps Street View
- Station from Lake Avenue from Google Maps Street View