47th station (CTA Green Line)

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Chicago 'L' rapid transit station
47th CTA Green Line.jpg
Location314 East 47th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60653
Coordinates41°48′34″N 87°37′09″W / 41.80940°N 87.61909°W / 41.80940; -87.61909
Owned byChicago Transit Authority
Line(s)South Side Elevated
Platforms2 Side platforms
Tracks2 tracks
ConnectionsCTA bus
Structure typeElevated
Bicycle facilitiesYes
Disabled accessYes
OpenedAugust 15, 1892[1]
Rebuilt1982, 1996
Passengers (2017)373,918[2]Decrease 5.1%
Rank121 out of 143
Preceding station   Chicago "L"   Following station
toward Harlem/Lake
Green Line

47th is a station on the Chicago Transit Authority's 'L' system, located in the Grand Boulevard community area of Chicago, Illinois and serving the Green Line. It is situated at 314 E 47th Street, three blocks east of State Street. It opened on August 15, 1892, when South Side Elevated Railroad extended its service south to serve the Chicago World's Fair in 1893.


The original station, designed by Myron H. Church, was a brick building with some Queen Anne-style elements. 47th is typical of the other South Side Elevated Railroad elevated stations and consists of two side docks covered with tin canopies.

In July 1959, auxiliary exit stairs were added to the station to streamline passenger traffic on the wharves.

In the early 1980s, it was decided that, given its state of disrepair, the station was to be completely replaced. In July 1981, a US$1 million project began with the demolition of the station's main entrance. In December of that same year, the southbound platform was reopened, and work began on the north platform. On May 7, 1982, it reopened in a much more utilitarian form than the original station, and normal service was resumed.

On February 21, 1993, the South Side Englewood-Jackson Park Line, formerly associated with the line to Howard to the north, is diverted by the Loop and Lake Street towards its current terminus of Harlem.

On January 9, 1994, the Green Line closed for a two-year rehabilitation. All stations on the line, including 47th, closed for renovation. Since 47th had been rebuilt in 1982, the station was only repainted and two elevators were built to make it accessible to people with disabilities. 47th station reopened with the rest of the Green Line on May 12, 1996.

Bus connections[edit]


  • 47 47th
The station in 1973

Notes and references[edit]



  1. ^ "More for a Nickel". Chicago Daily Tribune. August 16, 1892. p. 1.
  2. ^ "Annual Ridership Report – Calendar Year 2017" (PDF). Chicago Transit Authority, Ridership Analysis and Reporting. January 31, 2018. Retrieved July 29, 2018.

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