55th–56th–57th Street station

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55th-56th-57th Street
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An inbound Metra Electric train of Highliner cars (left) and an outbound South Shore Line train (right) meeting
Location 55th to 57th Streets,
at Lake Park Avenue
Hyde Park, Chicago, Illinois
Coordinates 41°47′36″N 87°35′15″W / 41.793354°N 87.587476°W / 41.793354; -87.587476Coordinates: 41°47′36″N 87°35′15″W / 41.793354°N 87.587476°W / 41.793354; -87.587476
Platforms 2 island platforms
Tracks 4
Connections CTA Bus
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Fare zone B (Metra)
2 (South Shore)
Rebuilt 2002
Passengers (2014) 1,677 (avg. weekday) (Metra)[1]
Rank 17 out of 236 (Metra)[1]
Preceding station   Metra   Following station
Metra Electric District
South Shore Line

55th–56th–57th Street is a commuter rail station in Hyde Park, Chicago that serves the Metra Electric Line north to Millennium Station and south to University Park, Blue Island, and South Chicago; and the South Shore Line to Gary and South Bend, Indiana. The South Shore Line calls the station 57th Street. It is the closest station to the Museum of Science and Industry, and also serves the residential neighborhood adjoining the University of Chicago.

The South Shore Line began stopping at 57th Street on October 16, 1966, at noon.[2] Prior to this, the South Shore Line had stopped at 53rd Street. The switch was made to better serve the University of Chicago and the Museum of Science and Industry.[3]

This station, and the adjacent 53rd Street station, were rebuilt in 2002 with concrete platforms to replace wooden platforms built in the 1920s.[citation needed]

Until November 2014 (when the staffed station closed), this was the only station along the route outside of Downtown Chicago's two main stations that had a staffed ticket office, as many express trains on both lines stop at the station and is the South Side's main station.

Bus connections[edit]


  • 15 Jeffery Local
  • 28 Stony Island
  • 55 Garfield (Owl Service)
  • 170 University of Chicago/Midway
  • 171 University of Chicago/Hyde Park


  1. ^ a b Metra (Spring 2014). "Commuter Rail System Station Boarding/Alighting Count" (PDF). 
  2. ^ "South Shore Switches Stop to 57th Street". Chicago Tribune. October 16, 1966. p. 2 Section 4. 
  3. ^ "Move Stops 4 Blocks Is Railway Plea". Chicago Tribune. June 12, 1966. p. 2 Section 10. 

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