Berwyn station (CTA)

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Location 1121 West Berwyn Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60640
Coordinates 41°58′40″N 87°39′31″W / 41.977833°N 87.658683°W / 41.977833; -87.658683
Owned by Chicago Transit Authority
Platforms 1 island platform
Tracks 4
Structure type Embankment
Bicycle facilities Yes
Opened circa 1916–17
Rebuilt 1921, 2012
Previous names Edgewater Beach
Passengers (2015) 1,178,291[1]Decrease 0.2%
Rank 62 out of 143[a]
Preceding station   Chicago "L"   Following station
toward Howard
Red Line
Route map
Purple Line Express
north to Linden
Red Line
north to Howard
Berwyn Ave.
Purple Line Express
south to Loop
Red Line
south to 95th/Dan Ryan

Berwyn is an 'L' station on the CTA's Red Line. It is located at 1121 West Berwyn Avenue in the Edgewater neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois.[2] The adjacent stations are Bryn Mawr, located about 38 mile (0.60 km) to the north, and Argyle, about 13 mile (0.54 km) to the south. Four tracks pass through the station, but there is only single island platform in the center of the tracks; Purple Line weekday rush hour express service uses the outside tracks but does not stop at this station. Berwyn is named for the Berwyn station in the community of the same name, which is west of Philadelphia. Many of the roads (and thus CTA stations) in the Edgewater neighborhood are named after stations on the former PRR Main Line.[3]


The Northwestern Elevated Railroad extended its services north from Wilson to Central Street in Evanston in 1908, but they did not build a station at Berwyn Avenue until the tracks between Wilson and Howard were elevated onto an embankment between 1914 and 1922. This new station was built to a design by architect Charles P. Rawson; the date of opening is not known, but a station may have existed at Berwyn by 1917.[2] At the time of its opening the station was named Edgewater Beach Station; the name was changed to Berwyn in the late 1950s,[4] around about the time that Lake Shore Drive was extended from Foster Avenue to Hollywood Avenue destroying the namesake Edgewater beach.[5]


As part of Phase I of the Red Purple Modernization, which is slated to begin as early as 2017 providing funding is secured, Berwyn and Lawrence will temporarily be closed for a period of 3 to 4 years during which time the elevated structure and stations will be completely rebuilt.

The sign of the Berwyn CTA Station

Bus connections[edit]


  • 92 Foster[6]
  • 146 Inner Drive/Michigan Express[7]

Notes and references[edit]


  1. ^ Due to possible double-counting of physically-connected stations, the CTA's official 2015 tally of stations was 146, but for ridership purposes reported having only 143 stations.


  1. ^ "Annual Ridership Report – 2015" (PDF). Chicago Transit Authority Ridership Analysis and Reporting. January 13, 2016. Retrieved May 29, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b Garfield, Graham. "Berwyn". Chicago "L".org. Retrieved 2007-12-12. 
  3. ^ History of Edgewater street names
  4. ^ See: Garfield, Graham. "Route Maps". Chicago "L".org. Retrieved 2007-12-12. —the 1944 Rand McNally Street Guide refers to the station as Edgewater Beach, CTA system maps from the 1950s refer to the station as Edgewater Beach-Berwyn, by 1965 the CTA system maps just used Berwyn.
  5. ^ "Lake Shore Drive". Encyclopedia of Chicago. Retrieved 2007-12-12. 
  6. ^ "92 Foster: Route Information". Chicago Transit Authority. Retrieved July 29, 2010. 
  7. ^ "146 Inner Drive/Michigan Express". Chicago Transit Authority. Retrieved July 29, 2010. 

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