California station (CTA Blue Line)

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For other 'L' stations on the Chicago Transit Authority named California, see California (disambiguation) § CTA stations.
California station 2014.jpg
Location 2211 North California Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60647
Coordinates 41°55′19″N 87°41′49″W / 41.921939°N 87.69689°W / 41.921939; -87.69689Coordinates: 41°55′19″N 87°41′49″W / 41.921939°N 87.69689°W / 41.921939; -87.69689
Owned by Chicago Transit Authority
Platforms 2 Side platforms
Tracks 2
Structure type Elevated
Bicycle facilities Yes
Opened May 25, 1895
Rebuilt 2014
Passengers (2015) 1,604,799[1]Increase 22.5% (CTA)
Rank 44 out of 143[a]
Preceding station   Chicago "L"   Following station
toward O'Hare
Blue Line
toward Forest Park

California is a station on the Chicago Transit Authority's 'L' system, serving the Blue Line, on North California Avenue near West Fullerton Avenue in the Logan Square neighborhood. From California, trains run every 2–7 minutes during rush-hour periods, and take 12 minutes to reach the Loop.[citation needed] It is not to be confused with the California Station on the Blue Line's Congress Branch, which permanently shuttered its doors in 1973.

Along with Damen and Western, this station opens at a side platform, unlike all other Blue Line stations.


entrance to the station in 2014

California station opened on May 25, 1895 as part of the Metropolitan West Side Elevated's Logan Square branch. In the summer of 2008, a temporary entrance immediately to the north of the station house was utilized for two weeks in order to renovate the station house. After stripping the interior, and removing the joist-supported wooden floor, the former crawl space was filled with gravel and covered by a concrete slab, the surface of which was patterned to imitate cobblestone. The repositioned agent box and farecard vending machines substantially increased the pedestrian traffic efficiency through the station house.[citation needed]

The station was closed during September and October 2014 for major repairs, but the renovation plans did not include retrofitting the stop so that the elevated platform would be accessible to disabled passengers. The re-opening ceremony on October 16 was attended by dignitaries including Rahm Emanuel and Dick Durbin.[2][3]

Station layout[edit]

Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Northbound Blue Line toward O'Hare (Logan Square)
Southbound Blue Line toward Forest Park (Western)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
G Street level Entrance/Exit

Bus connections[edit]


  • 52 Kedzie/California
  • 56 Milwaukee

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. ^ "Monthly Ridership Report – December 2015" (PDF). Chicago Transit Authority Ridership Analysis and Reporting. January 11, 2016. Retrieved March 11, 2016. 
  2. ^ Hilkevitch, Jon (13 October 2014), "Blue Line's California station to reopen Thursday", Chicago Tribune, retrieved 17 April 2015 
  3. ^ Swartz, Tracy (16 October 2014), "CTA California Blue Line stop opens to fanfare", RedEye, Chicago Tribune, retrieved 17 April 2015 

External links[edit]

Street entrance.