Cermak–McCormick Place station

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McCormick Place
20150321 36 CTA Green Line @ Cermak McCormick Place station.jpg
Location 12 E. Cermak Chicago, Illinois
Coordinates 41°51′11″N 87°37′35″W / 41.8531548°N 87.626423°W / 41.8531548; -87.626423Coordinates: 41°51′11″N 87°37′35″W / 41.8531548°N 87.626423°W / 41.8531548; -87.626423
Owned by Chicago Transit Authority
Platforms 2 side platforms (original station)
1 island platform (rebuilt station)
Tracks 2 tracks
Structure type Elevated
Disabled access Yes
Opened June 6, 1892 (original station)
February 8, 2015 (rebuilt station)
Closed September 9, 1977
Rebuilt 1907, 2013–15
Previous names 22nd Street (1892–1933)
Cermak (1933–1977)
Passengers (2017) 476,387[1]Increase 5.4%
Rank 109 out of 143
Preceding station   Chicago "L"   Following station
South Side Elevated
toward Harlem/Lake
Green Line
toward Howard
Red Line
Rush period special
toward Ashland/63rd

Cermak–McCormick Place is a station on the Chicago Transit Authority's Green Line. The station, designed by Chicago-based Ross Barney Architects and engineered by Primary Consultant T.Y. Lin International, is located at Cermak Road and State Street in the Near South Side neighborhood of Chicago. The station includes three entrances – one on each side of Cermak Road and one at 23rd Street. The main station entrance is built on the north side of Cermak road.[2]

The new station replaced the original Cermak station that opened on June 6, 1892, closed on September 9, 1977, and was demolished in 1978.[3] The new, fully accessible infill station was engineered and constructed into and around the existing, historic elevated rapid transit structure while maintaining full transit service. The station's signature element is the structural steel tube that serves as a windbreak for passenger boarding areas.[4] Both the former and the new station are situated south of Roosevelt/Wabash and north of 35th–Bronzeville–IIT.

On January 17, 2012, Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel announced at a press conference that the Cermak station would be rebuilt in order to serve McCormick Place.[5][6] The $50 million investment is also intended to boost the development of residential neighborhoods in the City's Near South Side and revitalize the adjacent historic Motor Row District. A groundbreaking ceremony for the new station was held on August 29, 2013.[7][8] The new Cermak-McCormick Place Green Line station opened on February 8, 2015.[9][10]

Bus Connections[edit]


  • 21 Cermak

Notes and references[edit]



  1. ^ "Annual Ridership Report – Calendar Year 2017" (PDF). Chicago Transit Authority, Ridership Analysis and Reporting. January 31, 2018. Retrieved July 29, 2018.
  2. ^ "Mayor Emanuel breaks ground for $50M Cermak Avenue Green Line Station". REJournals.com. 2 September 2013. Retrieved 18 September 2014.
  3. ^ Garfield, Graham. "Cermak". Chicago-L.org. Retrieved April 2, 2010.
  4. ^ "Cermak-McCormick Place Green Line Station". Public Works Magazine. Retrieved 3 February 2017.
  5. ^ "Mayor Emanuel Opens Newly-Renovated Grand Avenue Red Line Station" (Press release). City of Chicago. January 17, 2012. Retrieved January 17, 2012.
  6. ^ "Emanuel to announce two new CTA stations". abclocal.go.com. January 17, 2012. Retrieved January 17, 2012.
  7. ^ "Construction begins on CTA Cermak Green Line station". ABC Inc., WLS-TV Chicago. August 29, 2013. Retrieved August 29, 2013.
  8. ^ Swartz, Tracy (25 August 2014). "On the CTA, summer construction season rolls into fall". Archived from the original on 8 September 2014. Retrieved 18 September 2014.
  9. ^ "Cermak-McCormick Place". Chicago Transit Authority. Retrieved February 7, 2015.
  10. ^ Hilkevitch, Jon (February 9, 2015). "Long-awaited Cermak-McCormick Place Green Line station opens". The Chicago Tribune. Retrieved February 12, 2016.