Chicago (CTA Brown and Purple Lines station)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
For other 'L' stations on the Chicago Transit Authority named Chicago, see Chicago (CTA).
Chicago station.jpg
Location 300 West Chicago Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60610
Coordinates 41°53′47″N 87°38′09″W / 41.896467°N 87.635833°W / 41.896467; -87.635833
Owned by Chicago Transit Authority
  Purple Line weekday rush hours only
Platforms 2 Side platforms
Tracks 2
Structure type Elevated
Disabled access Yes
Opened May 31, 1900[1]
Rebuilt 2006–08
Passengers (2015) 1,993,032[2]Decrease 4.3%
Rank 31 out of 143[a]
Preceding station   Chicago "L"   Following station
toward Kimball
Brown Line
toward The Loop
toward Linden
Purple Line
Route map
Brown Line and Purple Line Exp.
north to Kimball and Linden
Chicago Ave.
Superior St.
Brown Line and Purple Line Exp.
south to Loop
Chicago (CTA Brown and Purple Lines station) is located in Chicago
Chicago (CTA Brown and Purple Lines station)

Chicago (sometimes Chicago/Franklin, correctly read and announced Chicago and Franklin) is an elevated station on the Chicago Transit Authority's 'L' system, located in the Near North Side neighborhood at 300 W Chicago Avenue at West Chicago Avenue and North Franklin Street in Chicago, Illinois (directional coordinates 800 north, 300 west). The station opened in 1900 as part of the original series of stations on the Northwestern Elevated. There is a high density of art galleries and several schools in the vicinity of the station, including the Moody Bible Institute.

Chicago/Franklin serves the Brown Line, but Purple Line Express trains also stop at the station during weekday rush hours.

Station layout[edit]

The original station house was on the north side of Chicago Avenue. Beyond the turnstiles were staircases which led up to the two long side platforms. The Chicago platforms were unusually long, starting just north of Chicago Avenue and curving along the track before straightening out just south of Chicago Avenue. Early in the station's history, it not only served 'L' trains but North Shore Line interurbans as well, requiring longer platforms which could berth eight car trains. The number of tracks also decreased from four to two just north of Chicago, meaning the two track, two side platform station had to provide the same capacity as a four track, two island platform station like Belmont or Fullerton. In the decades prior to the Brown Line Capacity Expansion Project, the northern, curved parts of the platforms were blocked off to passenger use; trains stopped south of Chicago Avenue along the straighter portion of the track which was long enough for eight-car trains. There were exit-only turnstiles to Superior Street on the south end of both platforms, along with an auxiliary exit to the south side of Chicago Avenue on the southbound platform.

The Chicago station received major renovations as part of the Brown Line Capacity Expansion Project. The station houses were constructed above street level on the south side of Chicago Avenue alongside each platform. The original, historic station house will be restored and used for support systems. The exits to Superior Street have been rebuilt and reconfigured: each exit now has multiple entrance/exit turnstiles and wider staircases leading down to Superior Street. The canopies were refurbished and moved south, over the operational part of the platform. Additionally, with the installation of elevators at each station house, the station is now ADA compliant.[3]

Bus connections[edit]


  • 37 Sedgwick
  • 66 Chicago (Owl Service)

See also[edit]

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. ^ "Room for All to Ride". Chicago Daily Tribune. May 30, 1900. p. 12. 
  2. ^ "Monthly Ridership Report – December 2015" (PDF). Chicago Transit Authority Ridership Analysis and Reporting. January 11, 2016. Retrieved March 23, 2016. 
  3. ^ Countdown to a New Brown - Chicago Avenue Station. Chicago Transit Authority. 2008-09-21. Retrieved on 2009-07-27.

External links[edit]