Damen station (CTA Brown Line)

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Damen CTA brown line station 20130217.jpg
Location 4643–47 North Damen Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60640
Coordinates 41°57′59″N 87°40′44″W / 41.966398°N 87.679004°W / 41.966398; -87.679004
Owned by Chicago Transit Authority
Platforms 2 Side platforms
Tracks 2
Connections CTA Buses
Structure type Elevated
Bicycle facilities Yes
Disabled access Yes
Opened May 18, 1907[1]
Rebuilt 2007–08
Previous names Robey Street
Passengers (2015) 835,779[2]Increase 2.9%
Rank 85 out of 143[a]
Preceding station   Chicago "L"   Following station
Ravenswood Branch
toward Kimball
Brown Line
Brown Line
toward Belmont
Brown Line
Rush period special
(6-7 a.m.)
One-way operation
One-way operation
Brown Line
Rush period special
(7-9 a.m.)
toward Midway Pictograms-nps-airport.svg
Route map
Brown Line
west to Kimball
Damen Ave.
Brown Line
east to Loop

Damen is an 'L' station on the CTA's Brown Line. It is an elevated station with two side platforms, located at 4643–47 North Damen Avenue in Chicago's Ravenswood neighborhood. The adjacent stations are Western, which is located about one half mile (0.8 km) to the west, and Montrose, about one half mile (0.8 km) to the southeast. Located three blocks east is the Ravenswood Metra station on the commuter railroad's Union Pacific/North Line.


The station before reconstruction

Damen Station opened in 1907 as part of Northwestern Elevated Railroad's Ravenswood line.[3] The station was originally named Robey for the original name of the street on which it is located.[3] During CTA's AB-Skip-Stop Service on the Brown Line, from 1949 to 1995, Damen was an "A" station.

Brown Line Capacity Expansion Project[edit]

The Brown Line Capacity Expansion Project aims to allow eight car trains on the Brown Line by the extension of the platforms at all stations. At the same time all Brown Line stations are being upgraded to meet ADA requirements. On November 26, 2007, Damen Station closed for twelve months to be rebuilt as part of this project. It retained many of its historic features during reconstruction, however,[4] and reopened on December 19, 2008.[5]

Bus and rail connections[edit]


  • 50 Damen


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. ^ "New 'L' Line Operated". Chicago Daily Tribune. May 19, 1907. p. 11. 
  2. ^ "Monthly Ridership Report – December 2015" (PDF). Chicago Transit Authority Ridership Analysis and Reporting. January 11, 2016. Retrieved March 23, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b Damen. Chicago-L.org (URL accessed October 17, 2006).
  4. ^ Damen. CTA: Countdown to a New Brown website (URL accessed October 17, 2006).
  5. ^ "Mayor Daley, CTA Officials Commemorate the Reopening of the Irving Park and Damen Stations" (Press release). Chicago Transit Authority. December 6, 2008. Retrieved 28 March 2010. 

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