Damen station (CTA Blue Line)

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Chicago 'L' rapid transit station
Damen Station.jpg
Location1558 North Damen Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60622
Coordinates41°54′35″N 87°40′39″W / 41.909744°N 87.677437°W / 41.909744; -87.677437Coordinates: 41°54′35″N 87°40′39″W / 41.909744°N 87.677437°W / 41.909744; -87.677437
Owned byChicago Transit Authority
Line(s)O'Hare Branch
Platforms2 Side platforms
Structure typeElevated
Bicycle facilitiesYes; Bicycle shed for 50 (2009)
OpenedMay 6, 1895[1]
Previous namesRobey Street
20192,023,150[2]Decrease 2.4% (CTA)
Rank26 out of 143
Preceding station Chicago "L" Following station
toward O'Hare Pictograms-nps-airport.svg
Blue Line Division
Former services
Preceding station Chicago "L" Following station
Western Logan Square Branch Division
Closed 1951
toward Marshfield
Closed 1952
toward Lawndale
Humboldt Park Branch Terminus
Track layout
Blue Line
northwest to O'Hare Pictograms-nps-airport.svg
LowerLeft arrowDamen Ave.
Damen tower
UpperLeft arrowNorth Ave.
Milwaukee Ave.
Blue Line
southeast to Forest Park

Damen is a station on the Chicago Transit Authority's 'L' system, serving the Blue Line. The station serves the popular and growing Bucktown and Wicker Park neighborhoods. It is the subject of Bert Monroy's famous image Damen. From Damen, trains run at intervals of 2–7 minutes during weekday rush hours, and take 8 minutes to reach the Clark/Lake station in the Loop.[citation needed]

Prior to 1952, the Humboldt Park Branch diverged from the line northwest of this station.[3]

On December 22, 2014, the Damen station reopened after a two-month shutdown for renovations, part of the CTA's $492 million "Your New Blue" project.[4]

Bus connections[edit]


  • 50 Damen
  • 56 Milwaukee
  • 72 North

Notes and references[edit]



  1. ^ "New "L" Road Opens". Chicago Daily Tribune. May 7, 1895. p. 12.
  2. ^ "Monthly Ridership Report – December 2019" (PDF). Chicago Transit Authority, Ridership Analysis and Reporting. January 13, 2020. Retrieved March 19, 2020. Cite has empty unknown parameter: |coauthors= (help)
  3. ^ Humboldt Park Branch (Chicago "L" org)
  4. ^ "CTA Damen L Station Reopens - 'It's Beautiful', Uber-using Commuter Says". Archived from the original on 2014-12-25. Retrieved 2014-12-25.

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