Francisco is an 'L' station on the CTA'sBrown Line. It is a surface level station with a single island platform, located in Chicago'sRavenswood Manor neighborhood at 4649 North Francisco Avenue. The adjacent stations are Kedzie, which is about one third of a mile (0.536 km) to the west, and Rockwell, located across the Chicago River about three eighths of a mile (0.6 km) to the east.
Francisco Station opened on December 14, 1907, as part of Northwestern Elevated Railroad's Ravenswood line. It had survived relatively intact until September 2006, when the station was closed for renovation.
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. Because of the historic nature of the station structures, Francisco Station was not completely rebuilt, as with the neighboring Kedzie and Rockwell stations. However, the platforms were rebuilt, an auxiliary entrance added on Sacramento Avenue, and the station house and canopy were renovated and upgraded. The station was closed from September 15, 2006, to March 9, 2007, to allow this work to be completed.