Harlem/Lake station

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20041122 09 CTA Green Line L Harlem Ave..jpg
Location 1 South Harlem Avenue
Forest Park, Illinois 60130
Coordinates 41°53′13″N 87°48′17″W / 41.88706°N 87.80486°W / 41.88706; -87.80486
Owned by Chicago Transit Authority
Platforms 1 Island platform
Tracks 2
Connections at Oak Park
CTA Buses
Pace Buses
Structure type Elevated
Disabled access Yes
Opened October 28, 1962
Rebuilt 1996
Previous names Harlem Terminal
Passengers (2014) 1,278,581[1]Increase 4.1%
Rank 58 out of 143[a]
Preceding station   Chicago "L"   Following station
Terminus Green Line
toward Elburn
Union Pacific West
Transfer at: Oak Park
toward Ogilvie
Route map
Circle Ave.
Harlem Ave. Oak Park      Forest Park
Maple Ave.
North Blvd.
Marion St.
South Blvd.
Oak Park             Metra UP / West Line
Green Line
east to Ashland/63rd and Cottage Grove

Harlem/Lake, also known as simply Harlem, is a station on the Chicago Transit Authority's 'L' system, serving the Green Line. It is the northwestern terminus of the Green Line.


The station opened on October 28, 1962 and was formerly called Harlem Terminal. The Lake Street Elevated went further through Oak Park and was built to Marion Street in 1901 and extended just a few blocks west past Harlem Avenue into Forest Park on May 20, 1910. It was built at street-level and the tracks also paralleled the adjacent Chicago & North Western Railroad and the street-level operation began to result a number of crossing accidents for both railroads, typically due to pedestrians and wagon drivers failing to take note of approaching trains. Neither the "L" nor the C&NW had any type of crossing protection originally. Harlem/Lake was a consolidation of the Forest Park and Marion stations.


The station is located at 1 South Harlem Avenue and is the northwestern terminus of the Green Line. Though the station is officially named Harlem/Lake, Lake Street does not intersect with the station; the station is located at Harlem Avenue and South Boulevard. The station is adjacent to the Oak Park Metra commuter railroad station. It is located over the Oak Park and Forest Park boundary line at Harlem Avenue.

Bus and rail connections[edit]


  • #90 Harlem


  • #305 Cicero-River Forest
  • #307 Harlem
  • #309 Lake Street
  • #313 St. Charles Road
  • #318 West North Avenue
  • #757 Northwest Connection


See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]


  1. ^ Due to possible double-counting of physically-connected stations, the CTA's official 2014 tally of stations was 145, but for ridership purposes reported having only 143 stations.


  1. ^ "Monthly Ridership Report – December 2014" (PDF). Chicago Transit Authority Ridership Analysis and Reporting. 5 March 2015. Retrieved 18 April 2015. 

External links[edit]

Harlem destination sign