Harold Washington Library–State/Van Buren station

Coordinates: 41°52′37″N 87°37′42″W / 41.876862°N 87.628196°W / 41.876862; -87.628196
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Harold Washington Library
State/Van Buren
Chicago 'L' rapid transit station
General information
Location1 West Van Buren Street
Chicago, Illinois 60605
Coordinates41°52′37″N 87°37′42″W / 41.876862°N 87.628196°W / 41.876862; -87.628196
Owned byChicago Transit Authority
Line(s)Loop Elevated
Platforms2 Side platforms
ConnectionsRed at Jackson
Blue at Jackson
Structure typeElevated
Bicycle facilitiesYes
OpenedOctober 3, 1897; 126 years ago (1897-10-03)
ClosedSeptember 2, 1973; 50 years ago (1973-09-02)
June 22, 1997; 26 years ago (1997-06-22)
Previous namesState/Van Buren
Library-State/Van Buren
2020376,074[1]Decrease 65.1% (CTA)
Rank65 out of 143
Preceding station Chicago "L" Following station
LaSalle/Van Buren
toward Midway
Orange Line Roosevelt
One-way operation
LaSalle/Van Buren
toward Linden
Purple Line
One-way operation
LaSalle/Van Buren Pink Line
LaSalle/Van Buren
One-way operation
Brown Line Adams/Wabash
toward Kimball
Former services
Preceding station Chicago North Shore and Milwaukee Railroad Following station
LaSalle/Van Buren
One-way operation
North Shore Line Congress/Wabash
Preceding station Chicago "L" Following station
Dearborn/Van Buren
Closed 1949
Next clockwise
Loop Elevated Adams/Wabash
Next counter-clockwise

Harold Washington Library-State/Van Buren, (formerly Library-State/Van Buren, formerly State/Van Buren), is an 'L' station serving the CTA's Brown, Orange, Pink, and Purple Lines. Originally, the station was to have direct access to the second floor of the Harold Washington Library building, but this direct connection was never built. Farecard transfers are also available at the station for the Red and Blue Lines via the Jackson/State and Jackson/Dearborn subway stations, respectively. It was originally known as State/Van Buren when it first opened in 1897. The original station closed on September 2, 1973, along with six other stations, due to low ridership, and demolished in 1975.[2] The new station was rebuilt and reopened on June 22, 1997 in order to serve the Harold Washington Library.[3] The Chicago Transit Authority board voted unanimously on Wednesday, October 6, 2010, to rename the station to its current name.[4]

Bus connections[edit]

View of Library-State/Van Buren from Dearborn Street


  • 2 Hyde Park Express (Weekday Rush Hours only)
  • 6 Jackson Park Express
  • 10 Museum of Science and Industry (Memorial Day-Labor Day Only)
  • 22 Clark (Owl Service)
  • 24 Wentworth (Weekdays only)
  • 29 State
  • 36 Broadway
  • 62 Archer (Owl Service)
  • 146 Inner Lake Shore/Michigan Express
  • 147 Outer DuSable Lake Shore Express


  1. ^ "Annual Ridership Report – Calendar Year 2020" (PDF). Chicago Transit Authority, Ridership Analysis and Reporting. January 19, 2021. Retrieved May 31, 2021.
  2. ^ Buck, Thomas (September 2, 1973). "CTA Shutting Down 7 Rapid Transit Stations Today". Chicago Tribune. p. 5.
  3. ^ Hilkevitch, Jon (June 18, 1997). "Library Going on CTA Line - New Rail Station to Bring Riders Right Next to Books". Chicago Tribune. p. 3.
  4. ^ Hilkevitch, Jon. "'L' stop named for Mayor Harold Washington". Chicago Breaking News. Chicago Tribune. Retrieved October 7, 2010.

External links[edit]

Media related to Harold Washington Library-State/Van Buren (CTA) at Wikimedia Commons