Jackson station (CTA Red Line)

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Busker at Roosevelt Red Line Stop.jpg
Location 230 South State Street
Chicago, Illinois 60604
Coordinates 41°52′41″N 87°37′39″W / 41.878153°N 87.627596°W / 41.878153; -87.627596
Owned by City of Chicago
Platforms 1 Island platform
Tracks 2
(Via Jackson/Dearborn)

(Via Harold Washington Library – State/Van Buren)
  Purple Line weekday rush hours only
Structure type Subway
Bicycle facilities Yes
Disabled access Yes
Opened October 17, 1943
Rebuilt 1989–91 (Adams-Jackson mezzanine), 1996–2000 (Jackson-Van Buren mezzanine), 2002–04 (platform)
Passengers (2015) 3,389,970[1]Increase 0.9%
Rank 12 out of 143[a]
Preceding station   Chicago "L"   Following station
toward Howard
Red Line
  Tunnel transfer  
toward O'Hare
Blue Line
Transfer at: Jackson
toward Forest Park
  Walking farecard transfer  
One-way operation
Brown Line
toward Kimball
One-way operation
Orange Line
toward Midway
One-way operation
Purple Line
toward Linden
Pink Line
toward 54th/Cermak
Route map
State Street
Red Line
north to Howard
Adams Street
Jackson Boulevard
Van Buren Street
Congress Parkway
Red Line
south to 95th/Dan Ryan

Jackson (also Jackson/State) is a subway station on the Chicago Transit Authority's 'L' system, serving the Red Line in the Chicago Loop. Free transfers to Blue Line trains are available at this station via a lower level transfer tunnel to the Jackson/Dearborn subway station and farecard transfers to Purple, Orange, Brown and Pink Line trains are available through the Harold Washington Library–State/Van Buren Loop Elevated station.

Jackson station in 2004 after renovation was completed

Like the Washington station, the northern extension of which was reconfigured as the Lake station, Jackson was originally double-length, with a third station mezzanine at Van Buren Street and Congress Parkway. The Van Buren-Congress mezzanine was closed on January 6, 1984, following the closure of the South Loop's main anchor, Sears, which had a direct entrance from the mezzanine. At the same time, the south end of the Jackson platform beyond the Jackson-Van Buren mezzanine was closed off with a plywood wall and both the platform area and mezzanine now remain, but abandoned. The street level entrances to the Van Buren-Congress mezzanine were removed when State Street was remodeled in 1997, replaced with access through grates, which can be seen on the sidewalks between Van Buren Street and Congress Parkway.

Jackson on the Red Line (and Blue Line) has been recognized as the station(s) with the most thefts by NBC Chicago.[citation needed]

Underground pedestrian tunnel connecting the Red and Blue Lines in the Loop area in Chicago.
Note the lights are artificial, not sunlight from windows.

Bus connections[edit]


  • 1 Bronzeville/Union Station
  • 2 Hyde Park Express
  • 6 Jackson Park Express
  • 7 Harrison
  • 10 Museum of Science and Industry
  • 29 State
  • 36 Broadway
  • 62 Archer (Owl Service)
  • 126 Jackson
  • 146 Inner Drive/Michigan Express
  • 147 Outer Drive Express
  • 151 Sheridan

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. ^ "Annual Ridership Report – 2015" (PDF). Chicago Transit Authority Ridership Analysis and Reporting. January 13, 2016. Retrieved May 29, 2016. 

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