Kedzie station (CTA Brown Line)

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For other 'L' stations named Kedzie, see Kedzie (CTA).
Kedzie cta brown line.jpg
Location 4648 North Kedzie Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60625
Coordinates 41°57′58″N 87°42′34″W / 41.966099°N 87.709426°W / 41.966099; -87.709426
Owned by Chicago Transit Authority
Platforms 1 island platform
Tracks 2
Structure type At-grade
Disabled access Yes
Opened December 14, 1907
Rebuilt 1975, 2006
Passengers (2015) 645,571[1]Decrease 4.2%
Rank 97 out of 143[a]
Preceding station   Chicago "L"   Following station
Brown Line
toward Belmont or The Loop
Route map
Brown Line
west to Kimball
Spaulding Ave.
Kedzie Ave.
Brown Line
east to Loop

Kedzie is an 'L' station on the CTA's Brown Line. It is a surface level station located in Chicago's Albany Park neighborhood at 4648 North Kedzie, with an auxiliary entrance at 4649 North Spaulding Avenue. The adjacent stations are Kimball, the terminus of the line about one third of a mile (0.536 km) to the north west, and Francisco, which is located about one third of a mile (0.536 km) to the east.

This station was the site of a fatal 1977 accident involving an intoxicated Korean immigrant who was electrocuted by the third rail while attempting to urinate on the track. The CTA was found 50% responsible and the $1.5 million judgment against them was eventually affirmed by the Illinois Supreme Court in 1992.[2] The majority opinion noted that there was evidence before the trial court that this particular stretch of railroad line is one of the only railroad lines in the United States that uses an unprotected, unguarded, and unfenced third rail.


Kedzie Station before rebuilding
Newly rebuilt Kedzie Station House

Kedzie Station was originally constructed in 1906/07 as part of Northwestern Elevated Railroad's Ravenswood line. The station house was replaced in 1975, and the whole station was demolished and rebuilt in 2006 as part of the Brown Line Capacity Expansion Project. The new station, which opened on August 16, 2006, can support eight railcars, and is ADA compliant. On October 1, 2009, the parking lot for this station was closed.[3]

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. ^ "Monthly Ridership Report – December 2015" (PDF). Chicago Transit Authority Ridership Analysis and Reporting. January 11, 2016. Retrieved March 23, 2016. 
  2. ^ Lee v. Chicago Transit Authority, 152 Ill.2d 432, 605 N.E.2d 493 (1992).
  3. ^ "Customer Alert: Kedzie Park & Ride Closure". Chicago Transit Authority. Retrieved 28 March 2010. 

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