Lawrence station (CTA)

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Chicago 'L' rapid transit station
Location1117 West Lawrence Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60640
Coordinates41°58′09″N 87°39′31″W / 41.969139°N 87.658493°W / 41.969139; -87.658493
Owned byChicago Transit Authority
Line(s)North Side Main Line
Platforms1 island platform
Structure typeEmbankment
Bicycle facilitiesYes
OpenedFebruary 27, 1923
Rebuilt1995, 2012
Passengers (2017)1,149,858[1]Increase 0.1%
Rank61 out of 143
Preceding station Chicago "L" Following station
toward Howard
Red Line Wilson
Track layout
Purple Line Express
north to Linden
Red Line
north to Howard
Lawrence Ave.
Purple Line Express
south to Loop
Red Line
south to 95th/Dan Ryan

Lawrence is an 'L' station on the Chicago Transit Authority's Red Line. It is an elevated station located at 1117 West Lawrence Avenue in the Uptown neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. The adjacent stations are Argyle, located about 13 mile (0.54 km) to the north, and Wilson, about 14 mile (0.40 km) to the south. Four tracks pass through the station, with a single island platform in the center of the tracks; Purple Line weekday rush hour express service use the outside tracks and do not stop.

Lawrence station is located in the historic Uptown entertainment district. Nearby attractions include the Aragon Ballroom, the Green Mill Jazz Club, the Riviera Theater, and the Uptown Theatre.


Lawrence station opened in 1923, shortly after the Northwestern Elevated Railroad was elevated between Wilson and Howard. The original station house was demolished and replaced with a temporary structure in 1995.[2]

Red & Purple Modernization Project

Closure of the Lawrence station (along with Thorndale, and Jarvis on the Red Line and South Boulevard and Foster on the Purple Line) was proposed in three of the CTA's six potential options for the renovation of the Purple Line and northern section of the Red Line.[3] In two plans, the station would be replaced by a new auxiliary entrance at Ainslie from Argyle, while in the third replacement would be by an auxiliary entrance at Winona from a new subterranean station at Foster.[4]

As part of Phase I of the Red & Purple Modernization Project, The station will close for reconstruction beginning in late 2020 and will reopen by the end of 2024.[5]

Bus connections


  • 36 Broadway
  • 81 Lawrence (Owl Service)

Notes and references



  1. ^ "Annual Ridership Report – Calendar Year 2017" (PDF). Chicago Transit Authority, Ridership Analysis and Reporting. January 31, 2018. Retrieved July 29, 2018.
  2. ^ Lawrence. Chicago-"L".org (URL accessed September 24, 2006).
  3. ^ Roberts, Bob (January 27, 2011). "CTA Riders Voice Their Opinions". CBS Retrieved January 28, 2011.
  4. ^ "Environmental Impact Statement Scoping Information" (PDF). North Red and Purple Modernization Project. Chicago Transit Authority. Retrieved January 28, 2011.
  5. ^

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