Lawrence station (CTA)

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Location 1117 West Lawrence Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60640
Coordinates 41°58′09″N 87°39′31″W / 41.969139°N 87.658493°W / 41.969139; -87.658493
Owned by Chicago Transit Authority
Platforms 1 island platform
Tracks 4
Structure type Embankment
Bicycle facilities Yes
Opened February 27, 1923
Rebuilt 1995, 2012
Passengers (2015) 1,139,764[1]Decrease 0.6%
Rank 65 out of 143[a]
Preceding station   Chicago "L"   Following station
toward Howard
Red Line
Route map
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]

Closure for modernization project[edit]

Closure of the Lawrence station (along with Thorndale, and Jarvis on the Red Line and South Boulevard and Foster on the Purple Line) is 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]

Bus connections[edit]


  • 36 Broadway
  • 81 Lawrence (Owl Service)

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. 
  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. 

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