Linden station (CTA)

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Location 349 Linden Avenue
Wilmette, Illinois 60091
Coordinates 42°04′26″N 87°41′26″W / 42.07379°N 87.69056°W / 42.07379; -87.69056Coordinates: 42°04′26″N 87°41′26″W / 42.07379°N 87.69056°W / 42.07379; -87.69056
Owned by Chicago Transit Authority
Platforms 1 Island platform
Tracks 2
Structure type At-grade
Parking Aiga parking inv.svg 328 Spaces
Bicycle facilities Yes
Disabled access Yes
Opened April 2, 1912[1]
Rebuilt 1991–93
Previous names Linden-Wilmette (Station Sign)
Passengers (2017) 311,242[2]Decrease 3%
Rank 130 out of 143
Preceding station   Chicago "L"   Following station
Evanston Branch
TerminusPurple Line
toward Howard
Purple Line
  Former services  
TerminusEvanston Line
toward Howard
One-way operation
Evanston Line
One-way operation
Linden Avenue Terminal
Linden Gerber 060801.jpg
The original Linden Station
Built 1912
Architect Arthur Gerber
Architectural style Prairie School
NRHP reference # 84001002
Added to NRHP 1984
Route map

Purple Line
south to Howard or Loop

Linden is an 'L' station and the northern terminus of CTA's Purple Line. It is the only 'L' stop in Wilmette, Illinois, and is located at 349 Linden Avenue.


Linden destination sign

The original station opened in 1912, with a station house designed by Arthur Gerber added in 1913.[3] In 1984, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places.[4] A new station was built close to the original station from October 1991 until September 1993; the original station house has since been converted into retail space.


The station is located at 349 Linden Avenue in Wilmette, Illinois. It is the northernmost 'L' station in the CTA system, and it is the only remaining station on the Purple Line at ground level after the line descends from the elevated embankment shortly after crossing the North Shore Channel and entering Wilmette. An older station, the Linden Avenue Terminal, remains; it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The station is only a few blocks west of the Bahá'í House of Worship, and is about a mile east of Metra's Wilmette station.

Bus connections[edit]


  • 421 Wilmette Avenue (weekday rush hours only)
  • 422 Linden CTA/Glenview/Northbrook Court (weekdays only)
  • 423 Linden CTA/The Glen/Harlem CTA (weekdays only)

Notes and references[edit]



  1. ^ "Night Raid Puts "L" in Wilmette". Chicago Daily Tribune. April 3, 1912. p. 9.
  2. ^ "Annual Ridership Report – Calendar Year 2017" (PDF). Chicago Transit Authority, Ridership Analysis and Reporting. January 31, 2018. Retrieved July 29, 2018.
  3. ^ "Linden". Chicago-"L".org. Retrieved 2006-12-07.
  4. ^ Cook County Listings at the National Register of Historic Places

External links[edit]

Media related to Linden (CTA) at Wikimedia Commons