Monroe station (CTA Blue Line)

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Monroe-Dearborn Station 2.jpg
Location 114 South Dearborn Street
Chicago, Illinois 60603
Coordinates 41°52′51″N 87°37′46″W / 41.880703°N 87.629378°W / 41.880703; -87.629378
Owned by City of Chicago
Platforms 1 island platform
Tracks 2
Structure type Subway
Depth 47 ft
Bicycle facilities Yes
Opened February 25, 1951
Passengers (2015) 2,240,798[1]Increase 6% (CTA)
Rank 22 out of 143[a]
Preceding station   Chicago "L"   Following station
toward O'Hare
Blue Line
toward Forest Park
Route map
Dearborn St.
Blue Line
north to O'Hare
Madison St.
Monroe St.
Marble Pl.
Adams St.
Blue Line
south to Forest Park

Monroe (also Monroe/Dearborn) is a subway station on the Chicago Transit Authority's 'L' system, serving the Blue Line. It is located in the Chicago Loop, Chicago's downtown district.


Monroe-Dearborn Station.jpg

Although the work on the station under Dearborn Street began in March 1939, the construction of the Milwaukee-Dearborn Subway and the station was suspended in 1941 because of wartime material shortages. Therefore, commuters had to wait ten years for the station to open. Monroe opened on February 25, 1951, fourteen years after being ordered by the Chicago Rapid Transit Company in 1937.

In 1969, the stairs to the northwest corner of Dearborn Street and Monroe Street were closed to allow the construction of the First National Bank Building and Plaza (renamed the Chase Tower) after the completion of a new entry was added in the lower level of the tower to the station. Monroe station was completely refurbished in 1982, but was not designed to be accessible to the handicapped.

Bus connections[edit]


  • J14 Jeffery Jump
  • 20 Madison (Owl Service)
  • 22 Clark
  • 24 Wentworth
  • 28 Stony Island (during weekday rush hours)
  • 36 Broadway
  • 60 Blue Island/26th (Owl Service)
  • 62 Archer (Owl Service)
  • 124 Navy Pier
  • 126 Jackson
  • 130 Museum Campus (Summer Service Only)
  • 151 Sheridan
  • 157 Streeterville/Taylor

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 11, 2016. 

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