Monroe station (CTA Red Line)

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Monroe Station, CTA, Chicago.jpg
Location 26 South State Street
Chicago, IL 60603
Coordinates 41°52′51″N 87°37′40″W / 41.880745°N 87.627696°W / 41.880745; -87.627696
Owned by City of Chicago
Platforms 1 Island Platform
Tracks 2
Structure type Subway
Bicycle facilities Yes
Opened October 17, 1943
Passengers (2015) 3,487,284[1]Increase 8.4%
Rank 11 out of 143[a]
Preceding station   Chicago "L"   Following station
toward Howard
Red Line
toward Howard
Red Line
Route map
State St.
Red Line
north to Howard
Madison St.
Monroe St.
Marble Pl.
Adams St.
Red Line
south to 95th/Dan Ryan

Monroe (also Monroe/State) is an 'L' station on the CTA's Red Line. The station opened on October 17, 1943, as part of the State Street Subway. The station is located in the Chicago Loop, and is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


Monroe station has retained many of its original features from its opening in 1943, such as the officers cabins, some auxiliary signaling and the Madison-Monroe mezzanine, which is named for the crossing of Madison Street and Monroe Street. Until October 2006, there was a station between Monroe and Lake: Washington/State station. Washington/State is located near Monroe. Passengers can walk onto the closed station platform from Monroe.

In 2009, The CTA put new station wall signs over the old blue station wall signs in order to better direct people to the mezzanines.

The station gives direct access to the adjacent Carson, Pirie, Scott and Company Building, a National Historic Landmark and Chicago Landmark that is also part of the Loop Retail Historic District.[2]

Bus connections[edit]


  • 2 Hyde Park Express
  • 6 Jackson Park Express
  • 10 Museum of Science and Industry
  • J14 Jeffery Jump
  • 20 Madison (Owl Service)
  • 24 Wenthworth
  • 29 State
  • 36 Broadway
  • 56 Milwaukee
  • 60 Blue Island/26th (Owl Service)
  • 62 Archer (Owl Service)
  • 146 Inner Drive/Michigan Express
  • 147 Outer Drive Express
  • 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. ^ "Annual Ridership Report – 2015" (PDF). Chicago Transit Authority Ridership Analysis and Reporting. January 13, 2016. Retrieved May 29, 2016. 
  2. ^ Monroe/State Station (Chicago-'L'.org)

External links[edit]

Media related to Monroe/State (CTA) at Wikimedia Commons