Morse station

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Morse station 2012.jpg
Location 1358 West Morse Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60626
Coordinates 42°00′29″N 87°39′57″W / 42.00819°N 87.66595°W / 42.00819; -87.66595
Owned by Chicago Transit Authority
Platforms 1 island platform
Tracks 4
Structure type Embankment
Parking Street parking
Bicycle facilities Yes
Opened May 16, 1908
Rebuilt 1921, 2012
Previous names Rogers Park, Morse-Rogers Park
Passengers (2015) 1,636,238[1]Decrease 1.2%
Rank 42 out of 143[a]
Preceding station   Chicago "L"   Following station
North Side Main Line
toward Howard
Red Line
Route map
Purple Line Express
north to Linden
Red Line
north to Howard
Lunt Ave.
Morse Ave.
Purple Line Express
south to Loop
Red Line
south to 95th/Dan Ryan

Morse is an 'L' station on the CTA's Red Line. It is located at 1358 West Morse Avenue in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. The station was formerly known as Rogers Park or Morse-Rogers Park. There is an entrance/exit on West Morse Avenue, as well as an exit on Lunt Avenue.


The station was first constructed in 1908, and was rebuilt in 1921 as the line was elevated. This mostly brick and concrete station remains today, although the station was extensively renovated in 2012. The wooden platform was replaced with a new concrete platform, and the interior of the Morse Avenue station house was completely gutted and rebuilt. During this time, the station house was also expanded into an unused adjacent retail space. Shortly after this renovation, an empty storefront adjacent to the Lunt Avenue exit was demolished, and a bicycle parking lot was constructed in its place.

Each year since 2001 the Glenwood Arts Festival,[2] has been held on Glenwood Avenue, which includes live music, pop-up art shops, and local food vendors.

Stroller controversy[edit]

A northbound train enters the station, passing close to the metal guardrail. The stroller is alleged to have struck a similar railing as the train left the station.
The southbound railing was replaced during the investigation.

On November 2, 2009, an incident occurred at the Morse station involving a child in a stroller; the incident is under some dispute. Ebere Ozonwu claimed that as she was rushing to catch a southbound train, pushing her daughter ahead of her in a stroller, the train's doors closed on the stroller and dragged it, eventually flinging her daughter onto the gravel at the end of the platform and carrying the stroller away.[3] Traces of paint found on the stroller, possibly from the guardrail at the end of the platform, seemed to confirm this story, but the operator claimed that the doors were carefully checked and the train could not have moved if the doors were not closed.[4]


The Morse station is at the heart of the Rogers Park neighborhood on Chicago's North Side. The station is 12 mile (0.80 km) east of the Rogers Park Metra commuter railroad station on Lunt Avenue and 12 mile (0.80 km) west of Lake Michigan.

Several businesses are housed in the building containing the station. Under the Morse Avenue viaduct are Morse El Liquors and Leni Blumyin.

Many businesses have claimed the corner of the Morse Red Line, Morse Avenue and Glenwood Avenue as home. Pub 626 [5] occupies the northeast corner of Morse and Glenwood. The family-owned Heartland Cafe is located at 7000 North Glenwood Avenue. There are also multiple markets, bodegas, and small corner stores scattered within a half block radius of Morse.

Rogers Park Social [6] recently moved into a building on Glenwood Avenue.

The Morse station is also walking distance of multiple schools:

  • Eugene Field Elementary School [7]
  • George B. Armstrong International Studies [8]
  • Northside Catholic Academy [9]
  • New Field Elementary School [10]
  • Chicago Math and Science Academy [11]

Many murals have been painted on the sides of the rail line, on Glenwood Avenue, as well as underneath the tracks on Morse and Lunt Avenue, called the Miles of Murals. [12]

Bus connections[edit]


  • 96 Lunt
  • 155 Devon


Transit Cards were initially used as payment, which riders could refill with money at all transit stops. CTA changed to Ventra Cards on July 1, 2014, as official payment for all transit system.

A one-way trip on the train to any stop, whether it be on the Red Line, or a free transfer to any other conjoined rail line, is $2.50. Transfers within 2 hours are 25 cents. Ventra Cards can be purchased at local drugstores, underneath any train station, and through a credit card which can be used as a venture card, immediately taking money out of a passenger's account when it is tapped on the payment pad before getting on the platform.

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. ^ Glenwood Arts Festival
  3. ^ St Clair, Stacy (November 5, 2009). "Stroller allegedly caught in CTA train doors appears to be unscathed". Chicago Tribune. 
  4. ^ "Topic Galleries". Chicago Tribune. 
  5. ^ Pub 626
  6. ^ Rogers Park Social
  7. ^ Eugene Field Elementary School
  8. ^ George B. Armstrong International Studies
  9. ^ Northside Catholic Academy
  10. ^ New Field Elementary School
  11. ^ Chicago Math and Science Academy
  12. ^ "MILE OF MURALS : A Rogers Park Project". Retrieved 2016-11-28. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Morse (CTA) at Wikimedia Commons