O'Hare station

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Location 10000 West O'Hare Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60666
Coordinates 41°58′52″N 87°54′03″W / 41.981127°N 87.900876°W / 41.981127; -87.900876
Owned by Chicago Transit Authority
Platforms 2 island platforms
Tracks 3
Connections Airport Transit System
Pace Buses
Structure type Underground
Bicycle facilities Yes
Disabled access Yes
Opened September 3, 1984
Passengers (2015) 4,053,704[1]Increase 15.3%
Rank 7 out of 143[a]
Preceding station   Chicago "L"   Following station
Terminus Blue Line
toward Forest Park
Route map
Blue Line
east to Forest Park

O'Hare is the 'L' station at the northwestern terminus of the CTA's Blue Line. It is a subway station with two island platforms serving three tracks, located at O'Hare International Airport, 17 miles (27 km) northwest of the Chicago Loop. The station is located underneath the O'Hare parking garage. Trains are scheduled to depart from O'Hare roughly every 2–7 minutes during rush-hour periods and take about 40 minutes to travel to the Loop. It is the westernmost station of the 'L' system. It is also the only CTA station without coordinates in Chicago's grid system, as O'Hare lines up with no street in the city. It is the only CTA terminal located in a subway and also is the only terminal where a premium fare applies and is the only terminal that does not directly connect to any CTA or Pace buses. It is also one of two terminals (the other being Dempster-Skokie on the Yellow Line) that does not have a yard assigned to it (the yard is located at Rosemont).


O'Hare station opened on September 3, 1984, as the terminus of an extension of the West-Northwest route from its former terminal at River Road.[2] It was built to a design by the architectural firm Murphy/Jahn.[3]

Introduction of premium fare[edit]

For the first 28 years of O'Hare station's operations, the fare passengers paid the same fare to enter it as they would at any other "L" station. The premium fare was imposed on O'Hare passengers in 2013; first (in January 2013), only passengers buying single-ride tickets had to pay the surcharge; by July of the same year, the surcharge was imposed on most other passengers (those using a Chicago Card or a Chicago Card Plus) as well.[4]


On March 24, 2014, a train approaching the station on the middle track collided with the bumper, then jumped the tracks and crashed into the escalators, injuring 32 people.[5] The station reopened on March 30, 2014, at 2:00 p.m.[6]

Bus and rail connections[edit]

Take Airport Transit System to Remote Parking Stop to access connections



  • 250 Dempster Street
  • 330 Manneheim/LaGrange Roads

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. 
  2. ^ Papajohn, George (September 4, 1984). "O'Hare's 'L' Service Gets Inaugural Cheer". Chicago Tribune. p. A1. 
  3. ^ Garfield, Graham. "O'Hare". Chicago-"L".org. Retrieved September 30, 2006. 
  4. ^ Hilkevitch, Jon (2013-07-01). "CTA ends break in extra charge for Blue Line trips from O'Hare: Chicago Card users join other riders in having to pay $5, but airport and airline workers still exempt". 
  5. ^ Commuter Train Derails at Chicago Airport (Yahoo News)
  6. ^ Schulte, Sarah (March 30, 2014). "CTA Blue Line O'Hare stop reopens Sunday following derailment". abclocal.com. Retrieved April 1, 2014. 

External links[edit]

Media related to O'Hare (CTA) at Wikimedia Commons