Paulina station

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Chicago 'L' rapid transit station
Paulina CTA 20101003.jpg
Platforms at Paulina station
Location3410 North Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60657
Coordinates41°56′37″N 87°40′15″W / 41.943722°N 87.670858°W / 41.943722; -87.670858Coordinates: 41°56′37″N 87°40′15″W / 41.943722°N 87.670858°W / 41.943722; -87.670858
Owned byChicago Transit Authority
Line(s)Ravenswood Branch
Platforms2 Side platforms
Structure typeElevated
Bicycle facilitiesyes
Disabled accessYes
Other information
StatusTemporarily Closed
OpenedMay 18, 1907[1]
ClosedSept. 2, 1973 – October 17, 1973, December 30th 2020 (Due to Refurbishment)
Previous namesPaulina/Lincoln (Station Sign)
2019849,667[2]Decrease 0.6%
Rank81 out of 143
Preceding station Chicago "L" Following station
toward Kimball
Brown Line Southport
Track layout
Lincoln Ave.
Brown Line
west to Kimball
Paulina St.
Brown Line
east to Loop

Paulina is an 'L' station on the Chicago Transit Authority's Brown Line. It is an elevated station with two side platforms, located at 3410 North Lincoln Avenue (3400 N; 1700 W), in Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood, close to Roscoe Village. The stations that are adjacent to Paulina are Addison, about three eighths of a mile (0.6 km) to the northwest and Southport, about three eighths of a mile (0.6 km) to the east.


Paulina Station opened in 1907 as part of the Northwestern Elevated Railroad's Ravenswood branch. The station closed on September 2, 1973, but reopened on October 17 of the same year. Upon reopening, the station was only open on weekdays from 6:30 AM to 6:30 PM. On November 29, 1987, the station returned to full operational status and was open at all times the Ravenswood Line operated.[3]

Brown Line Capacity Expansion Project

Paulina prior to reconstruction, July 2006

The Brown Line Capacity Expansion Project aims to allow eight car trains on the Brown Line by the extension of the platforms at all stations. This was due to the fact that there was not enough physical space in the smaller car trains for people to fit in them during the morning rush hour, causing people to wait for another train, sometimes two.[3] At the same time all Brown Line stations are being rebuilt to meet ADA requirements. As part of this project, Paulina Station closed on March 30, 2008 for demolition and replacement with a new station.[4] The new station opened on April 3, 2009.

Notes and references



  1. ^ "New 'L' Line Operated". Chicago Daily Tribune. May 19, 1907. p. 11.
  2. ^ "Monthly Ridership Report – December 2019" (PDF). Chicago Transit Authority, Ridership Analysis and Reporting. January 13, 2020. Retrieved March 19, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ a b Paulina. Chicago-"L".org (URL accessed October 17, 2006).
  4. ^ Paulina CTA: Countdown to a New Brown website (URL accessed October 17, 2006).

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