Quincy station (CTA)

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Quincy 220S-200W
Chicago 'L' rapid transit station
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Kimball-bound Brown Line train leaving Quincy in July 2018
Location220 South Wells Street,
Chicago, Illinois 60606
Coordinates41°52′44″N 87°38′01″W / 41.878752°N 87.633703°W / 41.878752; -87.633703
Owned byChicago Transit Authority
Line(s)Loop Elevated
Platforms2 side platforms
ConnectionsUnion Station
Structure typeElevated
Disabled accessYes
OpenedOctober 3, 1897
Rebuilt1985–1988 (Historic Restoration), 2016–18 (accessibility improvements, historic refurbishment)
Previous namesQuincy/Wells
Passengers (2017)2,222,453[1]Decrease 0.7%
Rank21 out of 143
Preceding station Chicago "L" Following station
LaSalle/Van Buren
One-way operation
Orange Line Washington/Wells
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LaSalle/Van Buren
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Orange Line
Rush period special
One-way operation
LaSalle/Van Buren
One-way operation
Purple Line
toward Linden
Pink Line Washington/Wells
LaSalle/Van Buren
toward Kimball
Brown Line Washington/Wells
One-way operation
Former services
Preceding station Chicago North Shore and Milwaukee Railroad Following station
LaSalle/Van Buren North Shore Line Madison/Wells
One-way operation
Preceding station Chicago "L" Following station
LaSalle/Van Buren
One-way operation
Loop Shuttle Madison/Wells
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Quincy is a rapid transit station on the Chicago Transit Authority's 'L' system. It is located between the Washington/Wells and LaSalle/Van Buren stations in the Loop. The station is located above the intersection of Quincy Street and Wells Street in downtown Chicago, Illinois. Having opened in 1897, it is one of the oldest surviving stations on the 'L' system.


Designed by Alfred M. Hedley from wood and stamped metal, Quincy opened on October 3, 1897. It retained much of its original surroundings over the years and is considered one of "150 great places in Illinois" by the American Institute of Architects.[2] The station is located in the South Loop Financial District and is the closest CTA rail station to the Willis Tower, approximately one block west. It is also close to Union Station, the terminal for several Metra and Amtrak routes and about three blocks west of Quincy, although the Clinton station on the Blue Line is closer.

Quincy is an elevated station, located above Quincy Street between Adams Street and Jackson Boulevard. It features two side platforms and station houses, one on the west to serve the Outer Loop track, and one on the east to serve the Inner Loop track. Turnstiles for fare payment are located in the station houses on the platform level. The station once had a transfer bridge, but this was removed in the 1980s. This means it is not possible to change from one platform to the other without paying another fare or asking for employee assistance. There are auxiliary exits to both Adams and Jackson on the Inner Loop platform, while the Outer Loop only has an auxiliary exit to Adams. There are also auxiliary exits to the mezzanine level from both platforms, all using Rotogates. There is also a "slam" gate at each exit for emergencies only. Unlike most Chicago "L" stations, the "slam" gates do not appear to have alarms. Both platforms are designed to handle eight-car trains, the longest the CTA 'L' system can run.

From 1985 to 1988, Quincy was restored to an appearance much as it would have looked when it opened. Some materials such as signage were changed, although several of the station's features are original to its 1897 opening.

A renovation project began at the station in 2016 and was completed in December 2018. The renovation added two new elevators to the station to make it accessible for people with disabilities, and other improvements include new stairs and new lights. The station remained open during the project.[3] The project was completed in December 2018.[4]

Train Services[edit]

In normal operation, the station is serviced by the Brown, Orange, and Pink Lines. During weekday rush hours, the Purple Line also stops here. Brown Line trains stop at the Outer Loop platform, while all other lines stop at the Inner Loop platform.

Bus connections[edit]


  • 1 Bronzeville/Union Station (Weekday Rush Hours only)
  • 7 Harrison (Weekdays only)
  • 28 Stony Island (Weekday Rush Hours only)
  • 37 Sedgwick (Weekdays only)
  • 126 Jackson
  • 134 Stokton/LaSalle Express (Weekday Rush Hours only)
  • 135 Clarendon/LaSalle Express (Weekday Rush Hours only)
  • 136 Sheridan/LaSalle Express (Weekday Rush Hours only)
  • 151 Sheridan
  • 156 LaSalle (Weekdays only)


Notes and references[edit]



  1. ^ "Annual Ridership Report – Calendar Year 2017" (PDF). Chicago Transit Authority, Ridership Analysis and Reporting. January 31, 2018. Retrieved July 29, 2018.
  2. ^ "Loop Elevated - Quincy Station". American Institute of Architects. Retrieved June 13, 2007.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-08-09. Retrieved 2016-06-10.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ https://www.transitchicago.com/mayor-emanuel-and-cta-announce-completion-of-modernization-work-to-historic-quincy-loop-station/

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