Racine (CTA Blue Line station)

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For the abandoned station on the Green Line, see Racine (CTA Green Line station).
Racine station.jpg
Location 430 South Racine Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60607
Coordinates 41°52′33″N 87°39′34″W / 41.87592°N 87.659458°W / 41.87592; -87.659458
Owned by Chicago Transit Authority
Platforms 1 island platform
Tracks 2
Structure type Surface Level
Opened June 22, 1958
Passengers (2014) 757,731[1]Increase 0.8% (CTA)
Rank 91 out of 143[a]
Preceding station   Chicago "L"   Following station
toward O'Hare
Blue Line
toward Forest Park
Route map
Blue Line
to O'Hare
Racine Ave.
Loomis St.
Blue Line
to Forest Park

Racine is a station on the Chicago Transit Authority's 'L' system, serving the Blue Line. The station serves the Near West Side neighborhood and the western end of the UIC campus.


The station opened on June 22, 1958 and is almost identical to every other station built in the median of the Eisenhower Expressway, including an island platform, a small station house on Racine's and Loomis's overpass containing only a ticket booth and turnstiles and a long passageway ramp connecting the two.


Racine sits at the base of the Loomis ramp, a double-tracked section of track that rises from the freeway to join the Douglas Branch north of 18th Street station. Prior to April 28, 2008, the Blue Line split into two branches here. Trains to Forest Park continued west in the Congress Expressway, while the other trains took the Loomis Ramp onto the Douglas Line to operate to 54th/Cermak. After April 28, 2008, the Douglas Branch service was discontinued and replaced with the Pink Line. The Loomis Ramp remains intact, as the sole method of moving rolling stock on and off the Blue Line.


The station is located at 430 South Racine Avenue and gives access to the University Village neighborhood and the western end of the UIC campus. It is in the Eisenhower Expressway median at surface level. The Loomis Street entrance to the Racine station is located near Whitney M. Young Magnet High School and Andrew Jackson Language Academy.

Bus connections[edit]


  • #7 Harrison
  • #60 Blue Island/26th (Owl Service)
  • #126 Jackson


  • #755 Plainfield-IMD Express

Notes and references[edit]


  1. ^ Due to possible double-counting of physically-connected stations, the CTA's official 2014 tally of stations was 145, but for ridership purposes reported having only 143 stations.


  1. ^ "Monthly Ridership Report – December 2014" (PDF). Chicago Transit Authority Ridership Analysis and Reporting. March 5, 2015. Retrieved 17 April 2015. 

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