Racine station (CTA Blue Line)

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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 (2015) 733,620[1]Decrease 3.2% (CTA)
Rank 93 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 viaduct that rises from the expressway to join the Douglas Branch north of Polk 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 to the Douglas branch to operate to 54th/Cermak. After April 28, 2008, the Douglas Branch service was discontinued and replaced by the Pink Line. Although the Loomis Ramp no longer is used for revenue service, it remains intact as the only track connection between the Blue Line and the rest of the system, allowing for non-revenue equipment moves.


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 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. 

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