Racine station (CTA Blue Line)

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Chicago 'L' rapid transit station
Racine station.jpg
Location430 South Racine Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60607
Coordinates41°52′33″N 87°39′34″W / 41.87592°N 87.659458°W / 41.87592; -87.659458
Owned byChicago Transit Authority
Line(s)Forest Park Branch
Platforms1 island platform
Structure typeExpressway median
OpenedJune 22, 1958
Passengers (2017)655,557[1]Decrease 2.8% (CTA)
Rank92 out of 143
Preceding station   Chicago "L"   Following station
toward O'Hare Pictograms-nps-airport.svg
Blue Line
toward Forest Park
Blue Line
Various Special Services
Former services
Preceding station   Chicago "L"   Following station
toward O'Hare Pictograms-nps-airport.svg
Blue Line
toward 54th/Cermak
Route map
Blue Line
to O'Hare Pictograms-nps-airport.svg
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. When construction or another means of traffic obstruction occurs on the Pink Line between Polk and Ashland, trains are routed via the Loomis Ramp to Racine, where they terminate.


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. ^ "Annual Ridership Report – Calendar Year 2017" (PDF). Chicago Transit Authority, Ridership Analysis and Reporting. January 31, 2018. Retrieved July 29, 2018.

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