Ravenswood station

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Location4800 North Ravenswood Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60640
Coordinates41°58′06″N 87°40′27″W / 41.9684°N 87.6743°W / 41.9684; -87.6743Coordinates: 41°58′06″N 87°40′27″W / 41.9684°N 87.6743°W / 41.9684; -87.6743
Owned byMetra
Platforms2 side platforms
ConnectionsLocal Transit CTA Buses
Other information
Fare zoneB
Rebuilt1970, 2012–current[1]
Passengers (2018)2,630 (average weekday)[2]
Rank3 of 236[2]
Preceding station Metramlogo.svg Metra Following station
Rogers Park
toward Kenosha
Union Pacific / North Clybourn
toward Ogilvie
Former services
Preceding station Chicago and North Western Railway Following station
toward Milwaukee
Milwaukee Division Northcenter
toward Chicago

Ravenswood is a railroad station on the North Side of Chicago serving Metra's Union Pacific/North Line. It is located at 4800 North Ravenswood Avenue, just south of West Lawrence Avenue. A previous Ravenswood station was located at Wilson Avenue, but was replaced with the station at the current location,[3] opposite the Chicago and North Western Railway's Ravenswood Accounting Office & Carload Tracing Bureau, which were housed in a building at 4801 North Ravenswood Avenue.[citation needed] In Metra's zone-based fare system, Ravenswood is in zone B. Ravenswood station is near the eastern edge of the Chicago neighborhood also known as Ravenswood and the western edge of Uptown.

The station consists of two side platforms, and does not contain a ticket agent booth. Northbound trains stop on the west platform and southbound trains stop on the east platform. Many express trains skip Ravenswood during rush hours; however, all weekend passenger trains stop at the station. Trains go south to Ogilvie Transportation Center and as far north as Kenosha, Wisconsin. It is the busiest station on the UP/North Line and will be rebuilt starting in the fall of 2010 as part of a project that includes replacing 12 bridges along this line.[4] The new station was expected to be completed by May 2014,[5] but construction is still ongoing.

The Damen 'L' station on CTA's Brown Line is three blocks to the west, while the closest Red Line station is Lawrence, located about 0.8 miles (1.3 km) east of Ravenswood station.

As of 2018, Ravenswood is the 3rd busiest non-downtown Metra station, with an average of 2,630 weekday boardings.[2]

Bus and rail connections[edit]

CTA Brown Line


  • 81 Lawrence (Owl Service)


  1. ^ "Metra breaks ground on new station in Ravenswood". Chicago Sun-Times. September 5, 2012. Archived from the original on July 26, 2014. Retrieved July 23, 2014.
  2. ^ a b c "Commuter Rail System Station Boarding/Alighting Count: Summary Results Fall 2018" (PDF). Metra Rail. Retrieved 24 July 2019.
  3. ^ Unger, Rudolph (November 14, 1958). "Boost Affects 40,000 Daily". Chicago Tribune. p. 8. Retrieved September 13, 2018 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  4. ^ Wronski, Richard (July 16, 2010). "Bridge rebuilding will mean changes for Metra commuters". Chicago Tribune. Archived from the original on July 19, 2010. Retrieved July 26, 2010.
  5. ^ Patty Wetli (January 15, 2014). "Metra Aiming for May Opening of New Ravenswood Station". DNAInfo Chicago. Archived from the original on August 12, 2014. Retrieved July 23, 2014.

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