Ravenswood station

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General information
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
ConnectionsChicago "L": Damen (Brown Line)
Local Transit CTA Buses
Disabled accessNo
Other information
Fare zoneB
Rebuilt1970, 2012–current[1]
20182,630 (average weekday)[2]Decrease 3.3%
Rank3 out 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
Future services
Preceding station Metramlogo.svg Metra Following station
Peterson Ridge
Under construction
toward Kenosha
Union Pacific North Clybourn
toward Ogilvie

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. As of 2018, Ravenswood is the third busiest of Metra's 236 non-downtown stations, with an average of 2,630 weekday boardings.[2] 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. 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.

As of April 25, 2022, Ravenswood is served by all 35 trains in each direction on weekdays, by 12 of 13 trains in each direction on Saturdays, and by all nine trains in each direction on Sundays. During the summer concert season, the extra weekend train to Ravinia Park also stops here.

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.

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. April 2019. Archived from the original (PDF) on 26 May 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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