Rockwell station (CTA)

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Location 4648 North Rockwell Street
Chicago, Illinois 60625
Coordinates 41°57′58″N 87°41′41″W / 41.966208°N 87.694720°W / 41.966208; -87.694720
Owned by Chicago Transit Authority
Platforms 1 island platform
Tracks 2
Structure type At-grade
Disabled access Yes
Opened December 14, 1907
Rebuilt 2006
Passengers (2015) 564,549[1]Decrease 1.9%
Rank 103 out of 143[a]
Preceding station   Chicago "L"   Following station
toward Kimball
Brown Line
toward Belmont or The Loop
Route map
Brown Line
west to Kimball
Rockwell St.
Brown Line
east to Loop

Rockwell is an 'L' station on the CTA's Brown Line. It is a surface level station with a single island platform, located in Chicago's Lincoln Square neighborhood. The adjacent stations are Francisco, which is located across the Chicago River about three eighths of a mile (0.6 km) to the west, and Western, located about a one quarter mile (0.4 km) to the east. Rockwell is the last station on the surface section of the Brown Line; between Rockwell and Western the line ascends and runs on elevated tracks for the rest of the route.


Rockwell is a surface level station with a single entrance/exit situated at 4648 North Rockwell Street between Leland Avenue and Eastwood Avenue in the Lincoln Square neighborhood of Chicago.[2] The area surrounding the station consists of mostly residential single family homes or two-flats, with a small neighborhood shopping district flanking the station entrance on Rockwell Street.[3]


Rockwell opened December 14, 1907 as part of Northwestern Elevated Railroad's Ravenswood branch.[4] The design of the original station house and platform canopy were similar to those that still exist at the neighboring Francisco Station. As part of the CTA's Brown Line Capacity Expansion Project the station was closed on February 20, 2006,[5] demolished and rebuilt. The new, ADA compliant, Rockwell station opened on August 16, 2006.[6]

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 23, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Rockwell Station". CTA website. Chicago Transit Authority. Retrieved 2013-12-22. 
  3. ^ City of Chicago Zoning Map (Map). Chicago Department of Zoning. 2010. 
  4. ^ Borzo, Greg (2007). The Chicago "L". Arcadia Publishing. p. 133. ISBN 978-0-7385-5100-5. 
  5. ^ "Rockwell, Kedzie stations close today". Chicago Tribune: RedEye Edition. 2006-02-20. 
  6. ^ "Brown Line stops to reopen". Chicago Tribune: RedEye Edition. 2006-08-16. 

External links[edit]

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The original Rockwell Station in 2005