Roosevelt station (CTA)

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Roosevelt Station on the Red Line.jpg
Roosevelt/State's Red Line subway platform
Location 1167 South State Street
Chicago, Illinois 60605
Coordinates 41°52′03″N 87°37′39″W / 41.867368°N 87.627402°W / 41.867368; -87.627402
Owned by City of Chicago
Platforms 2 Island platforms (Elevated and subway)
Tracks 4
Connections at Museum Campus/11th Street station
Structure type Subway and elevated
Bicycle facilities Yes
Disabled access Yes
Opened Elevated: June 6, 1892
Subway: October 17, 1943
Rebuilt Elevated: 1993
Subway: 1996
Passengers (2015) 3,816,017[1]Decrease 3.2%
Rank 8 out of 143[a]
Preceding station   Chicago "L"   Following station
toward Howard
Red Line
toward Harlem/Lake
Green Line
One-way operation
Orange Line
toward Midway
toward The Loop
Route map
State Street
Red Line
north to Howard
Green and Orange Line
north to Harlem/Lake and Loop
Roosevelt Road
Red Line
south to 95th/Dan Ryan
Green and Orange Line south
to Ashland/63rd, Cottage Grove,
and Midway

Roosevelt is a station on the Chicago Transit Authority's 'L' system, located in between the Chicago Loop and the Near South Side in Chicago, Illinois. It is situated at 1167 S State Street, just north of Roosevelt Road, and serves the Red, Green and Orange lines. The station is also the closest 'L' station to the Museum Campus of Chicago and Soldier Field, which are about 12 mile (800 m) to the east. The Museum Campus/11th Street Metra station is also about 13 mile (500 m) to the east.

History and description[edit]

Elevated station[edit]

Roosevelt/Wabash elevated platform

An elevated station at Roosevelt Road opened on June 6, 1892, as part of the Chicago and South Side Rapid Transit Railroad, the first elevated rapid transit line in Chicago.[2] From 1919 to 1963 interurban trains of the North Shore Line also used the station. 'L' service through the station was discontinued in 1949 when CTA routed all trains from the Englewood and Jackson Park branches through the State Street Subway, using the 13th street portal, forming the North-South Route (a precursor of today's Red Line), and following the bankruptcy of the North Shore Line in 1963 the station was closed completely and demolished. 'L' service resumed passing the site of the original station in 1969 when the CTA began to route Dan Ryan trains into the Loop and a new elevated station was constructed in 1993 as part of the construction of the Orange Line.

Subway station[edit]

The subway station at Roosevelt Road opened on October 17, 1943, as part of the State Street Subway.[3] In 1993, when the new elevated station was constructed it was intended that there should be a direct link to the subway, however, due to lack of money this was not initially built. In 2002, the stations were finally linked as a single facility through the Roosevelt transfer tunnel.

Bus connections[edit]

CTA Buses[4]

  • 12 Roosevelt
  • 18 16th/18th
  • 29 State
  • 62 Archer (Owl Service)
  • 130 Museum Campus
  • 146 Inner Drive/Michigan Express
  • 192 University of Chicago Hospitals 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. ^ "Annual Ridership Report – 2015" (PDF). Chicago Transit Authority Ridership Analysis and Reporting. January 13, 2016. Retrieved May 29, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Running on the "L."". Chicago Daily Tribune. June 7, 1892. p. 9. 
  3. ^ Shinnick, William (October 17, 1943). "Chicago Underground—A Subway at Last!". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. C1. 
  4. ^ "Roosevelt". Chicago Transit Authority. Retrieved October 11, 2012. 

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