South Boulevard station

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South Boulevard
Looking south at the South Boulevard switch.jpg
Location 602 South Boulevard
Evanston, Illinois 60202
Coordinates 42°01′41″N 87°40′45″W / 42.02792°N 87.67919°W / 42.02792; -87.67919
Owned by Chicago Transit Authority
Platforms 1 Island platform
Tracks 2
Connections CTA bus
Structure type Elevated
Opened July 1, 1931
Previous names Calvary Station (Replacement)
Passengers (2015) 254,618[1]Decrease 1.8%
Rank 139 out of 143[a]
Preceding station   Chicago "L"   Following station
toward Linden
Purple Line
toward Howard or The Loop
Route map
Purple Line
north to Linden
Team track lead
South Blvd.
Purple Line
south to Howard or Loop

South Boulevard (shortened to South Blvd) is a station on the Chicago Transit Authority's 'L' system, on the Purple Line at 602 South Boulevard in Evanston, Illinois (directional coordinates 525 north, 500 west).

In 1931, the old Calvary station was replaced by South Boulevard and it was opened on July 1, 1931. Designed by Arthur U. Gerber, South Boulevard consists of a winding central platform to the shape of the street that overlooks. It is now very similar to the original station, only catenary maintained by steel arches disappeared in 1973 during the installation of an electric rail to the ground while the lighting was renewed in 1998. For the rest, except for renovation from 2004 to 2005, the structure has not changed.


The current station has been in place since July 1, 1931, when it replaced the Calvary Cemetery stop to the south,[2] to better serve the developing residential area directly to the north of the cemetery. The station has only received little renovation since then, like new lighting and signage.

The closure of the South Boulevard station (along with Foster) appeared as part of three of the CTA's six potential options for the renovation of the Purple Line and northern section of the Red Line.[3][4]

Bus connections[edit]


  • 205 Chicago/Golf

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. ^ "South Boulevard Station to Be Opened Today". The Evanston Review. July 1, 1931. p. 24. 
  3. ^ Bullington, Jonathan (January 25, 2011). "CTA considers chopping two Evanston stations". TribLocal Evanston. Retrieved January 26, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Environmental Impact Statement Scoping Information" (PDF). North Red and Purple Modernization Project. Chicago Transit Authority. Retrieved January 28, 2011. 

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