Thorndale station (CTA)

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Chicago 'L' rapid transit station
Location1118 West Thorndale Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60660
Coordinates41°59′24″N 87°39′33″W / 41.990133°N 87.659082°W / 41.990133; -87.659082
Owned byChicago Transit Authority
Line(s)North Side Main Line
Platforms1 island platform
Structure typeEmbankment
Bicycle facilitiesYes
OpenedFebruary 14, 1915[1]
Rebuilt1921, 2012
Passengers (2017)992,142[2]Decrease 2.9%
Rank70 out of 143
Preceding station Chicago "L" Following station
toward Howard
Red Line Bryn Mawr
Track layout
Purple Line Express
north to Linden
Red Line
north to Howard
Thorndale Ave.
Purple Line Express
south to Loop
Red Line
south to 95th/Dan Ryan

Thorndale is an 'L' station on the CTA's Red Line. It is located at 1118 West Thorndale Avenue in the Edgewater neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. The adjacent stations are Granville, located about one quarter mile to the north, and Bryn Mawr, about one half mile to the south. Four tracks pass through the station, but there is only a single island platform in the center of the tracks; Purple Line weekday rush hour express service use the outside tracks but do not stop at this station. Thorndale is named for the Thorndale station in the community of the same name, which is west of Philadelphia. Many of the streets (and thus CTA stations) in the Edgewater neighborhood are named after stops on the former PRR Main Line.[3]


A temporary station opened at Thorndale in 1915. This was replaced with a permanent station built to a design by architect Charles P. Rawson in 1921 as part of a project by the Northwestern Elevated Railroad to raise the tracks between Wilson and Howard onto an embankment.[4]


Closure of the Thorndale station (along with Lawrence, and Jarvis on the Red Line and South Boulevard and Foster on the Purple Line) was proposed in of three of the CTA's six potential options for the renovation of the Purple Line and northern section of the Red Line.[5] In two plans, the station would be replaced by new auxiliary entrances at Glenlake from Granville and Hollywood from Bryn Mawr. In the third, replacement would be by auxiliary entrances at Elmdale from a new subterranean station at Glenlake and at Hollywood from a new station at Bryn Mawr.[6]

Bus connections


  • 36 Broadway [7]

Notes and references



  1. ^ "New "L" Station Opened". Chicago Daily Tribune. February 15, 1915. p. 15.
  2. ^ "Annual Ridership Report – Calendar Year 2017" (PDF). Chicago Transit Authority, Ridership Analysis and Reporting. January 31, 2018. Retrieved July 29, 2018.
  3. ^ History of streets in Edgewater
  4. ^ Garfield, Graham. "Thorndale". Chicago "L".org. Retrieved 2008-08-22.
  5. ^ Roberts, Bob (January 27, 2011). "CTA Riders Voice Their Opinions". CBS Retrieved January 28, 2011.
  6. ^ "Environmental Impact Statement Scoping Information" (PDF). North Red and Purple Modernization Project. Chicago Transit Authority. Archived from the original (PDF) on January 24, 2011. Retrieved January 28, 2011.
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