|Location||430 South Halsted Street
Chicago, Illinois 60607
|Owned by||Chicago Transit Authority|
|Platforms||1 island platform|
|Structure type||Expressway median|
|Opened||May 6, 1895 (Metropolitan Main Line); June 22, 1958 (Congress)|
|Closed||June 22, 1958 (Metropolitan Main Line)|
|Rebuilt||1965 (Peoria entrance added), 2000–01, 2014–16 (Peoria entrance renovated, elevator added)|
|Previous names||Halsted, U of I-Halsted|
|Passengers (2015)||1,676,810 1.1% (CTA)|
|Rank||41 out of 143[a]|
UIC–Halsted is a station on the Chicago Transit Authority's 'L' system, serving the Blue Line. The station serves the University of Illinois at Chicago, the University Village neighborhood, and the Greektown neighborhood all located in the Near West Side.
The original Halsted station on the Metropolitan Main Line, the predecessor of the Congress line, was opened in 1895, consisting of 4 tracks and two island platforms as trains from all of the Metropolitan "L" lines entered downtown. The original station closed in 1958 as the new replacement station was built as a part of the Congress Line in the median of the Congress Expressway which replaced the Garfield Park branch and the Metropolitan Main Line that were located along an alley in the right of way that is now on the present Eisenhower Expressway. Like the other stations on the Congress Line (and the future Dan Ryan Line and O'Hare Line on the Kennedy Expressway) the station has a single island platform. When the station originally opened, its name was just "Halsted" like its predecessor. In 1965, when the University of Illinois' Chicago campus opened, the station's name was changed to "U of I-Halsted" and an additional entrance/exit to Peoria Street was added to access the campus. Most older signage on the station's platform and some older Chicagoans still refer the station and the campus as U of I-Halsted and U of I, respectively. When the University was renamed as UIC in 1982, the station's name was changed to the current "UIC–Halsted". This change is reflected on CTA maps and signage. This is the terminal for every 2 Blue Line trains on weekends and some trains during weekday rush hours. At UIC-Halsted, Blue Line riders can transfer to trains to Forest Park.
The Eisenhower Expressway median at the UIC–Halsted stop is twice as wide as necessary to accommodate the two tracks and platform, which are offset to only occupy the south half of the available median space. The Peoria Street station house was constructed in 1964, centered not over the platform, but over the median to accommodate the anticipated future high-level subway line to run from there, under Clinton Street and the abandoned Jackson Boulevard streetcar tunnel under the river, to Grant Park. The station house's position and the two extra portals east of Halsted Street were all that came of that plan. Non-electrified tracks were later added in the empty space in the northern portion of the median in order to stage materials and work cars for tunnel repair and maintenance. West of this station also exists stub tracks, used for turnarounds for Forest Park-bound trains for which UIC-Halsted is their turnaround.
The station has three entrances: Halsted Street, Morgan Street, and Peoria Street. The station house at Morgan Street has a large enclosed waiting room, with electronic signage that alerts passengers when trains are approaching the platform below. The Halsted Street station house has a Chase ATM. The Peoria Street entrance/exit was renovated from June 2014 to August 2015 and reopened on August 31st, 2015.
- 7 Harrison
- 8 Halsted
- 60 Blue Island/26th (Owl Service)
Notes and references
- 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.
- "Monthly Ridership Report – December 2015" (PDF). Chicago Transit Authority Ridership Analysis and Reporting. January 11, 2016. Retrieved March 11, 2016.
- City of Chicago, Department of Development and Planning, Chicago Plan Commission, 1963 Annual Report (Chicago: City of Chicago, 1963), 22. Note, the department name was later reformatted Planning and Development.
- City of Chicago, Department of Subways and Superhighways, Sixth Annual Report of the Department of Subways and Superhighways, City of Chicago, for the Year Ending December 31, 1946 (Chicago: City of Chicago, December 31, 1946), 2, 5.
- City of Chicago, Department of Subways and Superhighways, Fourteenth Annual Report of the Department of Subways and Superhighways, City of Chicago, for the Year Ending December 31, 1952 (Chicago: City of Chicago, December 31, 1952), 36-37.
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