Van Buren Street station

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Van Buren Street
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Location 132 East Van Buren Street
Chicago Loop, Chicago, Illinois 60604
Coordinates (400 S/100 E)
41°52′38″N 87°37′22″W / 41.877326°N 87.622844°W / 41.877326; -87.622844Coordinates: 41°52′38″N 87°37′22″W / 41.877326°N 87.622844°W / 41.877326; -87.622844
Owned by Metra
Platforms 1 side platform, 1 island platform
Tracks 4
Connections Local Transit CTA Bus
Local Transit Pace Buses
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Fare zone A (Metra)
1 (South Shore)
Opened 1896
Passengers 10,000 daily (Metra)[1]
Preceding station   Metra   Following station
Metra Electric District
South Shore Line

Van Buren Street station is a commuter rail station in downtown Chicago that serves the Metra Electric Line to University Park, Blue Island, and South Chicago neighborhood; and the South Shore Line to Gary and South Bend, Indiana.

The station has three tracks, with one side and one island platform. During the morning rush hour, platform 1 serves all outbound trains. Platform 2 serves local trains arriving from South Chicago, and trains from Blue Island. Platform 3 serves trains from the University Park mainline, which are usually expresses. During the off-peak hours and evening rush hour, Platform 1 serves express trains serving the University Park mainline. Platform 2 serves local trains headed for South Chicago, and trains headed for Blue Island. Platform 3 serves all inbound trains. In addition, South Shore Line trains from Millennium Station use platform 1, while trains to Millennium Station use platform 3, regardless of the time of day.

One of the station's entrances is a replica of an Hector Guimard-designed, Art Nouveau-style Paris Métro entrance. The entrance was given to Chicago as a gift by the city of Paris in 2001.[2]

Bus connections[edit]

CTA Buses

  • 1 Bronzeville/Union Station
  • 3 King Drive
  • 4 Cottage Grove (Owl Service)
  • 6 Jackson Park Express
  • 7 Harrison
  • J14 Jeffery Jump
  • 26 South Shore Express
  • 126 Jackson
  • 130 Museum Campus (Summer Service Only)
  • 132 Goose Island Express
  • 145 Wilson/Michigan Express
  • 147 Outer Drive Express
  • 148 Clarendon/Michigan Express
  • 151 Sheridan



  1. ^ Metra:Van Buren Street Station
  2. ^ "Paris Gives Chicago touch of Belle Epoque," Chicago Sun-Times, May 13, 2001 (retrieved 23 December 2006)

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