Washington/Wells station

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Chicago 'L' rapid transit station
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Location100 North Wells Street
Chicago, Illinois 60606
Coordinates41°52′57″N 87°38′02″W / 41.882541°N 87.633824°W / 41.882541; -87.633824
Owned byChicago Transit Authority
Line(s)Loop Elevated
Platforms2 Side platforms
ConnectionsOgilvie Transportation Center
Structure typeElevated
Bicycle facilitiesYes
Disabled accessYes
OpenedJuly 17, 1995
Passengers (2017)2,218,679[1]Decrease 3.6%
Rank22 out of 143
Preceding station Chicago "L" Following station
One-way operation
Orange Line Clark/Lake
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Orange Line
Rush period special
Merchandise Mart
(From Brown Line)
One-way operation
One-way operation
Purple Line
Merchandise Mart
toward Linden
Pink Line Clinton
toward Kimball
Brown Line Merchandise Mart
One-way operation

Washington/Wells (also known as Washington and Wells) is a station on the Chicago Transit Authority's 'L' system, located in downtown Chicago, Illinois on the Chicago Loop elevated at 100 North Wells Street (directional coordinates 100 north, 200 west). The station opened on July 17, 1995. Washington/Wells is located a few blocks from several major attractions and business centers, such as Chicago City Hall, the Civic Opera House, and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. The station is also three blocks east of Ogilvie Transportation Center, terminal for the Union Pacific North, Northwest, and West line Metra trains. The station is located between Washington and Madison on Wells Street in downtown Chicago.


The Washington/Wells station replaced two former Loop stations, Randolph/Wells and Madison/Wells. The CTA did the same on the Wabash side of the Loop, replacing Randolph/Wabash and Madison/Wabash with Washington/Wabash.

Station layout

The station is located between Washington and Madison Streets and is constructed of steel and concrete, with wooden platforms. A large mezzanine is accessible by stairs just south of Washington on either side of Wells, and the station is also accessible via elevators. Just past several turnstiles are stairwells leading to the platform level; the easternmost stairs go to the Inner Loop platform while the westernmost go to the Outer Loop platform. Both platforms are also serviced by elevators. It is possible to go from one platform to the other without leaving the paid area, making Washington/Wells a transfer station. The platforms are from Washington to Madison; the platforms continues over Madison Street. There are auxiliary exits on both ends of both platforms to the east sides of Washington and Madison. Both platforms can handle eight-car trains, the longest on the CTA system.


Washington/Wells serves the Brown Line (which travels counterclockwise on the Outer Loop track), and the Orange Line, Purple Line Express (weekday rush hours only), and Pink Line (which travel clockwise on the Inner Loop track).

Bus connections


  • J14 Jeffery Jump
  • 20 Madison (Owl Service)
  • 37 Sedgwick (Weekdays only)
  • 56 Milwaukee
  • 60 Blue Island/26th (Owl Service)
  • 124 Navy Pier
  • 157 Streeterville/Taylor (Weekdays only)

Notes and references



  1. ^ "Annual Ridership Report – Calendar Year 2017" (PDF). Chicago Transit Authority, Ridership Analysis and Reporting. January 31, 2018. Retrieved July 29, 2018.

External links

Media related to Washington/Wells (CTA) at Wikimedia Commons