Washington/Wells station

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Elevated Lines ("L" Loop Clockwise)

Elevated Lines ("L" Loop Counter-clockwise)
Washington & Wells station 2015.jpg
Location 100 North Wells Street
Chicago, Illinois 60606
Coordinates 41°52′57″N 87°38′02″W / 41.882541°N 87.633824°W / 41.882541; -87.633824
Owned by Chicago Transit Authority
  Purple Line weekday rush hours only
Platforms 2 Side platforms
Tracks 2
Connections Ogilvie Transportation Center
Structure type Elevated
Bicycle facilities Yes
Disabled access Yes
Opened July 17, 1995
Passengers (2014) 2,063,579[1]Increase 1.6%
Rank 29 out of 143[a]
Preceding station   Chicago "L"   Following station
One-way operation
Brown Line
toward Kimball
One-way operation
Orange Line
toward Midway
Purple Line
toward Linden
Pink Line
toward 54th/Cermak
Route map
Purple, Orange and Pink Lines
North to Linden, Midway, and 54th/Cermak
Washington St.
Calhoun Pl.
Madison St.
Brown Line
south to Kimball

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 is now intent on doing the same on the other side of the loop on Wabash Avenue, replacing a Randolph station & a Madison station with a Washington station.

Station layout[edit]

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. 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[edit]


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

Notes and references[edit]


  1. ^ Due to possible double-counting of physically-connected stations, the CTA's official 2014 tally of stations was 145, but for ridership purposes reported having only 143 stations.


  1. ^ "Monthly Ridership Report – December 2014" (PDF). Chicago Transit Authority Ridership Analysis and Reporting. March 5, 2015. Retrieved May 1, 2015. 

External links[edit]

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