Waukegan station

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Platform along the station house
Location 95 North Spring Street
Waukegan, IL
Coordinates 42°21′39″N 87°49′42″W / 42.3607°N 87.8283°W / 42.3607; -87.8283Coordinates: 42°21′39″N 87°49′42″W / 42.3607°N 87.8283°W / 42.3607; -87.8283
Owned by Union Pacific, City of Waukegan
Platforms 1 side platform, 1 island platform
Tracks 3
Connections Local Transit Pace Buses
Parking Yes
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Fare zone H
Opened 1900[citation needed]
Rebuilt 1989[citation needed]
Electrified No
Preceding station   Metra   Following station
toward Kenosha
Union Pacific North
toward Ogilvie

Waukegan is a railroad station in Waukegan, Illinois, United States served by Metra's Union Pacific/North Line. It is officially located on 95 North Spring Street, is 35.9 miles (57.8 km) away from Ogilvie Transportation Center, the inbound terminus of the Union Pacific/North Line,[1] and also serves commuters who travel north to Kenosha, Wisconsin. In Metra's zone-based fare system, Waukegan is in zone H.

Although Waukegan Station is not the terminus of the UP-N line, most trains along the line stop at Waukegan. The station not only contains storage tracks for Metra trains,[2] but is also located near freight lines for the Union Pacific Railroad as well as the Elgin, Joliet and Eastern Railway.[3] Also there is a Union Pacific freight yard adjacent to the station and freight trains are oftentimes parked and sorted here. In addition, the station serves as a stop for the Great Lakes Naval Training Center. Passengers who wish to travel to the Zion Metra station can use Pace's route 571, which provides daily service between the two stations.

Waukegan Station is located very near to downtown Waukegan, home to attractions such as the Genesee Theatre. Located at the bottom of the bluff that overlooks Lake Michigan, the station is immediately downhill from the historic Carnegie Library building. Other historic buildings in the area include the old houses of the Shimer College Historic District, site of that school's campus until 2006. Buses connect the station to attractions further inland, such as Six Flags Great America in Gurnee.

Bus connections[edit]


  • 561 Castlecrest via McAree
  • 562 Gurnee via Sunset
  • 563 Great Lakes Naval Station
  • 564 Jackson/14th
  • 565 Grand Avenue
  • 568 Belvidere
  • 571 Zion
  • 572 Washington


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