Western (CTA Brown Line station)

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Western station.jpg
Location 4648 North Western Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60625
Coordinates 41°57′59″N 87°41′18″W / 41.966259°N 87.688448°W / 41.966259; -87.688448
Owned by Chicago Transit Authority
Platforms 2 Side platforms
Tracks 3
Structure type Elevated
Bicycle facilities Yes
Disabled access Yes
Opened May 18, 1907[1]
Rebuilt late 1920s, 1979–81
Passengers (2014) 1,375,159[2]Increase 0.9%
Rank 51 out of 143[a]
Preceding station   Chicago "L"   Following station
toward Kimball
Brown Line
toward Belmont or The Loop
Route map
Brown Line
west to Kimball
Western Ave.
Brown Line
east to Loop

Western is an 'L' station on the CTA's Brown Line. It is an elevated station with two side platforms, located in the Lincoln Square neighborhood. The adjacent stations are Rockwell, which is located about one quarter mile (0.4 km) to the west, and Damen, about one half mile (0.8 km) to the east. Between Western and Rockwell the line descends and runs on surface level tracks for the rest of the route to Kimball.


The station was put into service in 1907 as part of Northwestern Elevated Railroad's Ravenswood line, and has been rebuilt twice since—in the late 1920s, and again from 1979 to 1981.[3] The current station consists of two side platforms, and a central storage line, its platforms were extended in 2006–07 to enable the station to accommodate eight railcars.

Bus connections[edit]


  • #11 Lincoln
  • #49 Western (Owl Service)
  • #49B North Western
  • #81 Lawrence (Owl Service)

Berlin Wall Monument[edit]

A portion of the Berlin Wall in the station

A portion of the Berlin Wall is inside the station, and is dedicated to the citizens of Chicago for helping "secure the freedom" of Berlin.[citation needed] The Lincoln-Square Neighborhood has been historically German.

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. ^ "New 'L' Line Operated". Chicago Daily Tribune. May 19, 1907. p. 11. 
  2. ^ "Monthly Ridership Report – December 2014" (PDF). Chicago Transit Authority Ridership Analysis and Reporting. March 5, 2015. Retrieved 19 April 2015. 
  3. ^ Western. Chicago "L".org (URL accessed September 17, 2006)

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