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Welcome to Chicago "L".org, the internet's largest resource for information on Chicago's rapid transit system!

Today in "L" history...

In honor of the 125th anniversary of the start of "L" service this year, we present these events that occured on this date, September 22:

  • 1895: Lake Street Elevated extended from Canal to State/Lake, opening first leg of eventual Loop elevated. Service to Market/Madison and Market/Randolph reduced to shuttle from Canal.

What's New

Latest Update: August 31, 2017

  • Washington/Wabash station profile updated with new info.
  • Quincy station profile updated with new info.
  • Garfield Green Line station profile updated with new info.

"L" News Headlines

  • Wilson 'L' Station Escalator, Elevator Now Open [September 20: DNAinfo Chicago]
  • Accident involving electrified third rail injures CTA worker [September 20: Chicago Tribune]
  • CTA worker injured after making contact with third rail on North Side [September 20: Chicago Sun-Times]
  • CTA Worker Injured After Touching Third Rail [September 20: NBC Chicago]
  • Delightfully retro CTA clip highlights agency's move to videotape [September 20: Curbed Chicago]
  • Quincy station one step away from official Chicago Landmark designation [September 20: Curbed Chicago]
  • Designs Revealed For Low-Line Project Planned Under 'L' Tracks [September 20: DNAinfo Chicago]
  • CTA terminal rehab set to begin next year [September 20: Nadig Newspapers]
  • Man falls on third rail at CTA Blue Line station, dies: Officials [September 19: Chicago Tribune]
  • Police: Person dies after jumping onto CTA Blue Line tracks at Western [September 19: Chicago Sun-Times]
  • Person Pinned Under Train At Clark/Division Red Line Station [September 19: DNAinfo Chicago]
  • Group releases plans for walkway under Brown Line [September 19: Chicago Tribune]
  • Rahm Emanuel and CTA sprucing up a historic public transit station [September 19: Chicago Business Journal]
  • When Chicago's Yellow Line was the future of urban transportation [September 18: Curbed Chicago]
  • The most transformative ideas for Chicago public transit and recreation [September 18: Curbed Chicago]
  • Jeff Pk residents pleased with area's transportation, housing options but want more retail [September 18: Nadig Newspapers]
  • Delays on Red, Brown and Purple line trains after person jumps on tracks at Fullerton [September 18: Chicago Tribune]
  • Police: CTA trains delayed after suicide attempt at Fullerton [September 18: Chicago Sun-Times]
  • New Garfield Green Line Station Plan Moves Forward With $25.9 Million Deal [September 18: DNAinfo Chicago]
  • CTA: Fare Hikes Or Service Cuts A "Last Resort" For 2018 [September 14: CBS Chicago]
  • New Chicago Municipal ID To Function As Transit, Library Card [September 14: CBS Chicago]
  • $17 Million Belmont Blue Line Renovation Project To Break Ground Next Year [September 14: DNAinfo Chicago]
  • As Part of Mayor Emanuel's Your New Blue Modernization Program, CTA Awards Contract for Major Upgrades at Jefferson Park and Belmont Blue Line Terminals [September 13: CTA press release]
  • $25 Million Renovation Of Jeff Park Transit Center To Begin Next Year [September 13: DNAinfo Chicago]
  • CTA Selects Contractor for Garfield Gateway Project [September 13: CTA press release]
  • CTA, City of Chicago, and Chicago Public Library to Integrate Ventra and Library Cards into City's Municipal ID Card [September 13: CTA press release]
  • Municipal IDs will double as CTA fare cards [September 13: Chicago Tribune]
  • Chicago's municipal ID will double as Ventra, library card [September 13: Chicago Sun-Times]
  • You Can Use Chicago's New Municipal ID for the CTA, Library [September 13: NBC Chicago]
  • Chicago municipal IDs coming in December with expanded benefits [September 13: ABC Chicago]
  • You'll Be Able To Use The New Chicago ID To Ride CTA, Take Out Books [September 13: DNAinfo Chicago]
  • CTA Celebrates Bank of America Chicago Marathon with Special Ventra Card [September 12: NBC Chicago]
  • CTA to Offer New Keepsake Bank of America Chicago Marathon Ventra Card [September 11: CTA press release]
  • New CTA station upgrades the Loop [September 11: The Columbia Chronicle]
  • 3 facing charges after man shot during fight on Green Line train [September 11: Chicago Sun-Times]
  • 3 Charged In Connection To CTA Green Line Shooting [September 11: CBS Chicago]
  • CTA riders miss out on $16 million in Ventra card refunds [September 11: Chicago Tribune]
  • 'I thought something was going off in the house:' 1 killed, 7 wounded in city shootings [September 9: Chicago Tribune]
  • Green Line Shooting At Ashland/Lake Wounds 30-Year-Old Man [September 9: DNAinfo Chicago]
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Additional Information

Historic Station Tours: The Chicago Architecture Foundation and the Chicago History Museum provide tours of Chicago's historic rapid transit system, visiting several of Chicago's oldest, most unique, and most architecturally interesting rapid transit facilities, with tours and lectures given at each site. Section also includes information and photos from Chicago-L.org's past tours.

Mishaps and Unusual Occurrences: Described here are some of the accidents, mishaps, and uncustomary circumstances that have befallen the "L".

Frequently Asked Questions: A compilation of common queries.

Vocabulary of the "L": Learn an automatic train signal from a "fool catcher" with our list of vocabulary words and phrases.

Posters and Advertisements: Check out 1920s CRT posters advertising the sights and scenes that Chicagoans could see by taking the elevated and other ads.


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