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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, November 20:

  • 1963: Congress Stub officially removed from service. Old Congress terminal had been inactive since Jan 21, 1963 when CNS&M ceased operations.
  • 2009: Upper level pedway between the Randolph-Washington mezzanines of the State and Dearborn subways, through Block 37 development, reopened.
  • 2013: Track 1 side platform at Wilson permanently removed from service. Platform had been used only intermittently since Jan 21, 1963 when CNS&M ceased operations.

What's New

Latest Update: November 20, 2017

  • Wilson station profile updated with 2 new photos.
  • Thorndale station profile updated with expanded info about its establishment and 1 new photo of the original, temporary station.
  • State/Lake station profile updated with new info about the planned new station.
  • Randolph/Wabash station profile updated with new info about its demolition.
  • Leland Interlocking profile updated with new info about its removal.
  • Howard Yard profile updated with new info about its renovation and expansion circa 1990.

"L" News Headlines

  • Transit leader says CTA fare hike justified [November 20: Chicago Tribune]
  • Police: Shots fired at Cermak-McCormick Place CTA station during attempted robbery [November 19: Chicago Tribune]
  • Shots Fired on CTA Green Line Train During Attempted Robbery [November 19: NBC Chicago]
  • Man rubbed exposed genitals against woman at Orange Line station: Prosecutors [November 19: Chicago Tribune]
  • Man charged with bumping erect penis against woman at Midway CTA stop [November 19: Chicago Sun-Times]
  • Man Charged With Bumping Erect Penis Against Woman at Midway CTA Stop [November 19: NBC Chicago]
  • Man accused of exposing erect penis at CTA station, poking another passenger repeatedly [November 18: Fox Chicago]
  • Any CTA fare hike could hurt ridership, advocates say [November 17: Chicago Tribune]
  • Vandalism, graffiti remain nagging problems despite CTA's efforts [November 17: Chicago Sun-Times]
  • Green Line trains moving after stop for medical attention [November 16: Chicago Sun-Times]
  • Aldermen: CTA Service Cuts 'Totally Off The Table,' But Fare Hike Might Be Needed [November 16: CBS Chicago]
  • Aldermen attempt to strip CTA, CPS funding from Emanuel's budget [November 15: Chicago Sun-Times]
  • Emanuel doesn't rule out CTA fare hike [November 15: Chicago Tribune]
  • CTA fare hike better than service cuts, Emanuel says [November 15: Chicago Sun-Times]
  • CTA Pushes CTA To Raise Fares [November 15: CBS Chicago]
  • CTA may offer rebates for not riding during peak hours [November 15: ABC Chicago]
  • CTA should raise fares to balance budget: RTA boss [November 14: Chicago Tribune]
  • RTA turns up the heat on CTA to raise fares [November 14: Chicago Sun-Times]
  • RTA orders CTA to raise fares [November 14: Crain's Chicago Business]
  • Regional Agency Nudges CTA Toward Fare Hike [November 14: CBS Chicago]
  • CTA Fare Hike Could Be on the Way [November 14: WTTW Chicago]
  • Rebate offer helped CTA Red Line commuters avoid Wrigley crowds [November 14: Chicago Sun-Times]
  • CTA Construction Work Requires Continued Closure of Dan Ryan Lane at 95th Street [November 13: CTA press release]
  • CTA construction keeps Dan Ryan lane at 95th closed until Sunday [November 13: Chicago Sun-Times]
  • CTA, Metra rules don't stop tradition of platform politics [November 12: Chicago Tribune]
  • Driver Ignored Crossing Gate, Struck by Pink Line Train [November 11: NBC Chicago]
  • New Wilson station shows CTA's Red-Purple Line modernization is on track [November 10: Chicago Tribune]
  • CTA Increases Hiring and Promotion of Military Veterans through its Ranks [November 10: CTA press release]
  • CTA hopes to spend ride-sharing fees on rail, safety fixes [November 9: Chicago Tribune]
  • Ride-hailing fees to bankroll $180M in CTA improvements [November 9: Chicago Sun-Times]
  • CTA to boost security cameras and train speeds. What about fares? [November 9: Crain's Chicago Business]
  • Driver, passenger arrested after car struck by CTA train in Cicero [November 9: Chicago Tribune]
  • Car struck by Pink Line train in Cicero [November 9: Chicago Sun-Times]
  • Two In Custody After Car Hits CTA Pink Line Train In Cicero [November 9: CBS Chicago]
  • CTA Pink Line train strikes car in Cicero; DUI investigation underway [November 9: ABC Chicago]
  • 'Criminal sexual abuse,' other 'non-index' crime up on CTA in Chicago [November 9: Chicago Sun-Times]
  • CTA Montrose Blue Line Station to Get New, Unique Public Artwork by Chicago Artist as Part of Mayor Emanuel's Your New Blue Program [November 7: CTA press release]
  • CTA's Brown, Red, Purple Line service impacted after person seen with a gun on train [November 7: Chicago Tribune]
  • CTA trains delayed at Fullerton station for report of person with gun [November 7: Chicago Sun-Times]
  • Man Charged With String Of Armed Robberies On The North Side [November 7: CBS 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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