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

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Latest Update: April 28, 2018

  • Damen/Lake station profile updated with new info and 1 new photo.
  • Cows on Parade page updated with added into on two of the cows, and updated whereabouts of all four cows.

"L" News Headlines

  • Person hit, killed by Green Line train [July 16: Chicago Tribune]
  • Woman fatally struck by CTA train on West Side: police [July 16: Chicago Sun-Times]
  • Brown Line trains on the move after person falls onto tracks in Ravenswood [July 14: Chicago Tribune]
  • Commuter punches man who allegedly used the N-word in Blue Line spat [July 13: Chicago Sun-Times]
  • White Man Uses The N-Word And Gets The Sonic Rings Knocked Out Of Him [July 13: Chicago Defender]
  • Mayor Emanuel Announces Success Of Trip To China To Secure Upcoming Chicago Rail Factory And Hundreds Of Jobs [July 12: City of Chicago press release]
  • Emanuel claims China trip has salvaged CTA rail car deal, despite Trump tariffs [July 12: Chicago Sun-Times]
  • Mayor declares China trip a win: Huge CTA el car deal is saved [July 12: Crain's Chicago Business]
  • Not everybody in Chicago is down with OKCupid's new DTF ad campaign [July 10: Chicago Reader]
  • CTA: Red Line service delayed after police activity [July 10: Chicago Tribune]
  • Mayor Emanuel Unveils Design For New CTA Damen Green Line Station [July 9: City of Chicago press release]
  • City releases design of new Damen Green Line CTA station [July 9: Chicago Tribune]
  • City, CTA release designs for new Damen Green Line station [July 9: Chicago Sun-Times]
  • City Hall releases sneak peek at new Green Line station plans [July 9: Crain's Chicago Business]
  • Design unveiled for new CTA Damen Green Line Station [July 9: ABC Chicago]
  • Here's what the CTA's new Green Line station at Damen Avenue will look like [July 9: Time Out Chicago]
  • Mayor Emanuel Heads To China, Wants To Preserve Factory [July 8: CBS Chicago]
  • CTA deal tops agenda as Emanuel heads to China next week [July 6: Chicago Tribune]
  • Amid tariffs war, Emanuel heads to China to save $1.3 billion CTA deal [July 6: Crain's Chicago Business]
  • Chinese manufacturer spends $87M on CTA rail car plant [July 3: The Real Deal]
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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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