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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, April 26:

  • 1998: As part of Booz-Allen Hamilton service reductions, overnight (owl) and weekend service was eliminated on the Douglas branch, and overnight (owl) service was eliminated on the Green and Purple lines.

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Latest Update: February 13, 2017

"L" News Headlines

  • Google Building's Newest Perk? A CTA Train Car On Its Roof [April 26: DNAinfo Chicago]
  • Normal service resumes on Orange, Green lines after small track fire [April 25: Chicago Tribune]
  • 2 Robberies Reported On CTA Orange, Red Line Trains [April 25: CBS Chicago]
  • CTA Robbers Punch, Rob Victims And Run Off Downtown Trains To Escape [April 25: DNAinfo Chicago]
  • 2 robberies reported on CTA Orange, Red line trains [April 24: Chicago Sun-Times]
  • Police alert CTA Red and Orange Line riders of robberies [April 24: ABC Chicago]
  • Police seek suspects in series of CTA attacks, robberies [April 24: WGN Chicago]
  • Mayor Emanuel, Congressman Rush Join CTA to Announce Plans to Revitalize Cottage Grove Green Line Station [April 24: CTA press release]
  • CTA, city plan renovation of Cottage Grove Green Line station [April 24: Chicago Tribune]
  • Improvements planned for Cottage Grove station on CTA Green Line [April 24: Chicago Sun-Times]
  • An improved el stop near Obama library? [April 24: Crain's Chicago Business]
  • City Plans For CTA's Cottage Grove Green Line Station Renovations [April 24: CBS Chicago]
  • Cottage Grove Green Line Station Getting Upgrades [April 24: DNAinfo Chicago]
  • Man released without charges in CTA Red Line stabbing [April 23: Chicago Sun-Times]
  • Mayor Emanuel And CTA Announce Renovation Work To Begin At Historic Quincy Station [April 21: CTA press release]
  • Quincy 'L' Stop Doesn't Look A Day Older Than 120 As $18M Face-Lift Starts [April 21: DNAinfo Chicago]
  • Prosecutors: Man tried to set fire in Blue Line car in Rosemont [April 20: Daily Herald]
  • Man Stabbed In Forehead On CTA Red Line Train On South Side [April 20: CBS Chicago]
  • Red Line Rider Stabbed In His Forehead, Seriously Wounded, Police Say [April 20: DNAinfo Chicago]
  • Man stabbed in forehead on CTA Red Line train on South Side [April 19: Chicago Sun-Times]
  • Man stabbed in forehead at CTA Red Line stop [April 19: ABC Chicago]
  • Video, 'distinctive clothing' lead to arrest in fatal shooting near CTA station [April 19: Chicago Tribune]
  • Man held without bail for murder at Englewood Red Line stop [April 19: Chicago Sun-Times]
  • Man Held Without Bond For Murder At Englewood Red Line Stop [April 19: CBS Chicago]
  • Slaying Near Red Line Station Leads To Murder Charge For 33-Year-Old Man [April 19: DNAinfo Chicago]
  • Murder charges filed after slaying near Red Line station [April 18: Chicago Tribune]
  • Man charged with fatal shooting near Garfield Red Line station [April 18: Chicago Sun-Times]
  • Man Shot to Death on CTA Red Line Platform Identified [April 18: NBC Chicago]
  • Man charged in fatal shooting near CTA Red Line stop [April 18: ABC Chicago]
  • Moonlighting police officers to continue patrolling parks, CTA [April 17: Chicago Sun-Times]
  • Renewal For Extra CTA Patrols Gets Preliminary Approval [April 17: CBS Chicago]
  • Man shot dead near South Side Red Line platform at close of violent weekend in Chicago [April 17: Chicago Tribune]
  • Suspect In Custody After Man Shot Outside Garfield Red Line Station [April 17: CBS Chicago]
  • Suspect in custody after man fatally shot near CTA Red Line station [April 17: ABC Chicago]
  • Arrest Made In Slaying That Started As Fight At Garfield Red Line Stop [April 17: DNAinfo Chicago]
  • Police: Man shot to death on CTA Red Line platform on South Side [April 17: Chicago Sun-Times]
  • Man Shot to Death on CTA Red Line Platform on South Side [April 17: NBC Chicago]
  • Service resuming after signal problems hamper CTA in Loop [April 14: Chicago Sun-Times]
  • Major delays for Loop CTA trains due to signal problems [April 14: ABC Chicago]
  • Co-Op Grocery Store Eyes Uptown's Gerber Building [April 14: DNAinfo Chicago]
  • Grocery store co-op wants to make its home at Uptown's historic Gerber Building [April 13: Chicago Tribune]
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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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