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Welcome to Chicago "L".org, the internet's largest resource for information on Chicago's rapid transit system! Feel free to browse the site and offer comments here.

What's New

Latest Update: January 26, 2014

  • Information about the Your New Blue project added to the O'Hare Branch and Dearborn Subway pages, and to the appropriate station profile pages.
  • Addison (O'Hare branch) station profile expanded with new info and 9 new photos.
  • Damen (O'Hare branch) station profile updated with new info and 10 new photos.
  • Western (O'Hare branch) station profile updated with new info and 13 new photos.
  • Monroe Blue Line station profile updated with new info.

"L" News Headlines

  • CTA weighs two options for Red Line extension route [April 15: Politics Early & Often: Chicago Sun-Times blog]
  • Claypool hires former county manager IG wanted fired [April 15: Chicago Tribune]
  • Map: CTA spring, summer construction projects, closures [April 15: Red Eye]
  • Work begins this week on Orange Line, Red Line's Harrison stop [April 13: Chicago Sun-Times]
  • Evanston moves forward with Main Street transportation project [April 13: The Daily Northwestern]
  • BGA Public Eye: Clout Questions at CTA, RTA and CHA [April 13: Politics Early & Often: Chicago Sun-Times blog]
  • Orange, Pink Line Trains Rerouted in the Loop Saturday [April 12: DNAinfo Chicago]
  • CTA weekend reroutes, April 11-13 [April 11: Red Eye]
  • Puzzle tests CTA knowledge, speed [April 11: Red Eye]
  • Service Restored After Blue Line Train Derails [April 11: NBC Chicago]
  • Blue Line service resumes after train hits tire, derails at Cicero [April 11: ABC Chicago]
  • Blue Line trains back on track after derailment [April 11: Voices: Chicago Sun-Times blog]
  • CTA: Truck tire on the tracks leads to minor derailment of Blue Line train on West Side [April 10: Chicago Tribune]
  • Blue Line Train Derails After Hitting Truck Tire On Tracks [April 11: CBS Chicago]
  • Blue Line Train Derails, Causes Delays [April 10: DNAinfo Chicago]
  • CTA Begins Work on Harrison Station, Orange Line Track Projects on Near South Side [April 10: CTA Press Release]
  • CTA to rehab Orange Line, Harrison stop [April 10: Red Eye]
  • CTA: Construction On Orange Line, Red Line To Begin Next Week [April 10: DNAinfo Chicago]
  • Your New Blue Track Improvement Work to Affect Weekend Service Between Western and Damen Stations [April 10: CTA Press Release]
  • Blue Line Construction Between Western and Damen Enters Second Weekend [April 10: DNAinfo Chicago]
  • Blue Line rehab town hall set [April 10: Red Eye]
  • CTA Posts Monthly Ventra Performance Report [April 10: CTA Press Release]
  • Chicago design team creates CTA system [April 9: Red Eye]
  • RTA approves funds for Rosemont station study [April 9: Red Eye]
  • Free transfer boosts station ridership [April 8: Red Eye]
  • RTA OKs Funding For CTA's Blue Line Station In Rosemont [April 8: Journal & Topics Newspapers]
  • CTA looking into report of Red Line Macing [April 8: Red Eye]
  • Red Line trains temporarily rerouted because of smoke at Grand station [April 8: Chicago Sun-Times]
  • Red Line Trains Rerouted Due to Smoke in Subway [April 8: NBC Chicago]
  • CTA Blue Line train going too fast for emergency brakes to work: NTSB [April 7: Chicago Tribune]
  • Blue Line crash cost $9.1 million in damage, NTSB says [April 7: Chicago Sun-Times]
  • NTSB: Sensors too far back in Blue Line crash at O'Hare [April 7: Crain's Chicago Business]
  • NTSB: Blue Line 'Trip Stop' At O'Hare Was Too Close To The End Of The Track [April 7: CBS Chicago]
  • NTSB: "Trip Stop" Too Close to End of Track to Prevent Blue Line Crash [April 7: NBC Chicago]
  • Preliminary report released by NTSB on derailment at Blue Line station [April 7: ABC Chicago]
  • Train too fast for brakes to stop crash at O'Hare: report [April 7: Daily Herald]
  • O'Hare Blue Line Crash Caused $9.1 Million in Damages: NTSB Report [April 7: DNAinfo Chicago]
  • Blue Line weekend closures, woes continue [April 7: Red Eye]
  • RTA boss: Quinn task force took 'cheap shot' at transit agency [April 7: Politics Early & Often: Chicago Sun-Times blog]
  • Twins accused of Brown Line robbery after one pretended to be Good Samaritan [April 7: Red Eye]
  • Green Line delayed because of person on tracks on West Side [April 6: Chicago Tribune]
  • Many Chicagoans skeptical of CTA's transition to Ventra [April 6: The Daily Northwestern]
  • CTA Fires Operator of Train that Crashed into O'Hare [April 5: NBC Chicago]
  • CTA train operator fired after Blue Line derailment at O'Hare station [April 5: ABC Chicago]
  • CTA Announces New Rail Operator Scheduling Rules [April 4: CTA Press Release]
  • CTA fires operator of train that crashed at O'Hare [April 4: Chicago Tribune]
  • CTA fires L operator after crash, revamps scheduling rules [April 4: Chicago Sun-Times]
  • CTA fires train driver after Blue Line crash at O'Hare [April 4: Crain's Chicago Business]
  • CTA Fires Operator In Blue Line Crash At O'Hare [April 4: CBS Chicago]
  • CTA fires train operator in Blue Line crash, revises scheduling [April 4: Daily Herald]
  • CTA Moves to Fire Train Operator in Blue Line O'Hare Crash [April 4: DNAinfo Chicago]
  • Bill Murray's CTA tie inspires 2 more purchases [April 4: Red Eye]
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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.

Fares of the "L": A History of fares, tickets, collection equipment, and more!

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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