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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 19:

  • 1896: Lake Street Elevated resumed use of electric cars on all trains, after brief pause in conversion from stem to electric power; permanently removed steam locomotives from service.
  • 1974: First section of cab signals activated on the North Side 'L', southbound from Thorndale to Argyle.
  • 2004: Rebuilt Paulina Connector placed in service, along with interlockings at Paulina Jct. and Harrison Jct.

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

  • 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]
  • Man, 30, shot on Green Line train at Ashland stop; 2 being questioned [September 8: Chicago Sun-Times]
  • Man Shot At CTA Green Line's Ashland/Lake Street Station [September 8: CBS Chicago]
  • Green Line Trains Halted After Man Shot During Argument: Officials [September 8: NBC Chicago]
  • Person shot at CTA Green Line's Ashland/Lake station [September 8: ABC Chicago]
  • Police: Man pushed rider onto tracks at Washington Blue Line station [September 8: ABC Chicago]
  • This Man Pushed A Stranger Onto The CTA Train Tracks, Police Say [September 8: DNAinfo Chicago]
  • Stranger Pushed Man Onto Blue Line Tracks, Got Away, Report Says [September 7: DNAinfo Chicago]
  • No public alert issued after man is pushed onto Loop subway tracks [September 6: Chicago Tribune]
Chicago-L.org is not responsible for broken links, removed pages, or other sites' content

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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