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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 17, 2015

  • Damen Blue Line station profile updated with new info and 75 new photos.
  • Damen Tower profile updated with new info and 2 new photos.
  • 5 new Holiday Train photos added -- 2 photos to Gallery 3 and 4 photos to new Gallery 4.
  • 9 new 4000-series car photos added -- 4 photos to Gallery 19 and 5 photos to new Gallery 20.

"L" News Headlines

  • CTA to double speed of some downtown buses that crawl at 3 mph [March 2: Chicago Tribune]
  • Brown Line trains operating on Red Line tracks throughout day [February 28: Chicago Sun-Times]
  • Brown Line Rerouted for Track Work, Allow For Extra Travel Time Sunday [February 28: DNAinfo Chicago]
  • Track Maintenance Work Reroutes Brown Line Trains to Subway on Sunday [February 27: CTA Press Release]
  • All shook up on the CTA Brown Line [February 27: Chicago Sun-Times]
  • Major delays reported on the CTA Orange Line [February 27: Chicago Tribune]
  • The CTA Will Let You Rent 'L' Trains [February 26: CBS Chicago]
  • Wilson Station Modernization Project to Begin Next Construction Phase in March [February 26: CTA Press Release]
  • CTA's yearlong Wilson station project will slow Loop-bound commutes [February 26: Chicago Tribune]
  • Red Line, Purple Line Express riders face a year of longer CTA morning commutes [February 26: Chicago Sun-Times]
  • CTA Red, Purple Line riders could see longer commutes for 1 year [February 26: Red Eye]
  • Next Phase of Wilson Station Work to Slow Some Commutes [February 26: NBC Chicago]
  • CTA Wilson renovations to make Red, Purple Line trips longer [February 26: ABC Chicago]
  • Wilson Red Line Construction To Cause Slower Loop-Bound Commutes [February 26: DNAinfo Chicago]
  • You can rent out a private CTA train for $1,800 [February 24: Time Out Chicago]
  • How Chicago Spent $400M On a Subway Superstation to Nowhere [February 23: NBC Chicago]
  • Two El cars defaced while parked [February 23: The Daily Northwestern]
  • REMINDER: Howard-bound Red Line Trains Rerouted from Subway to Elevated Tracks This Weekend [February 20: CTA Press Release]
  • 4G Wireless Upgrades Cause Red Line Trains Reroutes this Weekend [February 20: DNAinfo Chicago]
  • Northbound Red Line trains rerouted for 4G upgrade work [February 20: Chicago Sun-Times]
  • Woman robbed at Harrison Red Line station in South Loop [February 20: ABC Chicago]
  • Budget Cuts Would Hit CTA Hard, Transit Spokesman Says [February 20: NBC Chicago]
  • Loop 'Connector' Plan Back From the Dead, Again [February 20: DNAinfo Chicago]
  • Where's the 'shared sacrifice' for the rich in Rauner's budget? [February 19: Crain's Chicago Business]
  • Rauner's 'turnaround budget' has cuts called 'reckless,' 'wrong priorities' [February 18: Chicago Tribune]
  • Proposed cuts could cost transit agencies $130 million, officials say [February 18: Chicago Tribune]
  • CTA predicts 'significant negative impact' on public transit in Rauner budget [February 18: Chicago Sun-Times]
  • Rauner budget thinks big--and draws some big 'nos' [February 18: Crain's Chicago Business]
  • Rauner's first budget: Pension shifts, transit cuts, 'shared pain' [February 18: Crain's Chicago Business]
  • 4 big takeaways from Rauner's budget speech [February 18: Crain's Chicago Business]
  • Transit could lose millions under Rauner budget [February 18: Daily Herald]
  • City, transit, hospitals could be targeted in Rauner's first budget [February 18: Crain's Chicago Business]
  • Chicago Transit Authority crime drops in 2014 [February 18: Daily Northwestern]
  • Study: CTA draws meaner tweets than nine other major transit agencies [February 17: Chicago Sun-Times]
  • Mayor Emanuel, CTA Announce Serious Crimes on the CTA Fell 26 Percent in 2014 [February 17: CTA Press Release]
  • Serious crime on CTA falls to 4-year low, Emanuel says [February 17: Chicago Sun-Times]
  • CTA: Serious crimes down 26 percent [February 17: Red Eye]
  • CTA robberies, serious crimes fall more than 25 percent in 2014, city says [February 17: ABC Chicago]
  • Crime on CTA Down More than 25 Percent, City Says [February 17: DNAinfo Chicago]
  • Video Shows CTA Attack as Agency Touts Lower Crime Stats [February 17: NBC 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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