Route Maps

 

These files are scans of authentic antique and contemporary "L"TM maps from throughout the century. Just click on a name to see a large image of the map, cover, or inside booklet pages.

Some files are quite large, between 1 and 2 MB, to retain resolution and readability, so they may take time to download. Some browsers may have difficulty viewing the larger images. If you have trouble viewing any of the maps in your browser, we suggest downloading and viewing them offline in some other viewer (such as Photoshop, JPEGview, or Photo Editor) rather than viewing them online.

For those users with slower connections or who do not wish to wait for these to download, we offer lower resolution verions of most of our larger map files. Although these are less reabable, they still give a good idea of what the maps look like.

 

1892-1900 | 1900-1947 | 1947-1975 | 1975-2001 | Current Map


1898

Metropolitan West Side Elevated Railroad

1898

Cover (196k)
Pamphlet Detail: Route and Rding Information (336k)
Metropolitan Elevated Map (1.5MB) [Low resolution (460k)]
Loop Map (544k)

None


1913

Chicago Elevated Railways

1913

Cover (168k)
System Map (276k)

Issued to announce universal transfers, which took effect November 3, 1913


1925

J.P. Shealy Street Guide

1925

Cover (68k)
System Map (336k)

Map of the Chicago Rapid Transit and North Shore Line systems.

Map shows the Niles Center (Skokie) branch under construction.


1926

Chicago Rapid Transit

1926

System Map (280k)

None


1933

Chicago Rapid Transit

early 1933

Cover (112k)
System Map (592k)

Depicts the system as it had appeared since 1930, when the Westchester branch reached 22nd/Mannheim.

Unlike other CRT maps, this edition includes brief service descriptions.


1934

Chicago Rapid Transit

mid-1934

Cover (156k)
System Map (768k)
Pamphlet Detail - Pass Info and Loop Map (152k)
Pamphlet Detail - World's Fair Map (144k)

Published for the Century of Progress (1933 World's Fair); features the motor coach connection from Cermak Road to the fair, begun June 2, 1934.


1938

Chicago Rapid Transit

1938

Cover (196k)
System Map (640k)

None


1942

Chicago Rapid Transit

1942

Cover (56k)
System Map - North Side (708k)
System Map - South Side (616k)
Loop Map (412k)
Pamphlet Detail - Travel Times (72k)
Pamphlet Detail - Transfer Info (64k)

Map has several war bonds advertisements.


1943

Chicago Rapid Transit

1943

Cover (56k)
System Map (940k)

The last map published by CRT before the Chicago Transit Authority took over in 1947. Shows a detailed map of the subway in an expanded downtown inset that includes the Near North and Near South Sides.


1944

Rand McNally Street Guide

1944

Cover (92k)
System Map (468k)
Information page 1 (432k)
Information page 2 (180k)

Includes detailed information on how to ride the elevated, including route descriptions, stopping patterns, and hours of operation. Map shows the newly-opened State Street Subway.


1954

Chicago Transit Authority

1954

Cover (40k)
CTA System Map (1.7MB) [Low resolution (420k)]

None


1957

Chicago Transit Authority

1957

Cover (56k)
CTA System Map (1.2MB) [Low resolution (280k)]

None


1965

Chicago Transit Authority

January 1965

Cover (84k)
"L" System Map (112k)

Skokie Swift: "The Commuter's Friend" was the fourth in a series of progress reports published on the Skokie Swift demonstration project. Map shows the Skokie Swift's relation to the rest of the "L"TM system.

Chicago Transit Authority

1965

Cover (52k)
CTA System Map (1.3MB) [Low resolution (216k)]

None


1970

Chicago Transit Authority

October 1970

Cover (60k)
CTA System Map (1.5MB) [Low resolution (328k)]
"L" System Map (192k)
Train Information: Routes, Fares, etc. (268k)

Includes newly-opened Dan Ryan and Kennedy routes. CTA® system map adopted one- and two-letter abbreviations for routes (i.e. "JH" for Jackson Park-Howard), though it would prove to be short-lived. Note ad for the #40 O'Harexpress bus extension route from Jefferson Park to the airport.


1975

Chicago Transit Authority

May 1975

Cover (72k)
CTA System Map (1.3MB) [Low resolution (336k)]
"L" System Map (176k)
Train Information: Routes, Fares, etc. (268k)

"L"TM system map adopted one- and two-letter abbreviations for routes.


1981

Chicago Transit Authority

Winter-Spring 1981

Cover (56k)
CTA System Map (1.5MB) [Low resolution (336k)]
Downtown Detail (264k)

None


1985

Chicago Transit Authority

1985

Cover (60k)
CTA System Map (1.5MB) [Low resolution (256k)]
Downtown Detail (228k)

Map includes the new O'Hare extension and was the first to color-code the lines (although color names for the lines would not be adopted until 1993). "A" and "B" stations are no longer represented be triangles and squares; all stops are represented by circles.


1991

Chicago Transit Authority

March 1991

Cover (76k)
CTA System Map (includes downtown inset, route information, and more) (2.3MB) [Low resolution (376k)]
Pamphlet Detail: Accessible Services (100k)

First map issued after the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, outlining CTA's® accessible services on the rail and bus systems (see detail above).


1995

Chicago Transit Authority

July 1995

Cover (80k)
CTA System Map (1.2MB) [Low resolution (224k)]
Downtown Detail (268k)
"L" System Map (188k)
Train Information: Routes, Fares, etc. (408k)

Green Line appears on the map only as a dashed line, as it is closed for renovation.


1997

Chicago Transit Authority

January 1997

Cover (72k)
CTA System Map (1.2MB) [Low resolution (224k)]
Downtown Detail (296k)
"L" System Map (176k)
Train Information: Routes, Fares, Service Changes, etc. (272k)

None


1999

Chicago Transit Authority

Spring-Summer (March) 1999

Cover (84k)
CTA System Map (1.3MB) [Low resolution (252k)]
Downtown Detail (364k)
"L" System Map (180k)
Train Information: Routes, Fares, etc. (248k)

None


2000

Regional Transportation Authority

2000

Cover (171k)
Six-County Regional System Map (1.4MB) [Low resolution (323k)]
Chicago System Map (1.5MB) [Low resolution (331k)]
Chicago Downtown Detail (636k)

None


2001

Chicago Transit Authority

Summer (May) 2001

Cover (64k)
CTA System Map (1.1MB) [Low resolution (156k)]
Downtown Detail (448k)
"L" System Map (300k)

None


2003

Chicago Transit Authority

Fall (September) 2003

Cover (111k)
CTA System Map (2.1MB) [Low resolution (137k)]
Downtown Detail (691k)
"L" System Map (250k)
Train Information: Routes, Fares, etc. (636k)

Includes revised lakefront express bus routes, revised Evanston bus routes, and the first new, accessible Douglas stations (54/Cermak and Kostner)