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Welcome to Chicago "L".org, the internet's largest resource for information on Chicago's rapid transit system!

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Latest Update: March 26, 2023

"L" News Headlines

  • CTA hosting meetings to introduce potential subcontractors for RLE bidders [June 5: Streetsblog Chicago]
  • CTA offering reduced day pass options through Labor Day weekend [June 3: CBS Chicago]
  • CTA Invites Local Small and Disadvantaged Businesses to a Contracting Networking Event for the Red Line Extension Project [June 2: CTA press release]
  • CTA is wrapping up RPM Phase One, but opportunities are being missed [June 2: Streetsblog Chicago]
  • CTA to Kick Off Final Major Phase of Lawrence to Bryn Mawr Modernization Project [June 2: Railway Age]
  • Chicago Transit Authority to Begin Construction on New Red Line Stations [June 2: Railway News]
  • CTA's Red and Purple Modernization (RPM) Phase One Project to Begin Final Major Phase [June 2: Railway Track and Structures]
  • Greg Hinz: The CTA is overdue for an overhaul [June 2: Crain's Chicago Business]
  • CTA ready to start Stage B of Lawrence to Bryn Mawr Modernization Project this summer [June 1: Mass Transit]
  • CTA and Artist Theaster Gates are Ready to Provide Riders with a More Enjoyable Travel Experience with the Return of the AESOP DJ Booth [June 1: CTA press release]
  • CTA's Red and Purple Modernization (RPM) Phase One Project to Begin Final Major Phase of Four Red Line Station and Track Reconstruction [May 31: CTA press release]
  • Police seek suspect who robbed rider of handheld game at CTA Red Line station [May 31: CBS Chicago]
  • Man wanted for strong-armed robbery near CTA Red Line [May 30: Fox Chicago]
  • Commentary: Invest in slow streets and expand and improve the CTA [May 30: Crain's Chicago Business]
  • Plan Commission adopts RLE transit development plan [May 28: Urbanize Chicago]
  • CTA Blue Line service resumes with delays after suspicious package at Forest Park stop [May 26: ABC Chicago]
  • Low-Cost, High-Quality Public Transportation Will Serve The Public Better Than Free Rides [May 25: Next City]
  • What Chicagoans want to change about the CTA [May 24: WBEZ Chicago]
  • Chicago Transit Authority Shortlists Three Teams for $3.6B Red Line Extension [May 24: ENR Midwest]
  • Commentary: Here's some steps Mayor Brandon Johnson can take to fix public transit [May 24: Chicago Sun-Times]
  • The CTA answered my FOIA on its board's low ridership -- the day I was put in a coma [May 24: Streetsblog Chicago]
  • 2 charged with robbing man on CTA train in Bronzeville [May 24: CBS Chicago]
  • 2 charged with robbing man on CTA Red Line train: police [May 24: Fox Chicago]

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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