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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: November 15, 2022

"L" News Headlines

  • Transit Employee Appreciation Day happening this weekend - here's how to participate [March 17: CBS Chicago]
  • CTA, City Eye Community-Centric Development Around Future Red Line Extension Stations [March 17: WTTW Chicago]
  • 'Proof of Airport Business' Required to Enter O'Hare During Overnight Hours From CTA: Officials [March 17: NBC Chicago]
  • CTA Partners with Chicago Film Archives for Year-Long Film Exhibition at Cicero Green Line [March 16: CTA press release]
  • CTA Begins Plan To Rebuild Red Line's Sheridan, Rogers Park Stops In Massive North Branch Overhaul [March 16: Block Club Chicago]
  • Chicago transit looks to the state to help make up $730 million budget gap [March 15: Crain's Chicago Business]
  • At state hearing, transit advocates call for addressing fiscal cliff, Carter is a no-show [March 16: Streetsblog Chicago]
  • 5 in custody after attempted robbery using pepper spray on CTA train, police say [March 15: Chicago Tribune]
  • 5 in custody after attempted robbery on CTA train in Loop [March 15: WGN Chicago]
  • CPD seek to identify suspect who robbed passenger at CTA Blue Line stop [March 15: CBS Chicago]
  • 'The CTA is their last resort': A night out with the people helping homeless riders [March 15: WBEZ Chicago]
  • CPD seek to identify suspect who robbed passenger at CTA Blue Line stop [March 15: NBC Chicago]
  • 5 people in custody after pepper spray used during attempted robbery on CTA Red Line train [March 15: CBS Chicago]
  • 5 Arrested During Attempted Robbery on CTA Red Line Train [March 15: NBC Chicago]
  • Chicago police: 5 in custody after attempted robbery on CTA Red Line train in South Loop [March 15: ABC Chicago]
  • CTA says ground fault is to blame for outage that stalled Brown Line train for hours [March 15: CBS Chicago]
  • Riders on Brown and Purple Line evacuated along catwalk over Chicago River when their train loses power at Wells and Wacker [March 15: Chicago Sun-Times]
  • Power restored on CTA Brown Line train after evacuation downtown [March 15: CBS Chicago]
  • Stalled train evacuated after service on CTA Brown and Purple lines suspended due to power outage [March 14: Chicago Tribune]
  • Photos: Passengers rescued from CTA 'L' train after power outage [March 14: Chicago Tribune]
  • 'Really Well Executed:' Passengers Share Stories After CTA Train Stops on Bridge Over River [March 14: NBC Chicago]
  • CTA Brown Line service resuming in and near Loop after power loss leaves passengers stuck for hours [March 14: ABC Chicago]
  • Brown Line Riders Evacuated After Power Outage Stops Train, Shuts Down Purple Line During Rush Hour [March 14: Block Club Chicago]
  • Efforts to stop smoking on the CTA highlights challenges -- and limits -- to policing Chicago's public transit [March 14: CBS Chicago]
  • Chicago crime: Police release photos of man wanted in violent West Loop robbery on CTA Green Line [March 13: ABC Chicago]
  • Chicago Mayoral Election: How Paul Vallas, Brandon Johnson Would Address CTA, Transit Issues [March 13: NBC Chicago]
  • Man was arrested for fatal Loop CTA stabbing after victim gives name to police before she dies [March 13: Chicago Sun-Times]
  • CTA stabbing death: Man charged with murder of woman at Loop 'L' stop [March 13: CBS Chicago]
  • Ex-Boyfriend Arrested for Allegedly Stabbing Woman on CTA Platform in the Loop [March 13: NBC Chicago]
  • Man charged with stabbing woman to death on CTA platform; victim ID'd attacker before death: police [March 13: ABC Chicago]
  • Chicago Man Charged After Allegedly Stabbing Ex-Girlfriend to Death on CTA Platform [March 13: WTTW Chicago]
  • Ex-boyfriend charged in murder of woman on downtown CTA platform: police [March 13: Fox Chicago]
  • Man arrested after macing 2 women on CTA platform [March 13: Fox Chicago]
  • Chicago police seek man who kicked CTA passenger in the head during robbery [March 13: Fox Chicago]
  • Teen charged in February robbery on CTA train in the Loop [March 12: NBC Chicago]
  • Chicago crime: 17-year-old boy arrested in connection with Loop robbery on CTA train, police say [March 12: ABC Chicago]
  • Woman dies after being stabbed multiple times on CTA platform in the Loop [March 12: CBS Chicago]
  • Woman fatally stabbed on CTA platform in Loop, police say [March 11: Chicago Tribune]
  • Woman fatally stabbed on Loop CTA platform [March 11: Chicago Sun-Times]
  • Chicago crime: Woman fatally stabbed on CTA platform in Loop, police say [March 11: ABC Chicago]
  • New details released after woman stabbed to death on CTA platform in the Loop [March 11: Fox Chicago]
  • It's getting real: Biden budget proposal earmarks $350M for $3.6B south Red Line extension [March 10: Streetsblog Chicago]
  • Activists, Riders Call for Added Security Measures on CTA Trains and Buses After String of Recent Crimes [March 10: NBC Chicago]
  • O'Hare CTA Blue Line station to require proof for overnight airport access, city says [March 10: ABC Chicago]
  • At CTA meeting, Commuters Take Action calls out "misleading" reliability claims [March 10: Streetsblog Chicago]
  • CTA Continues to Improve Schedules for More Reliable Service in February [March 9: CTA press release]
  • Man stabbed during fight on CTA Red Line train in Lakeview [March 9: CBS Chicago]
  • These 1970s CTA cars have gone off the rails -- and are for sale -- in West Virginia [March 9: Chicago Sun-Times]
  • Feds recommend $350 million for Red Line extension project, but more will be needed [March 9: Chicago Tribune]
  • Biden proposed budget, subject to negotiation with GOP, includes $350 million for CTA Red Line expansion [March 9: Chicago Sun-Times]
  • Biden budget includes $350 million for Red Line extension [March 9: Crain's Chicago Business]
  • President Biden proposes $350 million in funds for Red Line extension project [March 9: CBS Chicago]
  • Biden's Budget Calls for $350 Million in Funding Toward CTA Red Line Extension [March 9: NBC Chicago]
  • Biden's budget proposal earmarks $350 million for CTA Red Line extension [March 9: WGN Chicago]
  • Biden Proposes $350M Federal Grant to Fund Far South Side CTA Red Line Extension [March 9: WTTW Chicago]
  • O'Hare Airport 'Flushed Out' People Experiencing Homelessness As Security Presence Increases [March 9: Block Club Chicago]
  • Police now require 'L' riders to show proof of airport business to exit ORD station late at night [March 9: Streetsblog Chicago]
  • Englewood Residents Overwhelmingly Back Reopening Racine Green Line Station. CTA Says It's 'Fully Committed' to the Idea [March 9: WTTW Chicago]
  • Man injured in CTA Red Line stabbing on North Side: Chicago police [March 9: ABC Chicago]
  • CTA rider stabbed, beaten on Red Line train [March 9: Fox Chicago]
  • Chicago man charged with attacking CTA employee, damaging booth at East Garfield Park station [March 9: CBS Chicago]
  • Man accused of battering CTA employee, damaging attendant booth [March 9: WGN Chicago]
  • Man charged with attacking CTA employee in East Garfield Park [March 9: 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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