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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, 2021

"L" News Headlines

  • Chicago still has 42 'L' stations that aren't accessible to the disabled. The federal infrastructure bill could help fix that sooner than expected. [December 2: Chicago Tribune]
  • CTA Holiday "L" Train is back for the 30th year [December 1: The Daily Northwestern]
  • Chicago police release photos of suspects wanted in CTA Red Line robbery in River North [December 1: ABC Chicago]
  • Man who fell from CTA railing at Blue Line 'L' stop on Northwest Side dies, police say [December 1: Chicago Tribune]
  • Man dies after climbing over railing, falling to street at Western Blue Line station in Logan Square [December 1: Chicago Sun-Times]
  • Man Dies After Falling 30 Feet From Platform At Western Avenue CTA Blue Line Stop In Bucktown [December 1: CBS Chicago]
  • Man Dies After Falling From Stairs at Chicago Train Station [December 1: NBC Chicago]
  • CTA train operator beaten at Red Line Garfield station [December 1: Chicago Sun-Times]
  • CTA Red Line train operator injured in attack by 2 passengers on South Side [December 1: ABC Chicago]
  • CTA train operator beaten on Red Line train on the South Side [December 1: Fox Chicago]
  • CTA's 2021 Holiday Bus Opens Tuesday. Here's The Schedule, And How to Ride it [November 30: NBC Chicago]
  • Illinois RTA preps budget, plans for an infrastructure windfall [November 30: The Bond Buyer]
  • Why Chicago officials like their chances to win major grants in $1 trillion infrastructure bill [November 29: Chicago Tribune]
  • Two men wanted for robbery inside CTA Red Line station elevator [November 29: Fox Chicago]
  • 2 men stabbed, 1 fatally, during altercation at Clark/Lake station [November 27: Chicago Sun-Times]
  • Police Respond To Shots Fired Call At Clark And Lake CTA Stop [November 27: CBS Chicago]
  • The CTA Holiday Train Is Back, And It's Taking on Passengers This Year [November 26: WTTW Chicago]
  • CTA holiday train, bus visiting Austin the next few weeks [November 25: Austin Talks]
  • Ride-along Holiday Train on Green Line Nov, 26, 27, 30; Bus running 28 Stony Island Dec. 21 [November 24: Hyde Park Herald]
  • CTA Begins Building New Red Line Tracks In Edgewater Using Massive Overhead Crane [November 24: Block Club Chicago]
  • Arts + Public Life's L1 Retail Store now open inside of historic first 'L' station [November 24: UChicago News]
  • Commuters, including some on their way to O'Hare, halted for nearly half an hour after man falls on tracks at Logan Square [November 24: Chicago Tribune]
  • Stretch Of CTA Blue Line Shuts Down Due To Unauthorized Person On Tracks At Logan Square [November 24: CBS Chicago]
  • Riders soon can board the CTA's holiday train and bus for the first time in two years [November 23: Chicago Tribune]
  • CTA holiday train, bus will welcome passengers this year [November 23: Chicago Sun-Times]
  • CTA's Holiday Train And Holiday Bus Are Back For 2021 [November 23: NBC Chicago]
  • Here's The 2021 CTA Holiday Train And Bus Schedule [November 23: NBC Chicago]
  • CTA Holiday Train, Bus coming back for 2021 [November 23: ABC Chicago]
  • Check out the CTA Holiday Train and Bus schedule for 2021 [November 23: Time Out Chicago]
  • Let's address crime, smoking, and homelessness on CTA effectively and humanely [November 23: Streetsblog Chicago]
  • The Magic Returns! Santa Welcomes Back Riders to The Allstate CTA Holiday Train and Holiday Bus [November 22: CTA press release]
  • McKinley Park El Stop Joins Chicago Transit-Oriented Pilot Program [November 22: McKinley Park News]
  • Eisenhower Expressway widening, CTA Red Line extension among transportation projects likely to get funding from new federal infrastructure plan [November 22: Chicago Tribune]
  • Illinois is getting $18 billion from the feds for infrastructure. Plans for spending it are trickling out. [November 22: WBEZ Chicago]
  • CTA opens new Red-Purple Bypass on Brown Line [November 22: Progressive Railroading]
  • Chicago's dearth of public restrooms limits access to public space. Let's fix that. [November 21: Streetsblog Chicago]
  • Man Lying On Tracks Struck By CTA Train [November 20: CBS Chicago]
  • CTA's new Brown Line flyover open near Belmont [November 19: Chicago Tribune]
  • CTA's Red Purple Bypass Is Now Open, Ready For Riders [November 19: CBS Chicago]
  • CTA's New Red-Purple Bypass Now in Service, Will Carry Brown Line Over New Tracks [November 19: NBC Chicago]
  • CTA Red-Purple Bypass in service to ease congestion on Red, Purple, Brown Line trains [November 19: ABC Chicago]
  • CTA Brown Line flyover at Belmont begins service [November 19: WGN Chicago]
  • CTA's new Red-Purple bypass is live: Here's what that means [November 19: Fox Chicago]
  • CTA's new Red-Purple Bypass begins service Nov. 19 on Brown Line [November 19: Mass Transit]
  • Fluor Joint Venture Reaches Milestone with Completion of Bypass Structure as Part of Chicago Transit Authority's Red and Purple Modernization Program [November 19: Business Wire]
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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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