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

What's New

Latest Update: February 17, 2024

  • Pulaski Blue Line station profile updated and expanded, with more detail and information about the station's original design and about the proposed renovation/accessibility design and recent funding information for renovation as part of the All Stations Accessibility Program (ASAP), and 12 new photos (including two conceptual renderings from the Blue Line Forest Park Vision Study).
  • Midway station profile updated with information about the station's art installations and 2 new photos.
  • Harlem (O'Hare branch) station profile updated with information about the bus bridge reconstruction and 2 renderings of the planned improvement.
  • One new entry added to the Memories section.

"L" News Headlines

  • Girl, 16, sexually assaulted on Purple Line train, police say [February 26: Chicago Sun-Times]
  • Chicago man charged after punching CTA employee: police [February 26: Fox Chicago]
  • How Can The CTA Bring 'Joy' To Its Stations? Student Survey Asks For Community's Input [February 23: Block Club Chicago]
  • Mass Transit police seek man who robbed passenger at 35th Street Red Line station [February 23: CBS Chicago]
  • Transit advocates lobby state to avoid 'death spiral' of service cuts, fare hikes [February 22: Evanston RoundTable]
  • Pair recounts frantic moments in rescue of woman from Green Line L tracks [February 22: Chicago Sun-Times]
  • Man sought in aggravated robbery on CTA Red Line [February 22: Fox Chicago]
  • Good karma for a pickup truck driver: Motorist helps save an endangered Green Line rider from serious injury [February 21: Streetsblog Chicago]
  • Woman in good condition after falling several feet from CTA train, cops say [February 21: Chicago Tribune]
  • Good Samaritan helps rescue woman who fell from moving Green Line train: CPD [February 21: Chicago Sun-Times]
  • Woman falls from moving train onto tracks, then nearly two stories below on Chicago's West Side [February 21: CBS Chicago]
  • Woman falls from moving CTA train after forcing doors open on West Side [February 21: Fox Chicago]
  • Chicago man charged in CTA robbery attack [February 21: Fox Chicago]
  • Video shows crab on seat on CTA Red Line train [February 20: CBS Chicago]
  • The Group Raising Hell About the L [February 19: Chicago magazine]
  • Lombard man facing felony after firing gun on CTA Blue Line platform, police say [February 19: Chicago Sun-Times]
  • 4 men accused of beating, robbing man inside CTA train [February 19: WGN Chicago]
  • Program Tries To Reach Homeless 'Where They're At' -- On CTA Trains [February 19: WTTW Chicago]
  • Man arrested after shots fired on Chicago train [February 19: CBS Chicago]
  • Shots fired at CTA employee on Blue Line train at Division station, Chicago police say [February 19: ABC Chicago]
  • Shots fired on CTA Blue Line train in Wicker Park; suspect in custody [February 19: Fox Chicago]
  • Chicago crime: 4 arrested after allegedly strangling, robbing man on CTA Pink Line [February 19: Fox Chicago]
  • To sit or to stand: Why CTA etiquette is so important [February 19: The DePaulia]
  • Chicago Transit Authority to lease vacant South Side building for Red Line Extension office [February 15: Chicago Business Journal]
  • Viral TikTok shows man eating shrimp off Chicago train seat; CTA has perfect response [February 15: NBC Chicago]
  • Teen charged in alleged robbery on CTA Red Line train in Fuller Park [February 15: CBS Chicago]
  • CTA robbery charges: Boy, 16, accused of stealing from Red Line rider [February 15: Fox Chicago]
  • Harlem Blue Line's 40-Year-Old Bus Bridge Will Get A $19.6M Overhaul [February 15: Block Club Chicago]
  • CTA Announces $19.6M Project to Reconstruct the Bus Bridge at the Harlem Blue Line Transit Facility [February 14: CTA press release]
  • Bus terminal work at Harlem CTA Blue Line station to begin next week [February 14: Nadig Newspapers]
  • CTA Could Widen Addison Red Line Platform To Handle Overcrowding After Cubs Games, Concerts [February 14: Block Club Chicago]
  • CTA looks to widen Addison Red Line to better accommodate large crowds [February 14: 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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