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Latest Update: May 6, 2019

"L" News Headlines

  • U.S. Senate's top Democrat calls for probe of CTA's Chinese rail car supplier [May 20: AP/Chicago Tribune]
  • Share the wealth: Group says booming downtown can help the neighborhoods [May 19: Chicago Sun-Times]
  • Police searching for suspects who beat, robbed person sleeping on Red Line train [May 19: Chicago Sun-Times]
  • Police Seeking Six Suspects In CTA Red Line Attack On Sleeping Passenger [May 19: CBS Chicago]
  • Police Seek 6 Suspects Who Beat, Robbed Man on Red Line Train [May 19: NBC Chicago]
  • Green Line trains stopping at Cicero again after fight on the platform [May 18: Chicago Sun-Times]
  • She lost her purse on the 'L' and despaired. 'Chicago may surprise you,' a stranger said. And it did. [May 17: Chicago Tribune]
  • Man hospitalized after being hit by train at Western Blue Line station [May 14: Chicago Sun-Times]
  • Illinois congressman warns new Chinese-made CTA trains may pose 'dangerous threat' [May 13: Fox Chicago]
  • Red Line service resumes after person hit by train and killed at Bryn Mawr stop [May 12: Chicago Sun-Times]
  • Red Line Not Stopping At Bryn Mawr Station After Person Killed By Train [May 12: CBS Chicago]
  • CTA Red Line Service Resumes on North Side After Person Struck, Killed by Train [May 12: NBC Chicago]
  • Person hit by train at CTA Red Line Bryn Mawr stop, delays expected [May 12: ABC Chicago]
  • Oak Park police: Cellphone stolen from hands of CTA blue line commuter [May 11: Oak Leaves]
  • Boy, 14, charged with attempted murder in Argyle Red Line shooting released to mother's custody [May 11: ABC Chicago]
  • 14-year-old boy charged with shooting two men at Argyle CTA station in Uptown [May 10: Chicago Tribune]
  • Boy charged in Red Line shooting released to parent over demands of prosecutors [May 10: Chicago Sun-Times]
  • Teen Charged With Shooting Two Men At Argyle Red Line Station Released By Judge With No Supervision [May 10: CBS Chicago]
  • Juvenile Charged in Red Line Shooting Released to Parent Over Prosecutor's Objections [May 10: NBC Chicago]
  • CTA on celluloid [May 9: Chicago Reader]
  • Man charged with attempted murder after attacking CTA commuter with screwdriver and broken bottle, Oak Park police say [May 9: Oak Leaves]
  • Two Arrested In Connection With Argyle CTA Stop Shooting [May 9: CBS Chicago]
  • 2 in custody, charges pending after police release surveillance photos of suspects in Argyle Red Line stop shooting [May 8: Chicago Tribune]
  • 2 in custody after Argyle Red Line station shooting [May 8: Chicago Sun-Times]
  • 2 in Custody After Argyle Red Line Station Shooting [May 8: NBC Chicago]
  • 2 in custody for Argyle Red Line shooting, police say [May 8: ABC Chicago]
  • Mayor Emanuel and CTA Announce New Public Wi-Fi Service Now Available in All Downtown Red and Blue Line Subway Stations [May 8: CTA press release]
  • CTA now offering free Wi-Fi service at some Red, Blue Line Loop stations [May 8: ABC Chicago]
  • Police release surveillance photos of 2 suspects wanted in shooting at Argyle Red Line stop [May 8: Chicago Tribune]
  • 2 shot at Argyle Red Line station, CPD releases surveillance images of suspects [May 8: Chicago Sun-Times]
  • Man charged with fighting CTA employee [May 7: Forest Park Review]
  • Two shot at Argyle Red Line stop, jamming evening commute [May 6: Chicago Tribune]
  • Red Line, Purple Line Service Delayed Between Howard,Addison After Shooting [May 6: CBS Chicago]
  • 2 Shot at Red Line Argyle Station [May 6: NBC Chicago]
  • CTA Red Line Argyle shooting injures 2, Chicago police say [May 6: ABC Chicago]
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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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