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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: October 16, 2020

"L" News Headlines

  • Review: The Loop: The 'L' Tracks That Shaped and Saved Chicago, by Patrick T. Reardon [November 25: Third Coast Review]
  • CTA Green Line, Metra UP-W trains stopped due to 'police activity' at Harlem [November 25: Chicago Sun-Times]
  • Transit agencies discuss plans for possible "Armageddon" funding scenario [November 25: Streetsblog Chicago]
  • Fun tradition continues for CTA Holiday Train & Bus [November 24: The Beverly Review]
  • Lightfoot's budget narrowly passes, with downsides for transit riders and motorists alike [November 24: Streetsblog Chicago]
  • Chicago area transit agency budgets bank on more federal help in 2021 [November 24: The Bond Buyer]
  • Transit groups slam Lightfoot CTA funding cut [November 23: Crain's Chicago Business]
  • CTA offering one-of-a-kind transit and Chicago-themed gifts this holiday season [November 23: WBBM Newsradio 780]
  • How can CTA riders stay warm while maintaining social distance? [November 22: Streetsblog Chicago]
  • Police search for suspects after CTA passenger beaten, robbed on Pink Line [November 22: ABC Chicago]
  • Police Search For Assailants Who Attacked, Robbed Man On Pink Line At Damen Stop [November 22: CBS Chicago]
  • Santa Claus is coming to town aboard the CTA Holiday Train and Bus - but socially distanced [November 20: CTA press release]
  • CTA to run holiday train and buses, but riders won't be able to board because of COVID-19 [November 20: Chicago Tribune]
  • CTA holiday train and bus to return, but no riders allowed [November 20: Chicago Sun-Times]
  • CTA Holiday Train, Bus Schedule Released -- With One Major Change for 2020 [November 20: NBC Chicago]
  • CTA Holiday Train, Bus returning for 2020, but without riders [November 20: ABC Chicago]
  • 3-cent gas tax hike wouldn’t impact drivers much, but taking $16M from CTA is wrong [November 20: Streetsblog Chicago]
  • Brown Line's Flyover At Belmont Takes Shape As Steel Installed To Send Trains Over Red Line [November 19: Block Club Chicago]
  • CTA wins design award for Garfield Station renovation [November 19: Progressive Railroading]
  • Chicago Transit Board Approves 2021 CTA Operating, Capital Budgets [November 18: CTA press release]
  • CTA 'Cautiously Optimistic' About Second Round of Transit Stimulus Money [November 18: WTTW Chicago]
  • Person found dead on CTA tracks at Harold Washington Library-State/Van Buren stop [November 18: Chicago Sun-Times]
  • Man found dead on CTA tracks in the Loop [November 18: WGN Chicago]
  • Landmarks Commission Honors Chicago's Best Preservation Projects of 2020 [November 17: City of Chicago press release]
  • What Joe Biden's Transportation Agenda Could Mean For Chicago [November 16: WTTW Chicago]
  • CTA online budget hearing was a short, glitchy affair amid uncertain funding future [November 16: Streetsblog Chicago]
  • Person struck by Blue Line train at Grand [November 16: Chicago Sun-Times]
  • CTA Blue Line Suspended From Damen To Racine Due To Medical Emergency On Tracks [November 16: CBS Chicago]
  • Here are AIA Chicago's 2020 Design Excellence winners [November 14: Architect News]
  • Amid a pandemic that isolates us, Chicago architecture awards recognize designs that build community [November 13: Chicago Tribune]
  • Southbound Red Line trains to bypass Jarvis through Bryn Mawr [November 14: Chicago Sun-Times]
  • CTA to hold 2021 budget hearing facing $375M deficit [November 12: ABC Chicago]
Chicago-L.org is not responsible for broken links, removed pages, or other sites' content

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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