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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: April 7, 2024

  • Belmont Blue Line station profile updated and expanded, with more detail and information about the station's history and development, about the proposed renovation/accessibility design, and recent funding information for renovation as part of the All Stations Accessibility Program (ASAP), plus 24 new photos.

"L" News Headlines

  • Track fire delays downtown CTA trains on elevated lines [June 21: Chicago Sun-Times]
  • 'Major delays' reported on several CTA train lines due to emergency crews on downtown tracks [June 21: NBC Chicago]
  • First public meeting on advanced construction work for Red Line Extension covered demolition, utility relocation plans [June 20: Streetsblog Chicago]
  • Train appears to be derailed on CTA Green Line on Chicago's South Side [June 20: CBS Chicago]
  • CTA withdraws application for billboard near Blue Line stop [June 20: Forest Park Review]
  • Work about to begin on long-awaited Red Line Extension on Chicago's South Side [June 19: CBS Chicago]
  • At Transport Chicago, experts discussed creative ideas to save the region's transit system from looming fiscal cliff [June 19: Streetsblog Chicago]
  • CTA's Father's Day Service Fail Left Blue Line Riders Stranded In Heat [June 19: Block Club Chicago]
  • CTA Blue Line service restored after suspended near O'Hare due to 'Fire Department activity' [June 18: Chicago Sun-Times]
  • Blue Line service resumes between O'Hare, Rosemont, after 'fire dept. activity,' CTA says [June 18: ABC Chicago]
  • CTA says Red Line Extension moves closer to reality [June 18: Axios Chicago]
  • This Summer CPS Corliss High School Students Will Document Chicago Transit History Being Made: The CTA's Red Line Extension [June 17: CTA press release]
  • CTA could play a key role in reducing Chicago emissions. But first, it will have to get riders back. [June 17: Chicago Tribune]
  • CTA Green, Orange lines resume service 4 hours after track fire near Roosevelt Road [June 17: Chicago Sun-Times]
  • CTA Green, Orange Line trains running with delays after reported track fire in South Loop [June 17: ABC Chicago]
  • Event promoted as Redline Express 'rave train' will not happen Saturday, CTA and organizers say [June 15: ABC Chicago]
  • Fire on train disrupts CTA Brown Line north of downtown Chicago [June 14: CBS Chicago]
  • CTA Second Chance trainees say they faced discipline after complaining of burns from caustic cleaners [June 14: Chicago Sun-Times]
  • Chicago Transit Authority says "rave" event on Brown Line cannot go ahead [June 14: CBS Chicago]
  • CTA Stops 'Rave Train' Planned For Saturday, Saying It Was Never Approved [June 14: Block Club Chicago]
  • Turns out, that planned rave on a CTA train is not actually happening this weekend [June 14: Time Out Chicago]
  • CTA Statement Regarding Non-Approved "Rave Train" Event this Weekend [June 13: CTA statement]
  • CTA, Metra, Pace may soon offer a combined day pass [June 13: Chicago Sun-Times]
  • CTA train service interrupted in River North after 'defective equipment' leads to smoke [June 13: NBC Chicago]
  • CTA Hits Average Weekday Ridership of 1 Million in May [June 12: CTA press release]
  • CTA service will return to pre-pandemic levels by end of year, chief Dorval Carter predicts [June 12: Chicago Sun-Times]
  • CTA, Metra and Pace could launch day pass to be used across all three transit systems [June 12: Chicago Tribune]
  • Transit breakthrough at hand with pass that works on Metra, Pace and CTA [June 12: Daily Herald]
  • Chicago's First-Ever CTA Train Rave [June 12: WGN Chicago]
  • You can attend a rave on a CTA train this weekend [June 11: Block Club Chicago]
  • South Loop man charged in 3 CTA Green Line attacks [June 11: Chicago Sun-Times]
  • 1 charged after group of teens rob man of gym shoes on CTA Blue Line train, Chicago police say [June 11: ABC Chicago]
  • CTA unveils renderings for rehab of Western Brown Line Station [June 10: Chicago Construction News]
  • Police seek CTA Blue Line armed robbery suspects [June 10: Chicago Sun-Times]
  • 14-year-old girl charged in connection to 4 violent robberies on CTA property [June 8: CBS 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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