Chicago 'L' rapid transit station
General information
Location940 West Addison Street
Chicago, Illinois 60613
Coordinates41°56′51″N 87°39′13″W / 41.947462°N 87.653636°W / 41.947462; -87.653636
Owned byChicago Transit Authority
Line(s)North Side Main Line
Platforms1 island platform
Tracks4 (two temporarily out of service)
Structure typeElevated
Bicycle facilitiesYes
OpenedJune 6, 1900; 123 years ago (1900-06-06)[1]
20221,590,154[2]Increase 28.7%
Preceding station Chicago "L" Following station
toward Howard
Red Line Belmont
     Purple Line does not stop here
Former services
Preceding station Chicago "L" Following station
Closed 1949
toward Howard
North Side main line Clark
Closed 1949

Addison is a Chicago "L" station on the Chicago Transit Authority Red Line. It is located in the Wrigleyville area of the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois, at 940 West Addison Street with city block coordinates at 3600 North at 940 West. Addison directly serves Wrigley Field, home of Major League Baseball's Chicago Cubs. The station is within the shadow of the historic baseball stadium, which was built with convenient access to the "L".

Following Cubs games, this station can become heavily crowded; many fans often use the next station to the north, Sheridan. Purple Line weekday rush hour express service use the outside tracks but do not stop at this station.

Transit art

Chicago artist Steve Musgrave has several murals featuring Cubs legends on display at the Addison station, which he adopted as part of the CTA's Adopt-A-Station program in 1998. Four large murals feature Cubs legends Billy Williams, Ferguson Jenkins, "Mr. Cub," Ernie Banks and Ryne Sandberg.[3] A smaller painting of Harry Caray was added later.

Since 1998, Musgrave has also designed posters commemorating the annual Cubs–Sox crosstown series.[4] Beginning in 2003, the CTA has also issued farecards featuring the poster design.[5]


The station seen from an aerial view.

Prior to 2007, southbound afternoon Purple Line Express trains stopped at the station before weekday evening Cubs games, to speed travel times for customers from Evanston, Skokie and Wilmette. In an effort to prevent delays due to Brown Line construction just south of the station, Purple Line Express trains now stop at the nearby Sheridan station instead.[6]

From March 5, 2015 to March 21, 2016, AM Loop-bound Purple Line express trains shared 95th-bound Red Line tracks and stopped at Addison. This was due to the first phase of the Wilson station reconstruction.[7]

Bus connections




  1. ^ "Boys Meddle with "L" Track". Chicago Daily Tribune. June 7, 1900. p. 12.
  2. ^ "Annual Ridership Report – Calendar Year 2022" (PDF). Chicago Transit Authority, Ridership Analysis and Reporting. February 2, 2023. Retrieved June 9, 2023.
  3. ^ Red Line Customers Score a Commemorative Poster at Cubs–Sox Crosstown Series. Chicago Transit Authority. 2003-06-19. Retrieved on 2010-07-03.
  4. ^ Cubs–Sox Crosstown Series – CTA Connections – June 2010 – Chicago Transit Authority. Chicago Transit Authority. 2010-06-01. Retrieved on 2010-07-03.
  5. ^ CTA to Issue Commemorative Fare Card For Cubs–Sox Crosstown Series. Chicago Transit Authority. 2003-06-02. Retrieved on 2010-07-03.
  6. ^ CTA Provides Service to Wrigley Field This Baseball Season Archived 2007-10-25 at the Wayback Machine. Chicago Transit Authority. 2007-04-05. Retrieved on 2007-05-21.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on May 27, 2015. Retrieved May 26, 2015.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)