Chicago 'L' rapid transit station
Location1601 West Lake Street
Chicago, Illinois 60612
Coordinates41°53′07″N 87°40′01″W / 41.88528°N 87.66694°W / 41.88528; -87.66694Coordinates: 41°53′07″N 87°40′01″W / 41.88528°N 87.66694°W / 41.88528; -87.66694
Owned byChicago Transit Authority
Line(s)Lake Branch
Platforms2 Side platforms
Structure typeElevated
Disabled accessYes
OpenedNovember 6, 1893
ClosedApril 4, 1948 – February 25, 1951
2020300,664[1]Decrease 59.6%
Rank80 out of 143
Preceding station Chicago "L" Following station
California Green Line Morgan
Polk Pink Line Morgan
Former services
Preceding station Chicago "L" Following station
Lake Street Transfer
Closed 1951
Lake Street Elevated Loomis
Closed 1954
toward Loop
(Randolph/Wells) or Market Terminal
Track layout
Green west to Harlem/Lake
Pink south to 54th/Cermak
Paulina St.
Ashland Ave.
Justine St.
Green and Pink
east to 63rd Street and the Loop

Ashland (also Ashland/Lake) is an 'L' station on the CTA's Green and Pink Lines. It is an elevated station with two side platforms, located in Chicago's Near West Side neighborhood at 1601 West Lake Street. Just to the west of the station the Pink Line branches off from the Lake Street branch to follow the Paulina Connector to the Douglas branch. The adjacent stations are California (Green), which is located about 1+12 miles (2.4 km) to the west, Polk (Pink), which is located about 1 mile (1.6 km) to the south, and Morgan station, approximately 34 mile (1.2 km) to the east.


Ashland station opened on November 6, 1893, as part of the Lake Street Elevated Railroad's initial route,[2] and it is one of the oldest standing stations on the 'L'. The station closed on April 4, 1948, along with nine other stations on the Lake Street branch,[3] but later reopened on February 25, 1951, the same day the Milwaukee-Dearborn subway opened for service.[4] During the two-year closure of the Green Line from 1994 to 1996, the station was restored and elevators were added to make the station ADA compliant.

Structure and location

Ashland is the closest 'L' station to the United Center home of the Chicago Bulls NBA team and the Chicago Blackhawks NHL team. It is also directly adjacent to Union Park, venue for the Intonation Music Festival and the Pitchfork Music Festival.

Bus connections


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Notes and references



  1. ^ "Annual Ridership Report – Calendar Year 2020" (PDF). Chicago Transit Authority, Ridership Analysis and Reporting. January 19, 2021. Retrieved May 31, 2021.
  2. ^ "Ashland". Chicago "L".org. Archived from the original on 14 October 2006. Retrieved September 28, 2006.
  3. ^ "10 Stations Closed as CTA Speeds Up Lake St. Elevated". Chicago Daily Tribune. April 5, 1948. p. 4.
  4. ^ "Loop 'L' Jams Will be Eased by New Subway". Chicago Daily Tribune. February 22, 1951. p. C11.

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