Chicago 'L' rapid transit station
Location800 North State Street
Chicago, Illinois 60654
Coordinates41°53′48″N 87°37′42″W / 41.896679°N 87.6282°W / 41.896679; -87.6282Coordinates: 41°53′48″N 87°37′42″W / 41.896679°N 87.6282°W / 41.896679; -87.6282
Owned byCity of Chicago
Line(s)State Street subway
Platforms2 side platforms
Structure typeSubway
Disabled accessYes
OpenedOctober 17, 1943; 78 years ago (1943-10-17)
Rebuilt1999–2001 (station renovation)
20201,409,684[1]Decrease 68.7%
Rank4 out of 143
Preceding station Chicago "L" Following station
toward Howard
Red Line Grand
Track layout
Red Line
north to Howard
Red Line
south to 95th/Dan Ryan
Chicago station
Chicago station
Location within Near North Side, Chicago

Chicago (also Chicago/State in station announcements) is an "L" station on the CTA's Red Line. It serves a significant portion of the Near North Side and Streeterville neighborhoods. With 5,259,992 overall boardings in 2014, it is the busiest station on the Red Line north of the Loop.[2]


The second stop on the Red Line north of the Chicago River, Chicago station lies in the central portion of the Near North Side. Specifically, it is located underneath the intersection of State Street and Chicago Avenue.[3] It is three blocks west of the northern section of the Magnificent Mile; the Chicago Water Tower is located on that strip at the intersection of Chicago and Michigan Avenues. It is also the closest 'L' station to the John Hancock Center, Holy Name Cathedral, the Rush Street entertainment district, and the downtown campus of Loyola University Chicago. The Chicago campus of the Moody Bible Institute is also nearby.


The Chicago station opened on October 17, 1943, as part of the State Street subway,[4] which forms the central portion of what is now the Red Line between North/Clybourn and Roosevelt stations.

During the 1950s, the CTA implemented skip-stop service throughout the 'L' system. Under this service pattern, Chicago was designated as AB along with all other downtown stations (on the Red Line, those stops south of Clark/Division and north of Cermak–Chinatown were given AB designations).[5] As a result, all trains stopped at these stations. The skip-stop service was ended due to budget cuts in the 1990s.


From 1999 until 2001, Chicago underwent renovation and refurbishment, in line with other stations of the State Street subway. Work included making the station ADA-compliant, with new elevators, redone flooring, retiling, and increased mezzanine space.[6][7]

Unlike most State Street Subway stations, Chicago uses a side platform configuration with two tracks, also used at Grand/State and North/Clybourn. There are entrances from street level at all corners of the intersection of North State Street and Chicago Avenue. One level below street level is a mezzanine containing fare controls and turnstiles, and the platforms are located beneath the mezzanine.

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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. ^ "Monthly Ridership Report – December 2014" (PDF). Chicago Transit Authority Ridership Analysis and Reporting. March 5, 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on April 13, 2015. Retrieved April 25, 2015.
  3. ^ Chicago (Red Line subway station) CTA Retrieved July 29, 2010
  4. ^ Shinnick, William (October 17, 1943). "Chicago Underground--A Subway at Last!". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. C1.
  5. ^ "1957 Chicago 'L' system map". Retrieved February 8, 2011.
  6. ^ Chicago/State Retrieved July 29, 2010
  7. ^