Chicago 'L' rapid transit station
Location26 South State Street
Chicago, Illinois 60603
Coordinates41°52′51″N 87°37′40″W / 41.880745°N 87.627696°W / 41.880745; -87.627696Coordinates: 41°52′51″N 87°37′40″W / 41.880745°N 87.627696°W / 41.880745; -87.627696
Owned byCity of Chicago
Line(s)State Street subway
Platforms1 Island Platform
Structure typeSubway
Bicycle facilitiesYes
OpenedOctober 17, 1943
2020777,831[1]Decrease 73.2%
Rank18 out of 143
Preceding station Chicago "L" Following station
toward Howard
Red Line Jackson
Former services
Preceding station Chicago "L" Following station
Closed 2006
toward Howard
Red Line Jackson
Track layout
State St.
Red Line
north to Howard
Madison St.
Monroe St.
Marble Pl.
Adams St.
Red Line
south to 95th/Dan Ryan

Monroe (also Monroe/State) is an 'L' station on the CTA's Red Line. The station opened on October 17, 1943, as part of the State Street subway. The station is located in the Chicago Loop, and is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


Monroe station has retained many of its original features from its opening in 1943, such as the officers cabins, some auxiliary signaling and the Madison-Monroe mezzanine, which is named for the crossing of Madison Street and Monroe Street. Until October 2006, there was a station between Monroe and Lake: Washington/State station. Washington/State is located near Monroe. Passengers can walk onto the abandoned station platform from Monroe.

In 2009, The CTA put new station wall signs over the old blue station wall signs in order to better direct people to the mezzanines.

The station gives direct access to the adjacent Carson, Pirie, Scott and Company Building, a National Historic Landmark and Chicago Landmark that is also part of the Loop Retail Historic District.[2]

Bus connections


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. ^ Monroe/State Station (Chicago-'L'.org)

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