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Van Buren Street
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General information
Location132 East Van Buren Street
Chicago Loop, Chicago, Illinois 60604
Coordinates(400 S/100 E)
41°52′38″N 87°37′22″W / 41.877326°N 87.622844°W / 41.877326; -87.622844Coordinates: 41°52′38″N 87°37′22″W / 41.877326°N 87.622844°W / 41.877326; -87.622844
Owned byMetra
Line(s)University Park Sub District
Platforms1 side platform, 1 island platform
ConnectionsLocal Transit CTA Bus
Local Transit Pace Buses
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Fare zoneA (Metra)
1 (South Shore)
Electrified1500v DC
10,000 daily (Metra)[1]
Preceding station
Following station
Museum Campus/11th Street Metra Electric Millennium Station
Preceding station NICTD Following station
Museum Campus/11th Street South Shore Line Millennium Station
Former services
Preceding station Illinois Central Railroad Following station
Roosevelt Road Electric Suburban Randolph Street
Roosevelt Road
toward Addison
West Suburban

Van Buren Street station is a commuter rail station in downtown Chicago that serves the Metra Electric Line to University Park, Blue Island, and South Chicago neighborhood; and the South Shore Line to Gary and South Bend, Indiana.

The station has three tracks, with one side and one island platform. During the morning rush hour, platform 1 serves all outbound trains. Platform 2 serves local trains arriving from South Chicago, and trains from Blue Island. Platform 3 serves trains from the University Park mainline, which are usually expresses. During the off-peak hours and evening rush hour, Platform 1 serves express trains serving the University Park mainline. Platform 2 serves local trains headed for South Chicago, and trains headed for Blue Island. Platform 3 serves all inbound trains. In addition, South Shore Line trains from Millennium Station use platform 1, while trains to Millennium Station use platform 3, regardless of the time of day.

One of the station's entrances is a replica of an Hector Guimard-designed, Art Nouveau-style Paris Métro entrance. The entrance was given to Chicago as a gift by the city of Paris in 2001.[2]

Bus connections

CTA Buses



  1. ^ "Metra:Van Buren Street Station". Archived from the original on 2009-12-09. Retrieved 2009-11-09.
  2. ^ "Paris Gives Chicago touch of Belle Epoque," Chicago Sun-Times, May 13, 2001 (retrieved 23 December 2006)