Chicago L

Chicago L Information

Chicago L is the rapid transit system that serves the city of Chicago and surrounding areas, the US state of Illinois. Chicago L is operated by the Chicago transport authority and it is the third largest rapid transit system in the US. Chicago L is the third busiest transit system in the US after New York City Subway and Washington Metro. Chicago L provides 24 hour service to 3 million inhabitants living in the US. Chicago L started operation in 1892 and the total length of the route is 360.7km. The rapid transit system serves 145 stations and daily 788,415 passengers’ uses the metro on weekdays. It is the second oldest rapid transit system that started operation in America after Boston. The transit is focused towards the loop. “L” is its nickname and most of its network is elevated.

Chicago L Lines

Chicago L offer services through 8 lines and all the lines are officially identified by color.

  • Red line – Red line consists of Howard, State Street Subway and Dan Ryan branches. It is the busiest route serving 268,580 passengers on weekdays and the line offer services 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The route is 35km long serving 33 stations. The red line offer service from Howards Street Terminal moving towards downtown Chicago through the State Street Subway and then it reaches 95th Street on the South side. Extension plan of this route is currently being considered.
  • Blue line – The blue line consists of O’Hare, Milwaukee-Dearborn Subway and Congressional branches. The route is 43km long serving 33 stations. It is the second busiest line that offers service from O’Hare International Airport in Milwaukee-Dearborn Subway.
  • Brown line or Ravenswood line – The route is 18 km long serving 19 stations. The route offer service between Kimball Avenue and Loop in Downtown Chicago.
  • Green line – The green line consists of Lake Street Elevated, South Side Elevated, Ashland and East 63rd branches. The line is 33.5km long with 29 stations. The line offer service between Forest Park and Oak Park through the Loop.
  • Orange line – The orange line is 21km long and it runs from Chicago Midway International Airport to the Loop in Downtown Chicago.
  • Purple line – The purple line is 6km long and it offers service from north of Suburban Evanston and Wilmette to the Loop during weekdays and during rush hours. The local service connects red and yellow line. The purple line consists of branches Evanston Shuttle and Evanston Express.
  • Pink line – The pink line consist of branches Douglas branch and Pauline Connector. The line is 18km long and it offers service from Douglas Park via Paulina Connector and the touches Green line to the Loop.
  • Yellow line – the yellow line is 8km long serving 3 stations and it runs from Howard Street Terminal to Skokie Terminal and the line operates as nonstop shuttle.

Brown, Green, Orange, Pink and Purple line serves downtown Chicago via the Loop. Orange, Purple and Pink line runs clockwise and brown line runs counter clockwise.

Chicago L Map

Map of Chicago L System showing various lines and stations. Click on the map to enlarge it or Download Chicago L PDF Map.

Map of Chicago L Metro

Chicago L Hours

Chicago L offer 24 hour service to passengers, 7 days a week and the trains run on a regular schedule.

Chicago L Fares, Tickets and Cards

Through Chicago L a single ride will cost $2.25 and senior citizens above 65 can ride for free. Children’s between 7 and 11 years of age has to pay reduced fare $ 0.5 and small children’s less than 7 years of age can have a free ride. Passengers can use transit card and they can validate the amount from $2 to $100. Passes are available for unlimited rides and for 1 day it will cost $10. Students have to pay reduced fare of $ 0.75.

Pass Price
1-Day CTA Pass $10
3-Day CTA Pass $20
7-Day CTA Pass $28
7-Day CTA/Pace Pass $33
30-Day CTA/Pace Pass $100

Chicago L Parking

Chicago L offers daily parking facilities to metro passengers. You will require paying $5.00 on the blue line for 12 hours parking. On pink line the fare is $2.00 for 12 hours parking and on brown line and orange line, the parking fee is $5.00 for 12 hours. Monthly parking facilities are also available.

Chicago L Rules and Tips

Bicycles are allowed to carry on trains every day except during rush times. At all metro stations, elevators are provided for disabled passengers. Smoking and drinking are prohibited in Chicago L trains. Service animals are permitted to carry all the time. Photography and video recording at non public areas are not permitted.

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