Chicago Subway Map
The Chicago Subway network, also known as Chicago L, is made of 145 stations over 8 different lines, labelled with colours. It is the second busiest rapid transit system in the US, with around 250 millions passengers using it every year, far behind the New York Subway and its 1750 millions annual passengers. You can find below the Chicago Subway Map.
Chicago Subway Lines
The Red line runs from Howard to 95th/Dan Ryan station.
2 of the most beautiful churches of Chicago are located close to the line, the Episcopal Church of the Atonement and Parish House at Thorndale station and Holy Name Cathedral at Chicago Subway station, which is also close to the Chicago Water Tower. If you are a baseball fan, you have the possibility to access Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs, from Addison L station, while the home field of the Chicago White Sox, Guaranteed Rate Field, is located close to Sox–35th. Other sites of interest are accessible with the Red line, such as Chicago History Museum at North/Clybourn station, and Chinatown neighbourhood at Cermak–Chinatown.
The Blue line operates from O’Hare to Forest Park station.
O’Hare International Airport is one of the two terminus stations of the Blue line. Many examples of the Polish Cathedral style of churches can be visited from this subway line, such as St. Hyacinth Basilica at Belmont station, St. Hedwig’s Church at Western station, St. Mary of the Angels at Damen station, Holy Trinity Church and St. Stanislaus Kostka Church at Division station, and St. John Cantius Church at Chicago station. Other important sites in the life of Chicago residents can be accessed from the Blue line, and particularly the University of Illinois at Chicago from UIC–Halsted station and United Center, home of the Chicago Bulls and the Chicago Blackhawks from Illinois Medical District L station.
Ravenswood Line, the Brown line on the Chicago subway map, runs from Kimball station to Clark/Lake.
Some of Chicago’s most important neighbourhoods, such as Lakeview, River North and The Loop are served by the Brown Line. Additionnally, this line can be used to visit interesting sites from a tourist perspective, like Lincoln Park Zoo at Armitage station, the Willis Tower that can be accessed from Quincy station and Buckingham Fountain at Adams/Wabash. Other interesting sites, Chicago City Hall, the Civic Opera House and Chicago Cultural Center, are also located close to the Brown Line.
The Green line operates from Harlem/Lake to Ashland/63rd and Cottage Grove stations.
Interesting museums can be accessed from the Green Line, such as the Field Museum of Natural History, the Adler Planetarium and Shedd Aquarium from Roosevelt station. If you prefer to spend time in green spaces, you can have a walk in Grant Park from Adams/Wabash subway station. A couple of important sport venues are also located on the line, United Center stands close to Ashland station while Wintrust Arena is located at walking distance from Cermak–McCormick Place. Last but not least, the University of Chicago is located close to Garfield and Cottage Grove L stations.
Midway Line, the Orange line on the Chicago Subway map, runs from Midway station to Adams/Wabash.
The main role of the Orange line is to link Midway International Airport to the city center of Chicago. It serves the business district of the Loop, including Willis Tower and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago at Quincy station, the Chicago Board of Trade at LaSalle/Van Buren, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange at Washington/Wells subway station, and the James R. Thompson Center and Daley Plaza at Clark/Lake.
The Purple line operates from Linden to Howard and Washington/Wells stations.
The magnificent Bahá’í Temple can be accessed from Linden station, while Grosse Point Light and Ryan Field of Northwestern University are located at walking distance from Central L station. Lakeview, Lincoln Park, Old Town and North Avenue Beach neighbourhoods are also close to the Purple line.
The Pink line runs from 54th/Cermak station to Washington/Wells.
The famous Little Italy neighbourhood is located very close to Polk subway station. A large number of cultural venues are also accessible from the Pink line, such as the Chicago Theatre from State/Lake, the Art Institute of Chicago and Orchestra Hall from Adams/Wabash station, and the Chicago Cultural Center from Washington/Wabash L station.
The Yellow line, also known as the Skokie Swift, operates from Dempster-Skokie to Howard station. It is the shortest line of the Chicago L network, with only 3 stops, Dempster–Skokie, Oakton–Skokie and Howard. Those 3 stations have good connections to CTA and Pace bus lines.
There are no points of interest accessible from the Yellow line, as you can see on the Chicago Subway map.
Chicago Subway Schedule
Trains run all time on the Blue and Red lines, even at night and on weekends. On weekdays, service on the other lines starts between 3:30 and 5 AM on weekdays (usually 1 hour later on weekends), and stops between 1 and 2:30 AM, except for the yellow line, on which trains stop running around 11 PM.
You can have a look on the Official CTA website to check the schedule of each of the 8 lines of the Chicago L network.
Chicago Subway Fares
The price of a ticket for a ride on the Chicago Subway is $2.50. It is valid for a journey on all the L network, except if you take a train from O’Hare station. In that case, ticket will cost $5.
You can use a Ventra Card to purchase credit for your journeys on the Chicago Subway, or daily, weekly and monthly passes.