Metro in Chicago, Illinois

The Chicago “L,” the rapid transit system in Chicago City is operated by Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) and is the fourth biggest rapid transit system in the United States regarding total route length. It is the main transportation system in Chicago. The route of the Chicago "L" is 102,8 miles (165.4km) long. Chicago "L" is not only a transit system but also an iconic symbol of the city. The name "L" derived from a word "Elevated." Chicago, exclusively in the US, still have elevated trains in its downtown area. 

"L" train full fare is $2.50, the reduced fare is $1.25, and the student fare is $.75.

On some portions of its network, Chicago “L” provides 24-hour service. “L” train can take passengers both to O’Hare and Midway airports. CTA blue line “L” goes to O’Hare and the orange line “L” goes to Midway Airport.

There are eight different lines of the Chicago "L." Those are Red Line, Blue Line, Brown Line, Greenline, Orange line, Pink Line, Purple Line, Yellow Line .

The Red Line offers 24-hour train service between Howard on The North Side and 95th/Dan Ryan on the south side via subway through downtown part of Chicago. The Red Line Services all times, every day.

Blue Line also services all times, every day and runs between O’Hare and Forest Park.

Brown line operates from Kimball to downtown. The operation hours from Kimball to Loop L on weekdays and Saturday are 4:00 AM to 1 AM and from Loop L to Kimball 4:30 AM to 1:30 AM. On Sundays from Kimball to Loop ‘L’ from 5:00 AM to 1:00 AM and from Loop ‘L’ to Kimball from 5:30 AM to 1:30 AM.

On weekdays and Saturdays Brown “L” goes to Belmont from Kimball from 4:00 AM to 2:00 AM and on Sundays from 5:00 AM to 1:00. From Belmont to Kimball on weekdays and Saturday from 5:00 AM to 2:20 AM and from 6:00 AM to 2:00 AM on Sundays.

The Green Line operates between Harlem/Lake and Cottage Grove or Ashland/63rd

From Harlem to Cottage Grove on weekdays Green line runs from 4:00 AM to 12:50 AM, on Saturdays 5:00 AM – 12:50 AM and on Sundays from 5:00 AM to 12:50 AM.

From Cottage Grove to Harlem on weekdays from 4:05 to 1:00 AM, on Saturdays and Sundays from 5:05 to 1:00 AM.

From Harlem to Ashland/63rdfrom 4:10 AM to 1:05 AM on weekdays, from 5:15 AM to 1:05 on Saturdays and Sundays.

From Ashland/63rdto Harlem the Green line runs on weekdays from 3:50 AM to 12:40 AM, on Saturday and Sunday from 5:15 to 1:05 AM.

The Orange Line operates between Midway International airport and downtown. On a weekday it goes to Loop ‘L' from Midway from 3:30 AM to 1:05 AM, on Saturdays it operates from 4:00 AM to 1:05 AM and on Sundays from 4:30 AM to 1:05 AM.

The passengers traveling to Midway airports can catch an Orange Line train on weekdays between 3:50 AM – 1:25 AM, on Saturdays 4:20 AM – 1:25 AM and between 4:50 AM – 1:25 AM.

The Pink Line operates daily from 54th/Cermak to Downtown Chicago. Operation hours from Cermak to Downtown on weekdays are 4:00 AM – 1:00 AM, on Saturdays and Sundays at 5:00 AM – 1 AM. From Downtown to Cermak on weekdays 4:25 AM – 1:25 AM, on Saturdays and Sundays at 5:25 AM – 1:25 AM.

The Purple line provides service between Linden and Howard and Express Service between Linden and Downtown. Operation hours from Linden to Howard: Mon.-Thu. 4:45 AM-1:30 AM, Friday 4:50 AM – 2:10 AM, Saturday 5:30 AM – 2:15 AM, Sunday 6:30 AM – 1:45 AM.

From Howard to Linden Mon.-Thu.4:25 AM-1:10 AM, Friday 4:30 AM – 1:50 AM, Saturday 5:05 AM – 1:50 AM, Sunday 6:05 AM – 1:20 AM.

Express service from Linden to downtown is provided from Monday to Friday. From Linden to the Loop ‘L’ between 5:15 AM – 9:20 AM, 2:25 PM – 6:25 PM, from Loop ‘L’ to Linden between 5:55 AM – 10:05 AM, 3:05 PM – 7:05 PM.

The Yellow Line operates between Dempster-Skokie and Howard (Skokie Swift)

Dempster-Skokie to Howard: Weekdays 5:00 AM – 11:15 PM, Saturday 6:30 AM – 11:15 PM, Sunday 6:30 AM – 11:15 PM.

Howard to Dempster-Skokie: Weekdays 4:45 AM – 11:00 PM, 6:15 AM – 11:00 PM, 6:15 AM – 11:00 PM.

As an addition to the Chicago "L," CTA offers buses that consist of 140 routes and make over 25,000 trips daily and serve nearly 12,000 bus stops throughout the region. Several routes provide 24-hour service and are known as "Owl Service."

The full map of routes can be accessed below:

https://www.transitchicago.com/assets/1/6/ctamap_SystemMap.pdf               

 

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