Underground Train

Completed Station Projects

Over the past several years, we've completed a wide range of station-related improvements across the 'L' system, including a variety renovations, renewals across the system and even the opening of new or fully reconstructed stations.

See also: System Improvement Projects (current)


Most recent projects

Older projects


Harrison Station Rehabilitation

In 2014, the Harrison station in the State Street Subway was rehabbed to revitalize the station’s look and feel. The station originally opened in 1943 with the rest of the State Street Subway, which is now served by Red Line trains.

The station received new main entrance canopies, an improved entry turnstile and attendant’s booth layout, repair and repainting of platform ceilings and subway tube walls, new granite flooring and ceramic tiling in the main entrance, as well as new security cameras, public address systems, water mitigation systems and more.

  • Press release from completion
  • Photo gallery on Flickr

Loyola Station Renovation

In 2013, work was finished on a renovated Loyola station by CTA, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and Loyola University.

The project helped stabilize existing infrastructure, upgrade the existing station and redirected pedestrian traffic away from the mid-block Sheridan Road crossing in front of the station for improved safety. The main entrance was relocated slightly north, along the embankment, to allow for a new pedestrian plaza and a more inviting path in and out of the station, with better visibility.

The project upgraded Loyola station with a bright, new ground-level station house with safer, more convenient access from the new plaza north of the station, as well as from Loyola Avenue on the west side of the station.

  • Press release from completion
  • Photo gallery on Flickr

New Oakton-Skokie Station

A new station was constructed in Skokie at Oakton Street and Skokie Blvd., on the Yellow Line, which opened on April 30, 2012.

The station was the first new stop added since the route opened by CTA in 1964 as the “Skokie Swift” and will provide easy rapid transit access to downtown Skokie and the Illinois Science + Technology Park.

The project is being managed by the Village of Skokie with grant funding provided by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT).

  • Press release from completion
  • Photo gallery on Flickr

New Morgan Station

In 2014, we opened a new Morgan station on the Lake Street ‘L’, served by Green & Pink Line trains, providing easy access to the booming West Loop area, with direct transit service to/from the Loop, Oak Park and parts of Chicago’s West and South Sides.

Located at the intersection of Morgan/Lake, construction of the station filled a nearly 1.5-mile gap in service between the Ashland and Clinton stations along the Lake Street ‘L’. Trains began serving the new station on May 18, 2012, making it the newest service stop along the CTA rail system since 1994. 

The $38 million station was constructed by the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) and funded with local tax-increment financing (TIF) and by a grant from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT).

  • Press release from completion
  • Photo gallery on Flickr

Roosevelt Elevated Station New Auxiliary Entrance

In 2012, we renovated the auxiliary exit at the Roosevelt Orange/Green lines station and made it into an auxiliary entrance, providing a more convenient transfer between buses and trains, and new amenities for everyone who uses the station.

The south entrance has a bright, new building equipped with High-Barrier Gate turnstiles, new lighting, and new signage. This improvement will allow customers to transfer from buses eastbound on Roosevelt Road directly to the elevated station without needing to cross Roosevelt Road, as well as provide more convenient access for residents of the South Loop.

  • Press release from completion
  • Photo gallery on Flickr

Grand (State Street Subway) Station Renovation

Completed January 2012
Until this project, the Grand station on today’s Red Line remained largely in its original state from when it opened in 1943. One of several subway stations renovated in the modern era by the Chicago Department of Transportation, the Grand station underwent a complete renovation while remaining open through most of the project and was unveiled on January 17, 2012.

Among the many improvements made during the renovation, the station was made accessible to people with disabilities by adding elevators to the street and each platform, the mezzanine-level entry area was greatly expanded and a number of station environment improvements were made, including new stairs, escalators, flooring and wall tiles (replaced new styles similar from other modern renovations of State Street Subway stations), the addition of new mosaics over the mezzanine and platform areas and new signage, lighting, security cameras and public address systems. 


Cermak-Chinatown Station Renovation

In mid-2011, work was completed on renovating and making the Cermak-Chinatown station on the Red Line accessible to people with disabilities, while also adding an additional entrance. The station originally opened with the rest of the Dan Ryan rapid transit line, now served by Red Line trains, in 1969.

In this project, a new stationhouse was built at street level on the north side of Cermak with a new elevator, making the station accessible to people with disabilities per Americans with Disabilities Act guidelines, along with a new escalator and more faregates than before. The exit on the south side of Cermak was upgraded to an auxiliary entrance and a new auxiliary entrance on the south side of Archer Avenue (at the north end of the station) was added for additional access to the neighborhood, where homes and businesses had grown further north than when the station was originally constructed.

  • Press release from completion
  • Photo gallery on Flickr


Station Renewal Program

In 2011, a Station Renewal Program began with Renew Crew visits to 100 stations in just one year to do major improvement works to stations’ environments as needed for each station.

Instead of doing singular, ad-hoc repairs, Renew Crews banded different trades’ services together to tackle a variety of tasks at once, leading to big improvements with added efficiencies.

Depending on the needs of a station, we did work like power-washing walls, floors, stairs, ceilings and elevators, repainted painted surfaces, improved or even replaced lighting, removed graffiti, cleaned gutters and drains, replace outdated or damaged signage, repaired or replaced concrete and more.

  • Press release from completion
  • Highlights photo gallery on Flickr


North/Clybourn Station Renovation

Through a partnership between CTA and Apple, the North/Clybourn station (opened 1943) was renovated in 2010 to provide new amenities and a more pleasant experience for everyone who uses the station.

Our agreement with Apple provided $3.9 million to undertake the improvement work and included improvements inside and outside the station, including a renovated station house (inside and out, including lighting, flooring, more turnstiles, brick masonry façade, a new attendant’s kiosk, signage and more) as well as platform improvements like new lighting, repainting and new benches.

  • Press release from completion
  • Photo gallery on Flickr
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