Ashland station (CTA Green and Pink Lines)

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Ashland Station 2015.jpg
Location 1601 West Lake Street
Chicago, Illinois 60612
Coordinates 41°53′07″N 87°40′01″W / 41.885269°N 87.666969°W / 41.885269; -87.666969
Owned by Chicago Transit Authority
Platforms 2 Side platforms
Tracks 2
Structure type Elevated
Disabled access Yes
Opened November 6, 1893
Rebuilt 1996 (restored)
Passengers (2017) 739,787[1]Decrease 2.6%
Rank 89 out of 143
Preceding station   Chicago "L"   Following station
Lake Branch
toward Harlem/Lake
Green Line
toward 54th/Cermak
Pink Line
Route map

Green Line
west to Harlem/Lake
Pink Line
south to 54th/Cermak
Paulina St.
Ashland Ave.
Justine St.
Pink Line and Green Line
east to the Loop, Ashland/63rd
and Cottage Grove

Ashland (also Ashland/Lake) is an 'L' station on the CTA's Green and Pink Lines. It is an elevated station with two side platforms, located in Chicago's Near West Side neighborhood at 1601 West Lake Street. Just to the west of the station the Pink Line branches off from the Lake Street branch to follow the Paulina Connector to the Cermak branch. The adjacent stations are California (Green), which is located about 1 12 miles (2.4 km) to the west, Polk (Pink), which is located about 1 mile (1.6 km) to the south, and Morgan station, approximately 34 mile (1.2 km) to the east.


Ashland Station opened on November 6, 1893 as part of the Lake Street Elevated Railroad's initial route,[2] and it is one of the oldest standing stations on the 'L'. The station closed on April 4, 1948, along with nine other stations on the Lake Street branch,[3] but later reopened on February 25, 1951, the same day the Milwaukee-Dearborn subway opened for service.[4] During the two-year closure of the Green Line from 1994–1996, the station was restored and elevators were added to make the station ADA compliant.

Structure and location[edit]

Ashland is the closest 'L' station to the United Center home of the Chicago Bulls NBA team and the Chicago Blackhawks NHL team. It is also directly adjacent to Union Park, venue for the Intonation Music Festival and the Pitchfork Music Festival.

Bus connections[edit]


  • 9 Ashland (Owl Service)
  • X9 Ashland Express (weekday rush hours only)

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]



  1. ^ "Annual Ridership Report – Calendar Year 2017" (PDF). Chicago Transit Authority, Ridership Analysis and Reporting. January 31, 2018. Retrieved July 29, 2018.
  2. ^ "Ashland". Chicago "L".org. Archived from the original on 14 October 2006. Retrieved September 28, 2006.
  3. ^ "10 Stations Closed as CTA Speeds Up Lake St. Elevated". Chicago Daily Tribune. April 5, 1948. p. 4.
  4. ^ "Loop 'L' Jams Will be Eased by New Subway". Chicago Daily Tribune. February 22, 1951. p. C11.

External links[edit]

Media related to Ashland/Lake (CTA) at Wikimedia Commons