Adams/Wabash station

Adams/Wabash is an 'L' station serving the CTA's Brown, Green, Orange, Pink, and Purple Lines. Until 1963, it also served interurban trains of the Chicago North Shore and Milwaukee Railroad. It is the closest CTA station to Symphony Center, home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and the Art Institute of Chicago.

Adams/Wabash
 
200S
45E
Chicago 'L' rapid transit station
Purple-Green-Pink-Orange Line platform at Adams-Wabash.jpg
General information
Location201–23 South Wabash Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60604
Coordinates41°52′46″N 87°37′34″W / 41.8795°N 87.6261°W / 41.8795; -87.6261Coordinates: 41°52′46″N 87°37′34″W / 41.8795°N 87.6261°W / 41.8795; -87.6261
Owned byChicago Transit Authority
Line(s)Loop Elevated
Platforms2 Side platforms
Tracks2
Construction
Structure typeElevated
History
OpenedNovember 8, 1896
Rebuilt1987–89
Passengers
2020636,466[1]Decrease 69.5%
Rank27 out of 143
Services
Preceding station Chicago "L" Following station
Washington/​Wabash
One-way operation
Orange Line Roosevelt
toward Midway Pictograms-nps-airport.svg
Washington/​Wabash Green Line Roosevelt
Washington/​Wabash
One-way operation
Purple Line
Express
Library
toward Linden
Pink Line Library
Washington/​Wabash
toward Kimball
Brown Line Library
One-way operation
Former services
Preceding station Chicago North Shore and Milwaukee Railroad Following station
Madison/Wabash
toward Milwaukee
North Shore Line Congress/Wabash
Closed 1949
One-way operation
Preceding station Chicago "L" Following station
Madison/Wabash
Closed 2015
One-way operation
Orange Line Roosevelt
toward Midway Pictograms-nps-airport.svg
Madison/Wabash
Closed 2015
Green Line Roosevelt
Madison/Wabash
Closed 2015
One-way operation
Purple Line
Express
Library
toward Linden
Pink Line Library
Madison/Wabash
Closed 2015
toward Kimball
Brown Line Library
One-way operation
Location

HistoryEdit

The station was opened on November 8, 1896, by Lake Street Elevated Railroad before being incorporated into Charles Yerkes's Union Loop in October 1897.[2]

The station originally had separate ticket offices, one for each platform. The station houses were painted sheet metal similar to Madison/Wabash or Quincy stations with Corinthian pilasters and Baroque style window frames.

Each of the platforms was divided in half to create separate boarding areas for the two "L" companies serving the station. Passengers wishing to transfer between trains had to enter the station house and purchase a ticket for the other company. Transfers were simplified in 1913 and passengers were then able to access the entire platform with the same ticket.[2]

In 1940, during the first renovation of the station, a footbridge was built over the tracks. In 1967 fare control was moved to the mezzanine below the tracks, replacing the original station houses on the platform level.[2] Given the high traffic at the station, the two paths (below and above the tracks) have always coexisted.

In 1987, the mezzanine and the platforms were given a new makeover. Exit stairs and control booths were installed at each end of the platforms. The roof of the station was also replaced and extended on the platforms. This work lasted 2 years.

Bus connectionsEdit

CTA

  • 1 Bronzeville/Union Station (Weekday Rush Hours only)
  • 7 Harrison (Weekdays only)
  • 28 Stony Island (Weekday Rush Hours only)
  • 126 Jackson
  • 151 Sheridan

Notes and referencesEdit

NotesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Annual Ridership Report – Calendar Year 2020" (PDF). Chicago Transit Authority, Ridership Analysis and Reporting. January 19, 2021. Retrieved May 31, 2021.
  2. ^ a b c "Chicago L.org: Stations - Adams/Wabash". www.chicago-l.org. Retrieved 2021-06-23.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Adams/Wabash (CTA) at Wikimedia Commons