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California station (CTA Blue Line)

California is a station on the Chicago Transit Authority's 'L' system, serving the Blue Line, on North California Avenue near West Fullerton Avenue in the Logan Square neighborhood. From California, trains run every 2–7 minutes during rush-hour periods, and take 12 minutes to reach the Loop.[citation needed] It is not to be confused with the California station on the Blue Line's Congress Branch, which permanently closed in 1973.

Chicago 'L' rapid transit station
California station 2014.jpg
Location2211 North California Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60647
Coordinates41°55′19″N 87°41′49″W / 41.921939°N 87.69689°W / 41.921939; -87.69689Coordinates: 41°55′19″N 87°41′49″W / 41.921939°N 87.69689°W / 41.921939; -87.69689
Owned byChicago Transit Authority
Line(s)O'Hare Branch
Platforms2 Side platforms
Structure typeElevated
Bicycle facilitiesYes
OpenedMay 25, 1895
Passengers (2018)1,727,606[1]Steady 0% (CTA)
Rank34 out of 143
Preceding station   Chicago "L"   Following station
toward O'Hare Pictograms-nps-airport.svg
Blue Line
toward Forest Park
Blue Line
Various Special Services

Along with Damen and Western, this station opens at a side platform, unlike all other Blue Line stations.


California station opened on May 25, 1895 as part of the Metropolitan West Side Elevated's Logan Square branch. In the summer of 2008, a temporary entrance immediately to the north of the station house was utilized for two weeks in order to renovate the station house. After stripping the interior, and removing the joist-supported wooden floor, the former crawl space was filled with gravel and covered by a concrete slab, the surface of which was patterned to imitate cobblestone. The repositioned agent box and farecard vending machines substantially increased the pedestrian traffic efficiency through the station house.[citation needed]

The station closed during September and October 2014 for major repairs, but the renovation plans did not include retrofitting the stop so that the elevated platform would be accessible to disabled passengers. The reopening ceremony on October 16 was attended by dignitaries including Rahm Emanuel and Dick Durbin.[2][3]

Station layoutEdit

Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Northbound Blue Line toward O'Hare (Logan Square)
Southbound Blue Line toward Forest Park (Western)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
G Street level Entrance/Exit

Bus connectionsEdit


  • 52 Kedzie/California
  • 56 Milwaukee


Notes and referencesEdit



  1. ^ "Annual Ridership Report – Calendar Year 2018" (PDF). Chicago Transit Authority, Ridership Analysis and Reporting. January 22, 2019. Retrieved September 26, 2019.
  2. ^ Hilkevitch, Jon (13 October 2014), "Blue Line's California station to reopen Thursday", Chicago Tribune, retrieved 17 April 2015
  3. ^ Swartz, Tracy (16 October 2014), "CTA California Blue Line stop opens to fanfare", RedEye, Chicago Tribune, retrieved 17 April 2015

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