Racine station (CTA Green Line)

Racine is an abandoned rapid transit station on the Chicago Transit Authority's Green Line. The station is located at 6314–16 South Racine Avenue in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. Racine opened on February 25, 1907, when the Englewood branch of the South Side Elevated Railroad was extended westward. The station closed with the rest of the Green Line on January 9, 1994, but did not reopen with the rest of the line on May 12, 1996.[1]

Former Chicago 'L' rapid transit station
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General information
Location6314–16 South Racine Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60621
Coordinates41°46′46″N 87°39′16″W / 41.779445°N 87.654515°W / 41.779445; -87.654515Coordinates: 41°46′46″N 87°39′16″W / 41.779445°N 87.654515°W / 41.779445; -87.654515
Owned byChicago Transit Authority
Line(s)Englewood Branch
Platforms2 side platforms
Tracks2 tracks
Structure typeElevated
OpenedFebruary 25, 1907
ClosedJanuary 9, 1994
Previous namesCenter Street
Preceding station Chicago "L" Following station
Closed as part of the Green Line (from 1993)
Englewood branch Halsted
toward 58th
Closed 1969
Track layout
Green Line
east to Harlem/Lake
Racine Shops
Racine Ave.
Green Line
west to Ashland/63rd


Racine was built in 1905–06 during the first years of the Englewood branch's existence. The station was designed in the Greek revival style by architect Earl Nielson. The original station building and platform still remain at the site, as Racine has not undergone any major renovations since it opened. Racine is the only original Englewood station that has not been demolished or rebuilt.[1]

Racine entered service on February 25, 1907. It served as the terminus of the Englewood branch before it was extended to Loomis in July of the same year. The station was originally known as Center Street; it changed its name when Center Street changed its name to Racine Avenue. When the CTA instituted A/B skip-stop service in 1949, Racine, along with the entire Englewood branch, became an "A" station.

Closure of the stationEdit

When the Green Line closed on January 9, 1994, for a two-year renovation, Racine closed along with the other Green Line stations. However, Racine did not reopen with the rest of the line on May 12, 1996. The CTA decided to close Racine and five other stations permanently in 1994, when they began the Green Line project.[2] The station closings were controversial in certain communities, and a group of over 20 community leaders known as the Green Line Coalition protested outside Mayor Richard M. Daley's office. They claimed that the CTA had reneged on its promise to reopen the stations and that the closures would affect economic development in poorer communities.[3] Illinois State Senator Rickey Hendon also referred to the closings as racist and "a slap in the face" because the closed stations were in African-American communities.[2] After they closed the station, the CTA chose not to demolish due to its status as a historic station per a memorandum of agreement between the CTA and the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. As a result, employees at the adjacent Racine Shops train yard used the platforms to board and exit trains until the platform floors were removed in late 2016 to early 2017.[4]

Possible reopeningEdit

As of December 2022, the CTA considered reopening the station after advocates in Englewood petitioned to get the station reopened.[5][6] A referendum about reopening the station was placed on ballots in the 16th Ward for the first round of the 2023 Chicago elections. Over 93% of voters supported reopening the station in the ensuing vote on February 28, 2023.[7]


  1. ^ a b Garfield, Graham. "Racine". Chicago-L.org. Retrieved 1 December 2008.
  2. ^ a b Golab, Art (10 March 1994). "Net Loss of 4 Stops In CTA Master Plan". Chicago Sun-Times.
  3. ^ Wu, Olivia (28 February 1996). "Coalition Protests Green Line Closings". Chicago Tribune.
  4. ^ Garfield, Graham. "Historic "L" Station Tour 2001". Chicago-L.org. Retrieved 28 April 2011.
  5. ^ "CTA supports reopening Racine station on Green Line". Chicago Sun-Times. December 7, 2022. Retrieved December 23, 2022.
  6. ^ Reed, Atavia; Golden, Jamie (December 9, 2022). "30 Years Ago, Englewood's Racine Green Line Station Shut Down. Now, Neighbors Are Ramping Up Fight To Bring It Back". Block Club Chicago. Retrieved December 23, 2022.
  7. ^ Reed, Atavia (2 March 2023). "Englewood Voters Overwhelmingly Support Referendum To Reopen Racine Green Line Station". Block Club Chicago. Retrieved 12 March 2023.

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