Rosemont station (CTA)

Rosemont, formerly River Road, is a Chicago "L" station at the intersection of River Road and I-190 in the suburb of Rosemont, Illinois. It is located in the median of I-190 with one island platform serving two tracks, 16 miles (26 km) northwest of The Loop. Trains are scheduled to depart from Rosemont every 2–7 minutes during rush-hour periods, and take about 36 minutes to travel to the Loop. The station is 7 blocks east and 2 blocks north of O'Hare. Rosemont is the busiest station outside the city limits of Chicago, with 2,090,977 passenger entries in 2014.[2]

Chicago 'L' rapid transit station
Airport-bound train at Rosemont station, December 2018.JPG
An O'Hare-bound 3200 series train stops at the outbound platform
General information
Location5801 North River Road
Rosemont, Illinois 60018
Coordinates41°59′01″N 87°51′34″W / 41.983507°N 87.859388°W / 41.983507; -87.859388Coordinates: 41°59′01″N 87°51′34″W / 41.983507°N 87.859388°W / 41.983507; -87.859388
Owned byChicago Transit Authority
Line(s)O'Hare Branch
Platforms1 island platform
ConnectionsPace Buses
Structure typeExpressway median
ParkingAiga parking inv.svg 798 Spaces
Bicycle facilitiesYes
Disabled accessYes
OpenedFebruary 27, 1983
Previous namesRiver Road
2020709,783[1]Decrease 63.9% (CTA)
Rank21 out of 143
Preceding station Chicago "L" Following station
O'Hare Pictograms-nps-airport.svg
Blue Line Cumberland
Track layout
I-190 westbound lanes
Blue Line
west to O'Hare Pictograms-nps-airport.svg
Blue Line
east to Forest Park
I-190 eastbound lanes


The Rosemont station opened on February 27, 1983, as the terminus of an extension of the West-Northwest route from its former terminal at Jefferson Park.[3] It was built to a design by the architectural firm Murphy/Jahn. The station served as the temporary terminal for the West-Northwest route until the terminal at O'Hare   opened a year later. Prior to the 1990s, the station was known as River Road, as the CTA did not feel that the names of stations should advertise cities outside Chicago limits. The station name was changed in the mid-1990s, around the same time that the Dempster–Skokie and Desplaines terminals on the Yellow and Blue Lines were renamed to reflect the suburb they serviced rather than the cross street.[4]

The platform is wedge-shaped, with the width increasing from east to west, due to the Rosemont Yard sitting immediately west of the station, between the inbound and outbound tracks.


Rosemont is the terminus to many Pace bus routes. In addition, there is a parking lot for commuters that costs $7 USD for 14 hours of allowed time. Due to the station's close proximity to many airport hotels, a visitors pass machine is also found in the station. Just west of the station is a maintenance facility built in a wide spot of the freeway's median. The station contains a Dunkin' Donuts doughnut stand, which was installed in September 2004.

Rosemont serves as the eastern terminus for Pace I-90 Express service. This BRT provides on-highway express service all the way to Elgin.

It is located only 1 mile from the City of Des Plaines at its westernmost border. The Rosemont station handles more suburban commuters from Des Plaines than any other suburb, including Rosemont itself.

Bus connectionsEdit


  • 221 Wolf Road (Weekdays only)
  • 222 Allstate Arena Direct (Game Days and Events only)
  • 223 Elk Grove/Rosemont CTA Station
  • 230 South Des Plaines (Weekdays only)
  • 284 Six Flags Great America Express (Early June through Labor Day and October only)
  • 303 Forest Park/Rosemont (Weekdays only)
  • 330 Mannheim/LaGrange Roads
  • 332 River Road/York Road
  • 600 Rosemont/Schaumburg Express (Monday-Saturday only)
  • 603 Elgin Transportation Center/Rosemont Express (Monday-Saturday only)
  • 605 I-90/Randall Road Park-n-Ride/Rosemont Express (Monday-Saturday only)
  • 606 Rosemont/Schaumburg Limited
  • 811 Rosemont Entertainment Circulator


Image galleryEdit

Notes and referencesEdit



  1. ^ "Annual Ridership Report – Calendar Year 2020" (PDF). Chicago Transit Authority, Ridership Analysis and Reporting. January 19, 2021. Retrieved May 31, 2021.
  2. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-04-13. Retrieved 2015-05-01.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ Young, David; John C White (February 27, 1983). "First Link of O'Hare Line Opens". Chicago Tribune. p. 1.
  4. ^ Rosemont. Chicago-"L".org (URL accessed October 2, 2006).
  5. ^ "Rosemont Transit Center | Pace Suburban Bus".
  6. ^ "284 - Schaumburg/Rosemont - Six Flags Great America Express (TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED) | Pace Suburban Bus".

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