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Argyle station (CTA)

Argyle station (CTA)

Argyle is a station on the Chicago Transit Authority's 'L' system. It is situated between the Berwyn and Lawrence stations on the Red Line, which runs from Rogers Park at Chicago's northern city limits, through downtown Chicago, to Roseland. It is an elevated station with an island platform serving northbound trains and a temporary side platform serving southbound trains located at 1118 West Argyle Street in the West Argyle Street Historic District of Chicago's Uptown community area. Purple Line weekday rush hour express service use the outside tracks but do not stop at this station.

Chicago 'L' rapid transit station
The main platform prior to renovation (temporarily the northbound platform with the other side unused)
Temporary southbound platform
General information
Location1118 West Argyle Street
Chicago, Illinois 60640
Coordinates41.973365°N 87.658561°W / 41.973365; -87.658561
Owned byChicago Transit Authority
Line(s)North Side Main Line
Platforms1 Island platform (temporarily one island platform with one side unused and one temporary side platform)
Tracks4 (two temporarily out of service)
Structure typeEmbankment
OpenedChicago & Evanston Railroad:
May 21, 1885 (1885-05-21)
Northwestern Elevated Railroad:
May 16, 1908 (1908-05-16)
Rebuilt1921, 2012, 202124
Previous namesArgyle Park
2020367,329[1] 62.1% (CTA)
Rank67 out of 143
Preceding station Chicago "L" Following station
toward Howard
Red Line Lawrence
Former services
Preceding station Milwaukee Road Following station
towards Llewellyn Park
Chicago Evanston Sheridan Park
towards Chicago
Track layout
Purple Line Express
north to Linden
Red Line
north to Howard
Temporary platform
for station reconstruction
Argyle St.
Purple Line Express
south to Loop
Red Line
south to 95th/Dan Ryan


Argyle is situated on W. Argyle Street, close to the intersection with Broadway. The station is located in the West Argyle Street Historic District in the Uptown community area of Chicago; the area surrounding the station consists of a mixture commercial and residential areas,[2] and is particularly noted for the high concentration of Vietnamese restaurants, bakeries and shops; as well as Chinese, Cambodian, Laotian, and Thai businesses.[3]


The new embankment at Argyle Station in 1916

The site of Argyle station was first used as Argyle Park on the Chicago and Evanston branch of the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railroad route, which opened on May 21, 1885.[4] On opening, the station houses along the route were described as "attractive frame structures built in the Gothic and Queen Anne styles."[4] In 1908, the Northwestern Elevated Railroad was extended north from Wilson, using the tracks of the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railroad, and a new station was constructed on the site of the previous depot.[5][6] The station was again rebuilt to a design by architect Charles P. Rawson when the tracks between Wilson and Howard were elevated onto an embankment between 1914 and 1922.[7] In 1979, the station received a $250,000 facelift[8] and, in 1991, a Chinese-style hipped-and-gabled roof was added to the platform canopy.[9] The station was closed for renovation from August 24 to October 5, 2012.[10]


A northbound train at Argyle station, July 2010

Argyle is part of CTA's Red Line, which runs from the northern city limits at Howard Street to downtown Chicago and 95th street. The station has an island platform on an embankment located between Broadway and Winthrop Avenue. It serves the Red Line's two tracks; the northbound track serves trains to Howard, while the southbound track serves trains to 95th. The station entrance is located on the north side of Argyle Street, built into the embankment. It is located between the Berwyn and Lawrence stations. Red Line trains serve Argyle 24 hours a day, every day of the year; trains operate roughly every 3 to 9 minutes during rush hour and midday operation, with longer headways of up to 15 minutes at night.[11][12] The station is also located 12 a block from the 36 Broadway bus.

Red & Purple Modernization Project

The Argyle station is being rebuilt as part of this project. The station will receive new wider platforms, new signage, new lights, new security cameras, and new elevators, reconstruction will begin in May 2021 and will be completed by the end of 2024.[13][14][15] During Stage A, the two northbound tracks and the main entrance will be closed with northbound trains using what is normally the southbound Red line tracks and southbound trains using the southbound Purple Line Express track stopping at a temporary side platform. Purple Line Express trains will continue to skip this station in both directions.[15] Unlike a similar reconstruction happening simultaneously at Bryn Mawr, both platforms are using a single temporary entrance, as opposed to one platform using the normal entrance and one platform using a temporary entrance with no link in the paid area. Once Stage A is completed in 2022, Stage B will begin, where Argyle will temporarily close and be replaced by a temporary station at Foster Avenue.[16]

Notes and references



    1. "Annual Ridership Report Calendar Year 2020" (PDF). Chicago Transit Authority, Ridership Analysis and Reporting. January 19, 2021. Retrieved May 31, 2021.
    2. City of Chicago Zoning Map (Map). Chicago Department of Zoning. 2010.
    3. "Uptown's Argyle Street Named To Historic Register". CBS2 Chicago: Chicago Area Local News. CBS Broadcasting Inc. June 14, 2010. Archived from the original on June 21, 2010. Retrieved July 29, 2010.
    4. "The Chicago & Evanston". Chicago Daily Tribune. May 22, 1885.
    5. "Electrification of the Evanston Suburban Line of the Chicago Milwaukee & St. Paul". The Railway Age. 44 (14): 467. October 4, 1907. Retrieved July 29, 2010.
    6. Garfield, Graham. "Argyle". Chicago-"L".org. Graham Garfield. Retrieved July 29, 2010.
    7. Borzo, Greg (2007). The Chicago "L". Chicago: Arcadia Publishing. p. 70. ISBN 978-0-7385-5100-5.
    8. Lynch, Kevin; Janega, James (April 4, 2001). "Charlie Soo 1945-2001. - Argyle Street 'Mayor,' Bold Promoter of Asian Shops". Chicago Tribune.
    9. McCarron, John (February 6, 1991). "'Mayor' Brings New Life to Argyle Street". Chicago Tribune.
    10. "Red Ahead: Argyle". Chicago Transit Authority. Retrieved December 3, 2012.
    11. "Red Line Route Guide". Chicago Transit Authority. Archived from the original on July 22, 2010. Retrieved July 29, 2010.
    12. "Argyle Station Timetable" (PDF). Chicago Transit Authority. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 30, 2010. Retrieved July 29, 2010.
    13. "CTA unveils new Red Line station designs". January 28, 2021.
    14. "Four CTA Red Line stations are getting a makeover".
    15. "CTA Red & Purple Modernization: Lawrence to Bryn Mawr Modernization Project".
    16. "LBMM Exhibit Boards" (PDF). CTA. p. 15. Retrieved October 25, 2021.
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