Harlem Station (CTA Blue Line O'Hare Branch)
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Harlem Station CTA Blue Line O'Hare Branch
Chicago 'L' rapid transit station
Harlem blue line O'Hare.jpg
Location5550 North Harlem Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60656
Coordinates41°58?57?N 87°48?25?W / 41.982456°N 87.80705°W / 41.982456; -87.80705Coordinates: 41°58?57?N 87°48?25?W / 41.982456°N 87.80705°W / 41.982456; -87.80705
Owned byChicago Transit Authority
Line(s)O'Hare Branch
Platforms1 Island platform
ConnectionsCTA and Pace Buses
Structure typeExpressway median
ParkingAiga parking inv.svg 53 Spaces
Bicycle facilitiesYes
Disabled accessYes
OpenedFebruary 27, 1983
Passengers (2019)844,876[1]Decrease 4.9% (CTA)
Rank82 out of 143
Preceding station Chicago "L" Following station
toward O'Hare Pictograms-nps-airport.svg
Blue Line Jefferson Park
Track layout
Harlem Ave.

Harlem, also known as Harlem/Higgins, is a Chicago "L" station on the Chicago Transit Authority's Blue Line. It is not to be confused with the other Harlem Blue Line station. Trains run from Harlem every 2-7 minutes during rush hour, and take 30-45 minutes to travel to the Loop.[2] O'Hare-bound trains take 10 minutes to reach the airport from Harlem. The station is located in the northwest side neighborhood of Norwood Park.


Harlem station opened on February 27, 1983 as part of the 7.9-mile extension of the West-Northwest Route from Jefferson Park to O'Hare Pictograms-nps-airport.svg.[3] Similar to the 1970-built stations on the previous Kennedy Extension (Addison to Jefferson Park), Harlem station sits in the median of the Kennedy Expressway (Interstate 90). Where the previous Kennedy stations were all designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM) to be aesthetically similar in appearance, stations on the O'Hare Extension beyond Jefferson Park were designed by four different firms in a variety of architectural styles. The Harlem station, the only one designed by SOM, shares a similar boxy, open design of the previous 1970 Kennedy Extension (and the 1969-built Dan Ryan stations), except the newer Harlem station has an enclosed platform canopy where the support frame was designed on the highway median walls, thus providing an unobstructed platform, free of column supports. An almost identical canopy frame was also employed at the Cumberland station, however, it was designed another architectural super-giant, Perkins + Will.

Bus connections


  • 88 Higgins
  • 90 Harlem


  • 209 Busse Highway (Weekdays only)
  • 423 Linden CTA/The Glen/Harlem CTA (Weekdays only)


See also

Notes and references



  1. ^ "Monthly Ridership Report – December 2019" (PDF). Chicago Transit Authority, Ridership Analysis and Reporting. January 13, 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  2. ^ "Blue Line Route-wide Timetable" (PDF). Chicago Transit Authority. February 7, 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on February 15, 2010. Retrieved 2010.
  3. ^ Young, David; John C White (February 27, 1983). "First Link of O'Hare Line Opens". Chicago Tribune. p. 1.

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