CHICAGO'S LOST STATIONS

Known discontinued intercity and commuter passenger railroad stations in the Chicago area.

Within Illinois, nearly all lines either presently have or previously had commuter service in and out of Chicago. Commuter service was eventually discontinued on some lines, while surviving commuter service is now operated by Metra. A few lines serving Indiana also previously had commuter service, now all discontinued. And a few commuter lines previously extended into Wisconsin, with all service in Wisconsin eventually discontinued except to Kenosha.

Beyond commuter territory, stations previously existed in nearly every town which the railroads passed through. On most main lines, intercity passenger trains continued at least until the late 1950's. But mainly from the 1930's through the 1950's, local service was discontinued in many of the smaller towns. Surviving passenger trains stopped only in the larger cities and towns. And on routes retained by Amtrak in 1971, service was discontinued to all except the largest cities.


LOST COMMUTER STATIONS

Known discontinued commuter, suburban and neighborhood stations in Chicago and various suburbs.


MAPPING THE STATIONS

Links to zoomable Google maps are provided. On those maps, colored pegs mark the locations of former stations. Google already has marked the present Metra and Amtrak stations, with blue symbols.

Known stations are marked, while some station locations in the Chicago area are estimated. A number of stations are identified as "union stations". One often thinks of a "union station" as a large downtown station, such as Chicago Union Station. But a union station is any station, which is shared by multiple railroads. Such stations were often constructed at locations where railroads cross.

Chicago

Chicago Suburbs

Northern Illinois

Northwestern Indiana

Northern Indiana

Southeast Wisconsin

CHICAGO'S RAILROADS

Further information on past train stations, particularly for beyond the Chicago area, is linked from the pages covering present and past lines, including histories and operating information.

Photos are included, where available, showing remaining evidence of some of these discontinued stations. Mostly in the immediate Chicago area.


COMMUTER RAILROADS TO ELEVATED RAILROADS

A few railroads began long ago as steam powered commuter rail lines, but later evolved to electric powered elevated lines. These lines justify separate coverage.

OTHER STATION WEB SITES

Additional Web sites about stations.


Much information on old station locations is from the "Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps", which is a fascinating and valuable resource in determining exactly what buildings were where, historically. For Illinois, people with a Chicago Public Library card can access these maps online at the Chicago Public Library Web site. For Indiana, these maps are available online at the Indiana University Sanborn Maps web site. Because the map collections are incomplete, not all station locations are known, and any further information would be appreciated. Bill Vandervoort

Additional information is from various issues of "The Official Guide of the Railways", from various actual railroad timetables, and from various railroad track charts.