CHICAGO'S LOST STATIONS

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

Photos are included, where available, showing remaining evidence of some of these discontinued stations.

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. And a few commuter lines previously extended into Wisconsin, with all service in Wisconsin eventually discontinued except to Kenosha.


CHICAGO & ALTON/GULF MOBILE & OHIO
Chicago-Joliet

SANTA FE
Chicago-Joliet

BALTIMORE & OHIO
Main Line

BURLINGTON ROUTE
Chicago-Aurora
Aurora-West Chicago/Geneva

CHICAGO & EASTERN ILLINOIS
Dolton-Momence

CHICAGO GREAT WESTERN
Forest Park-Sycamore

MILWAUKEE ROAD
Chicago-Fox Lake
Fox Lake-Janesville
Chicago-Elgin
Evanston Line

CHICAGO & NORTH WESTERN
Milwaukee Division/Chicago
Milwaukee Division/Outlying
Wisconsin Division/Chicago
Wisconsin Division/Outlying
Wisconsin Division/Mayfair Branches
Galena Division/Chicago
Galena Division/Outlying
Branches Near Geneva
West Chicago-Freeport
Elgin-Crystal Lake
Williams Bay Branch

CHICAGO & NORTHERN PACIFIC/CHICAGO TERMINAL TRANSFER
Chicago-Forest Park
Harlem Division
Chicago-Chicago Heights

ROCK ISLAND
Chicago-Blue Island

CHICAGO & WESTERN INDIANA
Chicago-Dolton

ELGIN JOLIET & EASTERN
Main Line

GRAND TRUNK WESTERN
Main Line

ILLINOIS CENTRAL
Electric Main Line
Electric Branches
Chicago-Addison

NEW YORK CENTRAL
Main Line

PENNSYLVANIA RAILROAD
Fort Wayne Line
Logansport Line

SOO LINE
Chicago-Antioch

WABASH
Chicago-Manhattan


To aid in locating 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.

Chicago Track Elevation
One significant development affecting the history of railroad stations in Chicago, occurred mostly between the 1890's and the early 1900's. During that time, city ordinances required many railroads to elevate their rights of way. Resulting in the replacement or reconfiguration of many stations.


OTHER STATION WEB SITES

Additional Web sites about stations.


Much information on old station locations in the built up areas in Illinois, is from the "Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps", which is a fascinating and valuable resource in determining exactly what buildings were where, historically. People with a Chicago Public Library card can access these maps online at the Chicago Public Library Web site. Because the map collection is 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", and from various actual railroad timetables.