CHICAGO TRACK ELEVATION

CHICAGO & NORTH WESTERN

Galena Division

Ordinances passed by the City of Chicago, requiring the railroads to elevate their trackage. Ordinances are listed chronologically at the Chicago Track Elevation page, which contains a more comprehensive background on track elevation in Chicago.

Ordinances are listed sequentially along the line, along with further commentary.


Except for Kilbourn Ave., entire line is grade separated within City of Chicago.


Grade crossings continue to exist on former route west of Wells Street Terminal, downgraded to industrial trackage.

Chicago Passenger Terminal to Ashland Ave.
December 17, 1906
Ordinance for construction of new Chicago & North Western Chicago passenger terminal, and new elevated trackage via Galena Division to Ashland Ave., and via Wisconsin Division to Carpenter St. Deadline for completion January 1, 1912.

Ashland Ave. to Sacramento Ave.
February 11, 1901
Ordinance for elevation of paralleling Milwaukee Road Milwaukee Division and Chicago & North Western Galena Division from Ashland Ave. to Spaulding Ave. on Milwaukee Road, and to Sacramento Ave. on Chicago & North Western, and elevation of paralleling Chicago & North Western Rockwell Line and Pittsburgh Cincinnati Chicago & St. Louis from Kinzie Ave. to Fulton St. Ordinance also for raising of Metropolitan West Side Elevated Railway bridge at Kinzie St. over these railroads. Deadline for completion December 31, 1906.

Sacramento Ave.
December 28, 1892
Ordinance for underpass on Chicago & North Western Galena Division at Sacramento Ave.

Sacramento Ave. to 40th Ave.
February 18, 1895
Ordinance for elevation of Chicago & North Western Galena Division from Sacramento Ave. to 40th Ave. (now Pulaski Rd.). Deadline for completion May 1, 1897.

Grade crossing continues to exist at Kilbourn Ave.

47th Ave. to Austin Ave.
January 29, 1906
Ordinance for elevation of Chicago & North Western Galena Division from 47th Ave. (now Kilpatrick Ave.) to Austin Ave. Deadline for completion December 31, 1910.


In compliance with these suburban village ordinances, track elevation was completed in Oak Park in 1912, and in River Forest and Forest Park in 1914.

The CREATE plan includes the construction of grade separations in Maywood, at 1st Ave. and 5th Ave. When completed, the entire line will be grade separated between Chicago and 9th Ave., except for Kilbourn Ave.