CHICAGO TRACK ELEVATION

NEW YORK CENTRAL

(New York Central is formerly Lake Shore & Michigan Southern.)

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.


Entire line is grade separated within City of Chicago.


Congress St.
January 30, 1946
Ordinance for subway under joint Rock Island and New York Central line at Congress St., as part of expressway project.

Harrison St. to Polk St.
July 9, 1894
(See below.)

Roosevelt Rd.
June 28, 1886
Ordinance for 12th St. (Roosevelt Rd.) viaduct over Chicago & Western Indiana line from Dearborn Station, and joint Rock Island and Lake Shore & Michigan Southern line from La Salle Street Station.

16th St. to Archer Ave.
May 17, 1897
Ordinance for elevation of St. Charles Air Line from Indiana Ave. to Chicago River, for elevation of joint Rock Island and Lake Shore & Michigan Southern line from 16th St. to Archer Ave., and for depression of paralleling Chicago & Western Indiana and Santa Fe underneath the other railroads and Clark St. Ordinance also for raising of South Side Elevated Railroad bridge at 16th St. over St. Charles Air Line. Deadline for completion 2 years after raising of South Side Elevated Railroad bridge.

Archer Ave. to 73rd St.
July 9, 1894
Ordinance for elevation of joint Rock Island and Lake Shore & Michigan Southern (LS&MS) line from Archer Ave. to 69th St. on Rock Island, and to State St. on LS&MS. Deadline for completion August 1, 1899. Ordinance amended January 18, 1897, extending limits on LS&MS and paralleling Pittsburgh Fort Wayne & Chicago from State St. to South Park Ave. (now King Dr.). Deadline for completion of additional work August 1, 1901. Ordinance amended January 17, 1898, extending limits on Rock Island from 69th St. to 76th St. Deadline for completion of additional work August 1, 1901. Ordinance amended February 11, 1901, extending limits from Harrison St. to Polk St. Deadline for completion of additional work December 1, 1905. Ordinance also amended February 11, 1901, extending limits on LS&MS and paralleling Pittsburgh Fort Wayne & Chicago from South Park Ave. (now King Dr.) to 73rd St. Deadline not established for completion of additional work, contingent upon agreement with Pittsburgh Fort Wayne & Chicago and Illinois Central regarding track elevation in Grand Crossing area. Ordinance amended March 16, 1903, providing for Chicago Junction Railway overpass at 40th St.

73rd St. to Stony Island Ave.
September 29, 1902
Ordinance for elevation of paralleling Lake Shore & Michigan Southern and Pittsburgh Fort Wayne & Chicago from 73rd St. to Stony Island Ave., for elevation of Nickel Plate Road from 76th St. to 79th St., and elevation of Illinois Central from 67th St. to 79th St. Deadline for completion December 31, 1907. Ordinance amended November 25, 1907, extending deadline for completion to December 31, 1908. Ordinance amended June 28, 1909, providing for grade separation of railroads at Grand Crossing, and extending deadline for completion to December 31, 1910. Ordinance amended December 19, 1910, extending deadline for completion to December 31, 1911. Ordinance amended December 18, 1911, extending deadline for completion to December 31, 1912.

Stony Island Ave. to 100th St.
June 25, 1906
Ordinance for elevation of paralleling Lake Shore & Michigan Southern and Pittsburgh Fort Wayne & Chicago from Stony Island Ave. to 100th St., for elevation of Baltimore & Ohio from 90th St. to 100th St., for elevation of Illinois Central South Chicago Branch from 90th St. to 93rd St., and elevation of paralleling Belt Railway of Chicago and Rock Island South Chicago Line from Jeffery Ave. to South Chicago Ave. Deadline for completion December 31, 1911, west portions December 31, 1916. Ordinance not accepted by Illinois Central, revised ordinance for that line adopted July 1, 1912. Ordinance amended December 18, 1911, extending deadline for completion of initial work to December 31, 1912.