CHICAGO BUS AND STREETCAR ROUTES

ROUTES 140-200

Most higher numbered routes were originally operated by the Chicago Motor Coach Co. (CMC), and most were assigned CTA route numbers which were 100 higher than the original CMC numbers. Additional routes were newly created by CTA.


142 Union Depot-Shopping District
Bus route introduced by Depot Motor Bus Lines

11/21/20 - introduced as bus route
5/2/27 - acquired by CMC as bus route 42 Union Depot-Shopping District
10/1/52 - renumbered route 142 after CTA takeover of CMC
6/19/64 - discontinued

Downtown shuttle to Wabash/Madison (Carson Pirie Scott department store).

Operated rush hours only

Bus Garage: 52nd St.(AM)/Wilcox(PM) (5/2/27-6/9/55)
Kedzie (6/9/55-6/19/64)


143 Stockton-Michigan Express
Bus route introduced by CTA

8/31/2003 - introduced as bus route

Route supplements route 151, providing express service serving Lincoln Park area.

Operated rush hours only

Bus Garage: North Park (8/31/2003-3/23/2008)
Kedzie (3/23/2008-present)


144 Marine-Michigan Express
Bus route introduced by CTA

8/31/2003 - introduced as bus route
12/16/2012 - discontinued

Route supplemented route 146, operating express as far north as Irving Park Rd., instead of Belmont Ave.

Operated rush hours only

Bus Garage: North Park


145 Wilson-Michigan Express
Bus route introduced by Chicago Motor Coach Co.

4/28/27 - introduced as bus route 53 Wilson-Michigan Express
10/1/52 - renumbered route 153 after CTA takeover of CMC
4/18/76 - renumbered route 145
6/22/80 - all day express service introduced, remaining local service renumbered 145
9/13/81 - express operation adopted all periods of service, except Sundays
8/20/2000 - express operation adopted all periods of service, including Sundays
12/16/2012 - discontinued

Wilson-Michigan local and express service had used same route number, first assigned 153 by CTA. Operated via Irving Park Rd., Clarendon Ave., and Wilson Ave. to Ravenswood Ave. Express route operated rush hours only until 6/22/80. Local routing between Michigan Ave. and Belmont Ave. was identical to 151 Sheridan routing. Zones of express operation on Lake Shore Drive underwent various revisions through the route history.

Midday service introduced 12/17/73

Bus Garage: Ravenswood/Rosemont(rush only) (4/28/27-5/1/53)
Ravenswood/North Park(rush only) (5/1/53-6/19/55)
Limits/North Park(rush only) (6/19/55-2/1/70)
Limits/North Park(AM rush)/Keeler(PM rush) (2/1/70-3/25/73)
Limits/North Park(rush only) (3/25/73-7/3/94)
North Park (7/3/94-3/23/2008)
Kedzie (3/23/2008-2/7/2010)
North Park (2/7/2010-12/16/2012)


146 Inner Drive-Michigan Express
Bus route introduced by Chicago Motor Coach Co.

4/28/27 - introduced as bus route 51 Sheridan Express
10/1/52 - renumbered route 151 after CTA takeover of CMC
4/18/76 - renumbered route 146
6/22/80 - route revised to present form and renamed Marine-Michigan Express
9/13/81 - express operation adopted all periods of service, except nights and Sundays
9/11/83 - route extended south to Adler Planetarium, replacing a segment of route 126
8/20/2000 - express operation adopted all periods of service
8/31/2003 - renamed Inner Drive-Michigan Express

Until 6/22/80 was route 146 Sheridan Express, operating rush hours only, and not operating via Marine Drive. Sheridan local and express service had used same route number, first assigned 151 by CTA. Zones of express operation on Lake Shore Drive have undergone various revisions through the route history. Service on Marine Dr. had been only one 151 trip a day until 3/25/62, when some route 156 rush hour service began operating on Marine Dr. Effective 6/22/80, route 146 basically became present Marine-Michigan Express route, operating all day and serving Marine Dr. Local routing between Michigan Ave. and Belmont Ave. was identical to 151 Sheridan routing. Route 156 service at that same time on 6/22/80 became rush hour route 136 Sheridan-La Salle Express.

Midday service introduced 12/17/73

Bus Garage: North Park (4/18/76-6/22/80)
North Park/Limits(eve/Sun) (6/22/80-7/3/94)
North Park (7/3/94-present)


147 Outer Drive Express
Bus route introduced by Chicago Motor Coach Co.

4/28/27 - introduced as bus route 51 Sheridan Express
10/1/52 - renumbered route 151 after CTA takeover of CMC
4/18/76 - renumbered route 147

Sheridan local and express service had used same route number, first assigned 151 by CTA. Zones of express operation on Lake Shore Drive have undergone various revisions through the route history.

Midday service introduced 12/17/73
Sunday service introduced 8/31/2003

Bus Garage: North Park


148 Clarendon-Michigan Express
Bus route introduced by Chicago Motor Coach Co.

4/28/27 - introduced as bus route 53 Wilson-Michigan Express
10/1/52 - renumbered route 153 after CTA takeover of CMC
4/18/76 - renumbered route 148 Wilson-Michigan Outer Drive Express
6/22/80 - discontinued
8/31/2003 - route 145 Wilson-Michigan Express express zone extended to Irving Park Rd.
4/25/2004 - introduced as rush hour bus route 148, with route 145 reverting to old route.

Wilson-Michigan local and express service had used same route number, first assigned 153 by CTA. Zones of express operation on Lake Shore Drive underwent various revisions through the route history. Route supplemented route 145 during rush hours, operating express as far north as Irving Park Rd., instead of Belmont Ave. Both in its form during the late 1970's, and in its form introduced in 2004. Route 145 had experimentally begun operating over this longer express zone effective 8/31/2003, but effective 4/25/2004 reverted to operating local between Belmont Ave. and Irving Park Rd., as route 146 alone over this local segment proved to be inadequate. Had operated via Wilson Ave. between Clarendon Ave. and Ravenswood Ave. until 12/16/2012, when all service on Wilson Ave. was discontinued.

Operated rush hours only

Bus Garage: Ravenswood/Rosemont(rush only) (4/28/27-5/1/53)
Ravenswood/North Park(rush only) (5/1/53-6/19/55)
Limits/North Park(rush only) (6/19/55-2/1/70)
Limits/North Park(AM rush)/Keeler(PM rush) (2/1/70-3/25/73)
Limits/North Park(rush only) (3/25/73-6/22/80)
North Park (8/31/2003-3/23/2008)
Kedzie (3/23/2008-2/7/2010)
Kedzie/North Park (2/7/2010-12/16/2012)
North Park (12/16/2012-present)


148 Monroe Parking Lot
Bus route introduced by Chicago Motor Coach Co.

8/15/46 - introduced as bus route 48 Monroe Parking Lot
10/1/52 - renumbered route 148 after CTA takeover of CMC
1/28/73 - discontinued

Downtown shuttle route.

No Sunday service
Saturday service discontinued 9/13/70

Bus Garage: Wilcox (8/15/46-6/9/55)
Kedzie (6/9/55-1/28/73)


149 Michigan-State-Wacker
Bus route introduced by Chicago Motor Coach Co.

8/15/46 - introduced as bus route 49 Michigan-State-Wacker
10/1/52 - renumbered route 149 after CTA takeover of CMC
1973 - renamed Stateliner route
1/24/82 - discontinued

Operated between downtown and Soldier Field.

No Sunday service
Saturday service discontinued 9/6/76

Bus Garage: Wilcox (8/15/46-6/9/55)
Kedzie (6/9/55-9/2/79)
Limits (9/2/79-1/24/82)


151 Sheridan
Bus route introduced by Chicago Motor Coach Co.

3/25/17 - introduced as bus route 51 Sheridan
10/1/52 - renumbered route 151 after CTA takeover of CMC
6/22/80 - route revised to present form

South of Diversey, previously operated via Cannon Dr., and via Lake Shore Dr. south of Belmont. The present routing through Lincoln Park replaced route 153 local service, serving Lincoln Park Zoo. Had operated north of Devon via Sheridan to Howard St., with service gradually replaced with expanded hours of route 147 Outer Drive Express.

Owl service introduced 6/22/80
Owl service discontinued 3/31/2013

Bus Garage: Rosemont (3/25/17-9/7/57)
North Park (9/7/57-present)


151 Sheridan (supplemental Belmont service)
Bus route introduced by Chicago Motor Coach Co.

5/1/17 - introduced as bus route 53 Wilson-Michigan
10/1/52 - renumbered route 153 after CTA takeover of CMC
6/22/80 - route 153 discontinued, replaced with present supplemental 151 service
3/18/2001 - all route 151 service begins operating to Union Station

Supplemental 151 Sheridan service introduced south of Belmont Ave., in part replacing route 153 Wilson-Michigan local service. Service on route 153 north of Belmont replaced with 145 Wilson-Michigan Express, operating express via Lake Shore Dr. south of Belmont. Supplemental service previously operated as far south as Congress instead of Union Station.

Bus Garage: Limits (6/22/80-7/3/94)
Kedzie (7/3/94-present)


152 Addison
Bus route introduced by Chicago Motor Coach Co.

5/11/28 - introduced as bus route 52 Addison, from downtown to Harlem/Addison
12/17/31 - extended west to Cumberland
10/1/52 - renumbered route 152 after CTA takeover of CMC
9/9/73 - downtown service discontinued

Operated into downtown via Lake Shore Dr.

Certain rush hour trips limited stops 3/28/32-9/7/75

Bus Garage: Cicero/Cornelia (1928)
Kostner (1928-1933)
Keeler (1933-3/25/73)
North Park (3/25/73-4/3/77)
Forest Glen (4/3/77-present)


153 Wilson-Michigan
Bus route introduced by Chicago Motor Coach Co.

5/1/17 - introduced as bus route 53 Wilson-Michigan
10/1/52 - renumbered route 153 after CTA takeover of CMC
6/22/80 - route 153 discontinued, replaced with present supplemental 151 service

Local route operated into downtown via Stockton and Lake Shore Drive (present 151 Sheridan routing through Lincoln Park), replaced by increased 145 Wilson-Michigan Express service, and revision of route 151 Sheridan to present routing through Lincoln Park.

Bus Garage: Rosemont (5/1/17-1925)
Ravenswood/Rosemont(rush only) (1925-5/1/53)
Ravenswood/North Park(rush only) (5/1/53-6/19/55)
Limits/North Park(rush only) (6/19/55-2/1/70)
Limits/North Park(rush only)/Keeler(PM rush) (2/1/70-3/25/73)
Limits/North Park(rush only)/North Ave.(PM rush) (3/25/73-6/22/80)


154 Lunt

CMC route 54 inherited by CTA 10/1/52, combined into route 96 9/9/56.


155 Devon
Streetcar route introduced by Chicago North Shore Street Railway/Chicago Railways (via Devon)
Bus route introduced by Chicago Motor Coach Co. (north of Devon)

1893 - electric streetcar service introduced between Broadway and Clark St.
5/20/17 - electric streetcar service introduced between Clark St. and Western Ave.
6/2/25 - CMC introduces bus route 55 Howard-Ashland
12/14/25 - streetcar route extended west to Kedzie Ave.
7/10/32 - Broadway streetcar route revised to terminate at Kedzie/Devon
12/15/47 - streetcar segment west of Clark St. converted to buses, shuttle route 36A
10/1/52 - CMC bus route renumbered route 155 after CTA takeover of CMC
10/18/53 - routes 36A and 155 combined by CTA into one bus route 155 Devon
9/9/73 - discontinued north of Morse

Streetcar service on Devon was originally part of the Broadway route, on Devon between Broadway and Clark St. Service west of Clark St. was originally a shuttle streetcar, later a part of main Broadway streetcar route. Shuttle streetcar route was numbered 82 internally for accounting purposes. The CMC route originally operated north of Devon/Sheridan/Broadway via Sheridan, Pratt, Ashland, and Howard to Ridge.

Owl service discontinued 2/2/92

Bus Garage: Rosemont (6/2/25-10/18/53)
Ardmore (12/15/47-5/29/50)
North Park (5/29/50-present)


156 La Salle
Bus route introduced by Chicago Motor Coach Co.

9/17/46 - introduced as bus route 56 Wilson-La Salle, to Wilson/Ravenswood
10/1/52 - renumbered route 156 after CTA takeover of CMC
3/26/62 - some service operated via Marine Dr. north to Foster Ave.
5/12/77 - route cut back to Wilson/Clarendon
6/22/80 - Marine Dr. segment transferred to route 136 Sheridan-La Salle Express
1/24/88 - route cut back to Belmont/Halsted

Sunday service discontinued 1950's
Saturday service discontinued 9/9/73

Bus Garage: Ravenswood (9/17/46-6/9/55)
Limits (6/9/55-7/3/94)
Kedzie (7/3/94-present)


157 Streeterville-Taylor
Streetcar route introduced by West Chicago Street Railroad/Chicago Railways (via Taylor)
Bus route introduced by Chicago Motor Coach Co. (Downtown)

6/28/27 - introduced as bus route 57 Ohio-Union Station
10/1/52 - renumbered route 157 after CTA takeover of CMC
12/16/74 - renamed route 157 Streeterville
9/6/2009 - combined with route 38 Ogden-Taylor, forming route 157 Streeterville-Taylor
6/15/2020 - extended west via Ogden from California to Pulaski, restoring older route.

Segment west of downtown evolved from the old route 37 on Taylor and the old route route 58 on Ogden, combined into part of one route 37 effective 9/13/81. Segment via Ogden between California and Pulaski discontinued 6/16/2008 when segment was temporarily part of route 38, segment restored 6/15/2020.

No Sunday service
Saturday service discontinued 2/2/92

Bus Garage: Wilcox (6/28/27-6/9/55)
Kedzie (6/9/55-9/2/79)
Limits (9/2/79-7/3/94)
Kedzie (7/3/94-present)


158 Wacker-North Western Station
Bus route introduced by Chicago Motor Coach Co.

5/12/47 - introduced as bus route 58 Wacker-North Western Station
10/1/52 - renumbered route 158 after CTA takeover of CMC
4/9/56 - CTA introduces bus route 158A Wacker Express, serving train stations
1/27/75 - routes 158 and 158A restructured into routes 120, 121, and 125

Operated rush hours only

Bus Garage: Wilcox (5/12/47-6/9/55)
Kedzie (6/9/55-1/27/75)


162 Pulaski-Stevenson Express
Bus route introduced by CTA

11/25/79 - introduced as bus route
7/3/94 - discontinued

Operated between 115th/Pulaski and downtown. Discontinued, with most riders having switched to new Midway rapid transit line.

Operated rush hours only

Bus Garage: Archer


164 Narragansett Express
Bus route introduced by CTA

9/11/66 - segment on Narragansett introduced by CTA as branch of 62X Archer Express bus route
1/4/82 - segment on Narragansett becomes part of new route 164 Narragansett Express
11/7/93 - Narragansett segment restructured as route 62N Archer-Narragansett
9/5/97 - discontinued

Operated between downtown and Archer/63rd via Stevenson Expressway and Archer, Narragansett, 63rd. Route coexisted with Midway rapid transit line and feeder bus route 62N for a few years after opening of the rapid transit line. But route was finally discontinued, with most riders having switched to new Midway rapid transit line.

No weekend service

Bus Garage: Archer


165 West 65th
Bus route introduced by CTA

4/11/48 - Argo streetcar route replaced with 63A 63rd-65th bus route
9/13/64 - certain route 63 trips extended via 65th St. between Cicero and Harlem Ave.
11/7/93 - route 165 West 65th created after opening of Midway rapid transit line

Service to 65th St. industrial area originated when Argo streetcar route was replaced with bus route 63A 63rd-65th. Eventually, service on 65th St was provided by certain trips on route 63 63rd, with route 63A operating entirely on 63rd St. After opening of Midway rapid transit line, route 63 service on 65th St. was replaced with new route 165.

Operated rush hours only

Bus Garage: Archer (4/11/48-2/7/2010)
74th St. (2/7/2010-present)


168 UIC-Pilsen-UPS Express
Bus route introduced by CTA

11/19/2001 - introduced as bus route
5/14/2010 - discontinued

Route connected near west side with large United Parcel Service terminal in Willow Springs, along the Santa Fe Railway. Several other routes to the UPS terminal had already existed, operated by Pace.

Bus Garage: Kedzie


169 69th-UPS Express
Bus route introduced by CTA

3/27/2000 - introduced as bus route

Route serves large United Parcel Service terminal in Willow Springs, along the Santa Fe Railway. Several other routes to the UPS terminal had already existed, operated by Pace.

Bus Garage: 103rd St.


170's University of Chicago
Bus routes introduced by CTA

9/18/2000 - introduced as bus routes

Several shuttle routes operated under contract for University of Chicago, which for many years had been operated by various school bus companies under contract. CTA buses are available to the general public for regular fares, unlike the previous operations which were restricted to University students and staff. University students and staff are permitted to ride these CTA routes for free with University identification.

Bus Garage: 103rd St. (9/18/2000-3/23/2008)
Archer (3/23/2008-2/7/2010)
103rd St. (2/7/2010-present)


192 University of Chicago Hospitals Express
Bus route introduced by CTA

2/6/2006 - introduced as bus route

Route operated under contract for University of Chicago, connecting hospital with downtown Metra train stations.

Bus Garage: 103rd St.


200's Evanston
Bus routes introduced by CTA

9/10/73 - introduced as bus routes

Four new bus routes created in behalf of city of Evanston, after Evanston Bus Co. stopped operating 4/23/73 due to strike. At the time there was no suburban agency fit to assume operations.

Bus Garage: North Park (9/10/73-2/7/2010)
North Park/Forest Glen (2/7/2010-present)

Evanston Bus Co.
Information and routes operated by the Evanston Bus Co., prior to its demise in 1973.