refresh & renew

To help welcome you back, we’re doing more than just rolling out the welcome mat; we’re expanding and accelerating our Refresh & Renew (R&R) program! 

Now through the end of the year, our crews will be making improvements to nearly 90% of our rail stations to provide you with a more welcoming transit travel experience. 

The scope of work being performed will vary by location, but can include:

  • Deep clean power washing of all surfaces (all locations)
  • Painting (all locations)
  • Lighting upgrades
  • Improved platform amenities
  • Renewal of finishes and fixtures
  • Utility and plumbing line repairs
  • Removal of outdated fixtures and equipment
  • Permanent repair work
  • Updating of old/damaged signage
  • And more!


R&R crews began the accelerated station improvement work this spring and will be continuing their efforts through December 2021. The following are the stations that will receive improvements this year:

  • Red Line: Howard, Jarvis, Morse, Loyola, Granville, Thorndale, Addison,  Sheridan, Belmont, Fullerton, Clark/Division, North/Clybourn, Chicago, Grand, Lake, Monroe, Jackson, Harrison, Roosevelt, Cermak-Chinatown, Sox-35th, 47th, Garfield, 63rd, 69th, 79th, 87th
  • Blue Line: O’Hare, Rosemont, Cumberland, Harlem, Montrose, California, Western (O'Hare branch), Damen, Washington, Monroe, Jackson, Clinton, LaSalle, UIC-Halsted, Racine, Illinois Medical District,  Western (Forest Park branch), Kedzie-Homan, Pulaski, Cicero, Austin, Oak Park, Harlem, Forest Park
  • Green Line: Harlem/Lake, Oak Park, Ridgeland, Austin, Central, Laramie, Cicero, Pulaski, Conservatory, Kedzie, California, Ashland, Morgan, Clinton, Roosevelt, 35th-Bronzeville-IIT, Indiana, 43rd, 47th, 51st, Halsted, King Drive, Ashland/63rd, Cottage Grove
  • Brown Line: Kimball, Kedzie, Francisco, Rockwell, Western, Damen, Montrose, Irving Park, Addison, Paulina, Southport, Wellington, Diversey, Armitage, Sedgwick, Chicago, Merchandise Mart
  • Pink Line: 54th/Cermak, Cicero, Kostner, Pulaski, Central Park, Kedzie, California, Western, Damen, Polk
  • Orange Line: Midway, Pulaski, Kedzie, Western, 35th/Archer, Ashland, Halsted
  • Purple Line: Linden, Central, Noyes, Foster, Davis, Dempster, Main, South Blvd.
  • Yellow Line: Dempster-Skokie, Oakton-Skokie
  • Loop Elevated: Clark/Lake, State/Lake, Adams/Wabash, Library, LaSalle/VanBuren, Quincy, Washington/Wells


The following are before/after photos of some of the stations that have been refreshed and renewed: