Purple Line train at Central

train iconPurple Line ‘L’

The Purple Line provides rapid transit train service between Linden (in Wilmette) and Howard (in Chicago) via Evanston. Additionally, during weekday rush-periods, express service continues to downtown Loop.

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Hours of operation: 

Shuttle service between Linden and Howard
 

Mon.-Thu.

Friday

Saturday

Sunday/Holiday

Linden to Howard

4:45a-1:30a

4:50a-2:10a

5:30a-2:15a

6:30a-1:45a

Howard to Linden

4:25a-1:10a

4:30a-1:50a

5:05a-1:50a

6:05a-1:20a

Express service between Linden and Downtown (via Loop 'L')
  Monday-Friday Saturday Sunday/Holiday
Linden to Loop 'L'

5:15a-9:20a
2:25p-6:25p

   
Loop 'L' to Linden

5:55a-10:05a
3:05p-7:05p

   

 

 

Timetables

Route-wide timetable brochure (pdf)Web-based text timetables from RTARoute diagram & station info

 

Service alerts

Current alerts 1
Service for 2018 Cubs Weekday Night Games and Wrigley Field Concerts
Added Service

Loop-bound Purple Line Express trains will stop at Sheridan for all weekday Cubs night games and Wrigley Field concerts.

Accessibility Alerts 1
Wellington Loop-bound Platform Elevator Out of Service
Elevator Work

The Loop-bound platform elevator at the Wellington station will be temporarily out of service.

Upcoming alerts 1

 RSS Feed: Purple Line Alerts

 

Route diagram

with stations and station timetables

This diagram represents the order of stations along the route (not geography).

Purple Line Stop

LindenAccessible stationPark & Ride available

Transfer to buses

Purple Line Stop

Central

Transfer to buses

Purple Line Stop

Noyes

Purple Line Stop

Foster

Purple Line Stop

DavisAccessible station

Connect to Metra UP-N trains via Davis St/Evanston StationTransfer to buses

Purple Line Stop

Dempster

Transfer to buses

Purple Line Stop

Main

Transfer to buses

Purple Line Stop

South Blvd

Transfer to buses

Purple Line Transfer Stop

Howard Accessible stationPark & Ride available

Transfer to Red Line trainsTransfer to Yellow Line trainsTransfer to buses

 

During weekday rush periods, Purple Line Express trains continue express to downtown via Loop 'L'...

Purple Line Transfer Stop

WilsonAccessible station

Transfer to Red Line trainsTransfer to buses

Purple Line Express Transfer Stop (rush periods, only)

BelmontAccessible station

Transfer to Red Line trainsTransfer to Brown LineTransfer to buses

Purple Line Express Stop (rush periods, only)

WellingtonAccessible station

Purple Line Express Stop (rush periods, only)

DiverseyAccessible station

Transfer to buses

Purple Line Express Transfer Stop (rush periods, only)

FullertonAccessible station

Transfer to Red Line trainsTransfer to Brown LineTransfer to buses

Purple Line Express Stop (rush periods, only)

ArmitageAccessible station

Transfer to buses

Purple Line Express Stop (rush periods, only)

SedgwickAccessible station

Transfer to buses

Purple Line Express Stop (rush periods, only)

ChicagoAccessible station

Transfer to buses

Purple Line Express Transfer Stop (rush periods, only)

Merchandise MartAccessible station

Transfer to Brown LineTransfer to buses

 

...Purple Line Express trains then continue to and make all stops, operating clockwise around the the Loop 'L', in the following order (before returning to Linden):

Purple Line Express Transfer Stop (rush periods, only)

Clark/LakeAccessible station

Transfer to Blue Line (subway)Transfer to Brown LineTransfer to Green LineTransfer to Pink LineTransfer to Orange LineTransfer to buses

Purple Line Express Transfer Stop (rush periods, only)

State/Lake

Transfer to Red Line (subway) (farecard required)Transfer to buses

Purple Line Express stop

Washington/WabashAccessible station

Connect to Metra & South Shore Millennium StationTransfer to buses

Purple Line Express Transfer Stop (rush periods, only)

Adams/Wabash

Transfer to Brown LineTransfer to Green LineTransfer to Orange LineTransfer to Pink LineTransfer to buses

Purple Line Express Transfer Stop (rush periods, only)

Harold Washington Library-State/Van BurenAccessible station

Transfer to Brown LineTransfer to Orange LineTransfer to Pink LineTransfer Blue Line subway (farecard required)Transfer to Red Line (subway) (farecard required)Transfer to buses

Purple Line Express stop

LaSalle/Van Buren

Connect to LaSalle Street Metra (Rock Island District) StationTransfer to buses

Purple Line Express stop

Quincy

Connect to Metra BNSF, Milwaukee District, North Central and Amtrak trains via Chicago Union StationTransfer to buses

Purple Line Express Transfer Stop (rush periods, only)

Washington/WellsAccessible station

Transfer to Brown LineTransfer to Orange LineTransfer to Pink LineConnect to Metra (UP Lines) Ogilvie StationTransfer to buses

 

...after leaving Washington/Wells, Purple Line Express trains then exit Loop and make all stops from Merchandise Mart back through to Linden.

System status snapshot
‘L’ route status
Red Line
Normal Service
Blue Line
Normal Service
Brown Line
Normal Service
Green Line
Normal Service
Orange Line
Normal Service
Pink Line
Normal Service
Purple Line
Normal Service
Yellow Line
Normal Service
Bus routes w/alerts
Elevator alerts