A Yellow Line train rounding Oakton Curve

train iconYellow Line ‘L’ Skokie Swift bird icon

The Yellow Line route provides rapid transit train service between Dempster-Skokie (in Skokie, IL) and Howard (in Chicago), with connecting service to downtown Chicago via Purple Line Express or Red Line.

This line is also commonly known by its original service name: the "Skokie Swift."

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Hours of operation:





Between Dempster-Skokie and Howard (Skokie Swift)
Dempster-Skokie to Howard




Howard to Dempster-Skokie






Routewide schedule brochure (pdf)Route diagram & station info


Service alerts

Current alerts 1
A note about 'L' service
Special Note

Some service may be running w/delays: Staff availability is affected by COVID but we're running as much service as possible—wait times may be longer than usual.

Accessibility Alerts 1
Elevator at Howard Temporarily Out-of-Service
Elevator Status

The Linden- and Skokie-bound platform elevator at Howard (Red, Purple, Yellow Lines) is temporarily out-of-service due to vandalism or abuse of the elevator.

 RSS Feed: Yellow Line Alerts


Route diagram

with stations and station timetables

This map represents order of stations along route, not geography.

Yellow Line Stop

Dempster-SkokieAccessible stationPark & Ride available

Transfer to buses

Yellow Line Stop

Oakton-SkokieAccessible station

Transfer to buses

Yellow Line Transfer Stop

HowardAccessible stationPark & Ride available

Transfer to Red LineTransfer to Purple LineTransfer to buses