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
Service for 2024 Cubs Night Games and Wrigley Field Concerts
Added Service

Later Yellow Line service from Howard runs for Cubs night games/Wrigley Field concerts. Skokie-bound trains will run until 12am on game and concert nights.

 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

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