Chicago and Franklin

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About Chicago and Franklin

  • Transit Lines: Purple Line
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Chicago (sometimes Chicago/Franklin, correctly read Chicago and Franklin) is an elevated station on the Chicago Transit Authority's 'L' system, located in the Near North Side at 300 W Chicago Avenue at West Chicago Avenue and North Franklin Street in Chicago, Illinois (directional coordinates 800 north, 300 west). The station was established in 1900 as part of the original series of stations on the Northwestern Elevated. There is a high density of art galleries and several schools in the vicinity of the station, including the Moody Bible Institute. Chicago primarily serves the Brown Line but Purple Line Express trains also stop there during weekday rush hours. The original station house was on the north side of Chicago Avenue. Beyond the turnstiles were staircases which led up to the two long side platforms. The Chicago platforms were unusually long, starting just north of Chicago Avenue and curving along the track before straightening out just south of Chicago Avenue. Early in the station's history, it not only served 'L' trains but North Shore Line interurbans as well, requiring longer platforms which could berth more than one train at a time. The number of tracks also decreased

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