Damen Green Line Station

Chicago, Illinois
Access for All

The Green Line station at Damen Avenue and Lake Street promises the return of elevated train line access to the near West Side for the first time since 1948. That year, several stations were closed which negatively impacted economically disadvantaged residents who had no other means of transportation.

After decades of disinvestment, local business leaders began pushing for rail service. For more than fifteen years, the answer was “no.”

Today, the transit hub is approved. Designed with safety in mind, patrons will see clearly within the building and to and from the street. Additionally, a vibrant mural by a community artist, as well as bike and bus lanes, finally connect the long-neglected community to art and mobility options.

What Makes It Cool
The new station returns rail service to this neighborhood for the first time since 1948.
“This new state-of-the art, multi-modal station features a modern, light-filled design. The station’s location will allow users to seamlessly connect with CTA buses or to use bike share or walk to nearby destinations.”

–CDOT Commissioner Rebekah Scheinfeld

Local artist Folayemi (Fo) Wilson, for blkHaUS studios, was commissioned to create the public art feature at the station, which adds vibrant visual interest while celebrating the community.
In a nod to Chicago’s architectural history, the green trusses along the station’s bridge reflect the name of the CTA line and are a dynamic reference to the famous steel bridges throughout the city.
The new transit station will connect the community to neighborhood amenities and downtown jobs.

Project Team

Ralph Johnson
Bryan Schabel