Main St. Evanston Station

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{{{accessibility}}} No Public restroom   City: Evanston 

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While the 'L' and Metra stations are co-located, the station entrances are not aligned for easy transfer so it is not considered at a transfer point given the availability to do so at the Davis St. Evanston Station further north.

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The 'L' side of the station is simply named Main. The CTA station is not wheelchair accessible.

This station is served by Purple Line.

CTA ticket machines are available at the station house on Chicago Ave, which sell reloadable Ventra card, single-ride, or 1 day ticket. All riders must pass through the turnstile with a valid Ventra card, ticket, contactless bank card, or mobile device with Apple/Samsung/Android Pay.

This station features side platforms.

South to Howard, the Loop North to Linden
Real time departures:
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Next Station: South Boulevard Next Station: Dempster

Real time data provided by CTA

CTA service advisory
  • planned: Red and Purple Line Trains Share Track between Thorndale and Belmont (Updated)Red and Purple line trains share tracks btwn Thorndale and Belmont. Purple Line Express trains continue to make only express stops between Howard and Belmont. [1]
  • planned: Boarding Change at BelmontAt Belmont station, Kimball-bound Brown Line trains resume stopping on outer track; Linden-bound Purple Line Exp trains continue to board/exit on inner track. [2]
  • planned: Boarding Change at BelmontBoard/exit Loop-bound Purple Line Express trains on the Red Line side of the 95th- and Loop-bound platform at the Belmont station. [3]
  • special-note: Boarding Change at WilsonWest platform at Wilson is temporarily closed. Board/exit all trains on the east platform. [4]
  • normal: Service for 2024 Cubs Weekday Night Games and Wrigley Field ConcertsLoop-bound Purple Line Express trains will stop at Addison for all weekday Cubs night games and Wrigley Field concerts. [5]
  • special-note: Elevator at Davis Temporarily Out-of-ServiceThe Howard- and Loop-bound platform elevator at Davis (Purple Line) is temporarily out-of-service. [6]
  • special-note: Elevator at Wilson Temporarily Out-of-ServiceThe Howard-and- Linden-bound platform elevator at Wilson (Red, Purple Lines) is temporarily out-of-service due to elevator upgrades. [7]


This station is served by the UP-N Union Pacific North line. Waiting room is available. Tickets may be purchased online, through the Ventra mobile app, or onboard the train from conductors. This station features side platforms. The east platform is for trains to Chicago.

This stop is in fare zone 2.

Metra lines at Main St. Evanston Station
Next stop Next stop
Davis St. Evanston
North to Kenosha
UP-N Union Pacific North
Rogers Park
South to Chicago


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