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CTA - Belmont (Red/Brown/Purple)

Metro Station
Lakeview, Chicago
  • Trim K.
    "The next stop, Fullerton, is always busier than this one."(6 Tips)
    Alison R.
    "Eat at Clarke's diner under the train ... awesome sweet..."(3 Tips)
    Louis K.
    "If you're tired, there's an escalator!"(3 Tips)
    Galen H.
    "Transfer point for the Red, Purple, & Brown line trains."(2 Tips)
86 Tips and reviews
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  • Dana J.
    Dana JensenDecember 16, 2014
    Last chance to bail on the northbound red line before Wrigleyville. Puts you close walking distance from pretty much anything you could need besides a convenient grocery store.
  • Galen H.
    Galen HamesAugust 20, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    Transfer point for the Red, Purple, & Brown line trains. During weekday rush periods, catch the northbound Purple Line running express to Howard! A time saver.:-)
  • Kellen T.
    Kellen TerrettSeptember 27, 2014
    The bird poop is fantastic. Come on a Friday night at 1 am for the best entertainment in all of lakeview. Fantastic when Cubs games are happening!
  • Shannon H.
    Shannon HeathJune 15
    Been here 100+ times
    The Purple Line has more seats and is less crowded than the Brown Line, but it goes the opposite way around the loop.
  • Ryan J.
    Ryan JusticeJanuary 3, 2012
    I want everyone to imagine before you post your trivial complaints that you are complaining to a small, starving Ethiopia child. First world problems much?
  • Paul T.
    Paul TuminaroMarch 4, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    #77 or Brown Line to Southport or Paulina? Look 4 trains & Westbound bus from East platform! Check traffic & figure which will be fastest. Plenty of time if you see the bus to run down and catch it!
  • Antonio D.
    Antonio DJuly 25, 2010
    If going south on redline and you missed purple or brown train get off and look south if u see either train you'll catch it @ fullerton by staying on redline train TRUST ME
  • Daniel K.
    Daniel KemperAugust 14, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Both platforms have exits down to George street at the far south end, if you either don't want or need to walk along Belmont. Ignore the pointless "Emergency Exit Only" signs on the doors, just push.
  • Ron J.
    Ron JustusJuly 23, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    If u ever need to get a fifth of vodka, grilled cheese, movie poster, and yeast infection in your eye...this is the place.
  • Francois F.
    Francois FApril 30, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    This is where your night begins, continues or ends. Party central especially on holidays and weekends!
  • William G.
    William GlesenerDecember 18, 2014
    Lot of stuff here. Shopping is catered to the sexually open-minded and gamers.
  • Shannon H.
    Shannon HeathMarch 2
    Been here 100+ times
    Going south? Take the red line to Fullerton and then go brown. It's faster and you'll jump ahead a train.
  • Alison R.
    Alison RomerMarch 14, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    If taking the Belmont 77 bus west toward Ashland .... walk to the stairs on the north side of platform; save yourself a game of frogger
  • JR87
    JR87May 7, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    There are escalators on the left & right hand side of the terminal upon entering. The left hand side is going to Howard, the right one to 95th/Dan Ryan.
  • Max M.
    Max MoellerNovember 9, 2016
    Great food off this stop. Try Cheesies.
  • Monica O.
    Monica OliverApril 23, 2013
    Make sure to take a look at the beautiful murals downstairs!
  • Shannon H.
    Shannon HeathAugust 15, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    After Cubs games it is a lot easier to get on at Belmont than at Addison and if you're headed downtown skip the Red Line all together and go Brown!
  • Louis K.
    Louis KliegerAugust 20, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    If you're tired, there's an escalator! It's a bit hidden, opposite the mural.
  • Kirstie A.
    Kirstie AllenJanuary 25, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The view of 1000 liqour just makes me want to drink.
  • Roe J.
    Roe JohnsonDecember 13, 2014
    Really cool part of town here. The station has heaters.
  • Samantha R.
    Samantha RangelJanuary 27, 2015
    Rub the one eyed monster for luck! (It's the only tiled face with one eye found where the northbound and southbound stairways intersect)
  • Zach S.
    Zach SchneiderOctober 10, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    If the train is full if you wait for the next train (4 minutes) it won't be as crowded
  • Melissa T.
    Melissa TennysonApril 29, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Common sense: You never really know when YOUR train will be late... Triple check your times, but still leave yourself a 15 minute window
  • Kevin P.
    Kevin PMay 21, 2014
    The Belmont Red Line Station. You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy. We must be cautious.
  • Alison R.
    Alison RomerMarch 14, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Eat at Clarke's diner under the train ... awesome sweet potato fries!
  • Kevin B.
    Kevin BuckstiegelJanuary 19, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    You see. This button summons your train.
  • Andrew K.
    Andrew KykerNovember 6, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Its a perfect late night stop. Grilled cheese and big shitty
  • Steve C.
    Steve CasalinuovoAugust 30, 2013
    When trying to buy marijuana, please keep your phone conversations down as to not implicate everyone else in your crime.
  • Jasmine R.
    Jasmine RJanuary 29, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Avoid playing Frogger on Belmont Avenue if you're catching the #77 bus. If you're going east, get off at the southernmost exit. If you're going west, get off at the northernmost exit.
  • Andrew W.
    Andrew WhiteNovember 1, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Busy, but they do a good job of keeping things moving
  • Lloyd J.
    Lloyd JonesNovember 10, 2013
    Catch a train for the full experience of this station.
  • Waddie G.
    Waddie GrantMay 20, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    I wish all outdoor train stations looked this nice.
  • Jake S.
    Jake SmithOctober 8, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Look for the albino pigeon.
  • Phil T.
    Phil TocaMay 8, 2012
    The stairs after a burrito bowl at chipotle feel like death.
  • Antoine S.
    Antoine SimpsonOctober 17, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Leave early if you want a seat on the Red Line.
  • Louis K.
    Louis KliegerJuly 23, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Make sure you're on the right side of the tracks.
  • David E.
    David EldridgeJanuary 7, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    North stairway is open and cross-connects so you can make the SB red to NB purple transfer easily from both ends.
  • Joe O.
    Joe OgrinMarch 23, 2012
    Don't stand directly in front of the train doors before entering train & same if you are on the train and not getting off.
  • Joe C.
    Joe CarpitaMarch 17, 2015
    Blaze Pizza is footsteps away from this station.
  • Krishna B.
    Krishna BenvahMay 11, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Go to Clark's, you will not regret this decision! I promise... Peace be with you.
  • Tony
    TonyAugust 3, 2013
    My favorite stop!
  • Unknown
    UnknownNovember 30, 2015
    Try the cafe across the street
  • Réjane P.
    Réjane PierreJanuary 29, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    9:22 pm on a Friday, two southbound reds, two northbound reds, NO EFFING BROWN LINE TRAINS. fyi
  • Max B.
    Max BAugust 6, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Don't drink here. You'll probably get a ticket. I did.
  • Shelly B.
    Shelly BurkeMay 7, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Two men arguing, now made up and our friends.
  • Michael H.
    Michael HulburtJanuary 5, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Use south entrance for handicapped access and elevator.
  • Clint B.
    Clint BrockaNovember 15, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Best stop to get missed connectioned at (or your foot licked)
  • L Patrick L.
    L Patrick Le'FloreJuly 1, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    I pray i can get a seat!
  • Porsche M.
    Porsche MooreNovember 18, 2010
    This is the best train, besides the brown line! :)
  • Christopher O.
    Christopher OwenFebruary 7
    Been here 5+ times
    Not a bad station. I meet my pals here.
  • Waddie G.
    Waddie GrantMay 20, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The escalators work here...unlike the Addison stop
  • Matthew R.
    Matthew RiveraOctober 1, 2011
    Pace around to make the time pass faster.
  • @Dannyernie
    @DannyernieFebruary 10, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Big fan of the "belmont transfer"
  • Gregg L.
    Gregg LuftMay 27, 2012
    Very hot at the Belmont-Sheffield Fest!
  • Scott B.
    Scott BerryJanuary 19, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    If you want to make it to Skokie on-time, you won't. The train is running late.
  • Leslie H.
    Leslie HudsonApril 25, 2012
    Stare at the train schedule... it will annoy you even more!
  • Zach S.
    Zach SchneiderOctober 5, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    26 minutes to State and Lake (loop) via Red Line
  • Paul
    PaulJuly 1, 2013
    Hope you kids like em sloppy!!!
  • Aishwarya S.
    Aishwarya SharmaAugust 17, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Keep hand sanitizer handy here!
  • Paulo F.
    Paulo FamilaraJune 28, 2011
    There's a reason why that cart is empty during rush hours.
  • Jeffrey W.
    Jeffrey WilesAugust 17, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The red line train is never on time.. Sat through two brown trains and still no red..
  • Katie O.
    Katie O'TooleNovember 4, 2012
    Don't come here the morning of the Hot Chocolate 5/15k. This place is a zoo!
  • Roy H.
    Roy HAugust 6, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Enjoy the belmont transfer ;) red to brown alllll day
  • Aishwarya S.
    Aishwarya SharmaApril 27, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Purple line express stops here!
  • Aaron A.
    Aaron AckersonJuly 27, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Save the drama for your mama!
  • Willie W.
    Willie WintersMay 3, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Don't expect help from the cta attends, the more there are, the more they ignore
  • Woody
    WoodyDecember 29, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    transferring to the Westbound 77 Bus? Avoid the line and walk half a block East to catch it at Belmont & Clark.
  • John M.
    John MorrisonFebruary 27, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    You're really close to ABC Bartending School. Don't go there. That place sucks. They teach misinformation.
  • Smokey B.
    Smokey BoyleMarch 6, 2012
    Beware of commuters! They hate anyone not like them!
  • craig m.
    craig mcraeJanuary 14, 2010
    New entrance across the street. Yes you can buy a cta pass here.
  • Regan F.
    Regan FackrellSeptember 20, 2011
    Watch out for muggers!
  • Sarah B.
    Sarah BrandywineDecember 12, 2012
    Even for the CTA, the staff here are rude & incompetent.
  • Thomas Gregg R.
    Thomas Gregg RoseApril 10, 2012
    Just got off of work
  • Corbin H.
    Corbin HowardApril 6, 2010
    The train conveniently never runs when you need...
  • Jillian F.
    Jillian FisherAugust 28, 2010
    The crazies are on the red line tonight!
  • Andre A.
    Andre AdrianoOctober 5, 2011
    Why is the Brown Line so much cleaner than the Red Line? Yuck!
  • Bill B.
    Bill BanksOctober 25, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Wait here for a train.
  • Kyle O.
    Kyle OldfieldFebruary 26, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Boystown stop!
  • Kellie K.
    Kellie KOctober 12, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    The elevator smells like urine.
  • Crystal N.
    Crystal N.February 16, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    If you have to transfer to the Brownline, do it here instead of Fullerton. Less crowded.
  • SecretNote -.
    SecretNote -BenjaminDecember 17, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    At least they have train tracker signs. Why don't other Red Line stations have this?
  • Albert E.
    Albert EllenichJune 28, 2011
    Switch here to the brown line rather than waiting until Fullerton if going to the loop in the morning rush. The train will be MUCH more crowded at Fullerton.
  • Trim K.
    Trim K.February 13, 2013
    It's best to get off here if you're going to be switching trains. The next stop, Fullerton, is always busier than this one.
  • Mustafa
    MustafaSeptember 11, 2010
    Tranny hooker central!
  • Daved D.
    Daved DolceOctober 8, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Why are there no benches at this station?? Wtf! I don't wanna stand!
  • Arturo L.
    Arturo LunaAugust 21, 2016
    Definitivamente la mejor opción para moverse por la ciudad. Si eres extranjero y estarás mucho tiempo, analiza adquirir la "Ventra Card"
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