CTA - Howard

7519 N Paulina St (at W Howard St), Chicago, IL 60626, United States
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Howard station is the northern terminus of the Red Line and the southeastern terminus of the Yellow Line; it also serves the Purple Line, for which it is the southern terminus outside of weekday rush hours.


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  • Seth A.

    The trains here are almost never on schedule... In fact, that's why I'm taking the time to write this so-called "tip", my purple line train is late!

    Seth Allen · April 5, 2010
  • Joshua L.

    Transfer point to Purple line.

    Joshua Lerner · March 24, 2010
  • Cliff M.

    Not sure why, but transferring trains are notorious for leaving as another line pulls in.

    Cliff McReynolds · May 2, 2011
  • Kimmy F.

    Take the purple towards the loop in the morning... It runs express all the way to Belmont!

    Kimmy Fleishman · November 8, 2010
  • Christina G.

    Even the birds get impatient waiting for the purple line.

    Christina Galanis · August 7, 2012
  • Josh L.

    The magical, fleeting moment when a red, purple, and yellow train are all at the station simultaneously.

    Josh Lee · January 6, 2012
  • Chris S.

    Don't expect trains to be on time, it is the CTA after all.

    Chris S · November 17, 2011
  • The N.

    Where's the fucking purple line?!? Never on time!

    The Nannerpuss · May 27, 2011
  • Aron D.

    I wish I understood why every single square inch of this station smells of wee.

    Aron Deppert · May 25, 2011
  • Benjamin C.

    Have fun waiting for the yellow.line...

    Benjamin Cohen · March 10, 2011
  • Evan M.

    Purple line is never on time

    Evan Mohnke · May 9, 2010
  • Sana R.

    I wanna ride on the new train!!

    Sana R. · March 22, 2011
  • Aron D.

    The stairwell leading from the main entrance to the southbound platform always seems to smell like pee.

    Aron Deppert · January 31, 2011
  • Jake S.

    History lesson: This station was rebuilt in 1921 when the line through the station was elevated onto an embankment. An escalator was added in 1964.

    Jake Smith · October 18, 2012
  • Neal

    Stay off the blue. The staff will hassle you if you don't.

    Neal · January 21, 2010
  • Joe D.

    Someone poopped their pants on this train

    Joe DeYoung · December 11, 2011
  • Joey P.

    If you take the purple line down to here. The waiting red line will almost, always immediately shut its doors and leave as you step off the train. Wtf?

    Joey Pruden · September 16, 2011
  • Charles R.

    Have to pee on your way to Evanston after a night of drinking? TOO BAD

    Charles Roberts · March 22, 2014
  • Sibyl M.

    So a man is smoking on the train and is telling everyone about the riot he caused when in prison...why did I leave my tazer at home?

    Sibyl Medie · November 12, 2011
  • Mianma G.

    I wish the digital thank you sign displayed the time the train would be here, or how late it will be.

    Mianma Gugeti · September 6, 2011
  • Kevin O.

    Watch out for elderly people running to catch the Skokie swift.

    Kevin O'Connor · August 12, 2011
  • antonio

    It smells like pee because the passengers piss on the stairs all day and night. So don't complain to us. All we can do is clean it afterwards

    antonio · September 12, 2011
  • Scott B.

    Don't get mugged

    Scott Berry · July 8, 2011
  • Kathryn M.

    yay for quick red lines :) purple line does not run express midday

    Kathryn Manansala · November 27, 2010
  • Chris J.

    Pete's grill only open till 2pm. Breakfast is amazing

    Chris Jelkes · August 11, 2011
  • Cliff M.

    Great place to catch various buses to old orchard and evanston.

    Cliff McReynolds · June 1, 2011
  • Cliff M.

    Exit the far north stairs if you are walking west...saves time.

    Cliff McReynolds · March 9, 2011
  • Kenny P.

    The purple is all way late...

    Kenny Pietri · February 24, 2011
  • Aron D.

    I love how everyone clusters at the foot of the stairs like a damned fool. By love I mean HAAATTTTTEEE.

    Aron Deppert · February 17, 2011
  • Mark B.

    2 car on sothbound platform? Do not board. Why? Yellow Line ends here.

    Mark B · April 29, 2010
  • SammiesIam

    Purple line is chronically slow. Be sure to leave lots of time for waiting.

    SammiesIam · July 29, 2012
  • Justin L.

    If you are coming from Skokie, on the yellow line, the red line will leave as you arrive at the station.

    Justin LeSauvage · June 7, 2012
  • October G.

    If you're at the stairs when your train pulls up, just let it go. Another train will come by soon enough, and it's less stress :)

    October Gunawan · February 23, 2012
  • Bill W.

    The station is very entertaining at 11pm. Like an episode of Cops, but without the actual cops

    Bill Wojtas · August 30, 2011
  • Ismael C.

    The Purple Line is the warmest in the winter. Also there's the night owl bus up to Evanston if u miss the last purple train. Catch the N201 out the station in the bus terminal. It runs every 30mins.

    Ismael C. · December 29, 2010
  • Charles R.

    Yes, you are going to be late.

    Charles Roberts · March 16, 2014
  • S D Pete G.

    The staff here does nothing to help patrons experience with syncing trains letting departing train CLOSE doors as arriving train opens doors & here we sit at least another 15 20 WAITIN f'n ridiculous!

    S D Pete Glass · August 10, 2013
  • Summer M.

    Alex is the best train operator ever! He always gets me to work on time at 5am on Saturday mornings -and always with a smile ! (which is usually more than I can muster at that time of day) :D

    Summer McCoy · May 25, 2013
  • Steve O.

    Never a purple or red at Howard when you get there

    Steve Obregon · November 25, 2012
  • Aj S.

    It's much better to sleep on the blue line

    Aj Strauman · August 21, 2012
  • Dil

    Trains are never on time here!

    Dil · September 21, 2011
  • Fran D.

    Walk to the north end of the north going platform for the Yellow line to Skokie.

    Fran Diamond · September 8, 2011
  • Geoff J.

    Pure hell catching the purple line transfer, especially when you need to piss, late at night or after a Cubs game.

    Geoff J. · August 21, 2011
  • Janine H.

    Purple line is never on time and Red like runs every 30 seconds.

    Janine Harrison · July 28, 2010
  • Andres

    Late red line train.

    Andres · July 15, 2010
  • Kristy

    There's only one heating lamp and it's at the south end on the Paulina side. Stay warm!

    Kristy · January 28, 2010
  • Bradley T.

    The ventra cards now work

    Bradley Taylor · September 30, 2013
  • Daved D.

    The but hole off the cta

    Daved Dolce · August 6, 2013
  • Rose O.

    Don't park in the garage next door, it steals your cash when you try to get out.

    Rose Olea · June 29, 2013
  • Marissa M.

    Fuck this station. They make transfers so inconvenient

    Marissa McGuinness · May 16, 2013

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