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CTA - Howard

Train Station
Rogers Park, Chicago
  • Kathryn M.
    "yay for quick red lines :) purple line does not run express midday"(20 Tips)
    Ismael C.
    "last purple train."(11 Tips)
    Galen H.
    "southbound Purple line express to Belmont."(4 Tips)
    Chris S.
    "We are standing momentarily waiting for signal clearance."(2 Tips)
92 Tips and reviews
  • purple line
  • belmont
  • signal clearance
  • breakfast food
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  • Summer M.
    Summer McCoyMay 25, 2013
    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
  • Ismael C.
    Ismael C.December 29, 2010
    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.
  • Dave T.
    Dave TirkelApril 29, 2014
    If you're going to the Loop and work near Clark, take Purple to Belmont, then take Red the rest of the way. The Purple moves PAINFULLY slow after Belmont and stops every 4 sec. for "signal clearance."
  • Michael I.
    Michael IvanovOctober 3, 2012
    Take the purple line express train even if you need to get on the red line towards the loop because its faster and directly takes you to Fullerton no stops and you can hop on red line there!!!!
  • Steve ‘Pudgy’ D.
    It would not surprise me to learn that the "this station smells" and most other anti-transit "tips" were posted by people who work(ed) at new automobile dealerships.
  • Kenneth I.
    Kenneth IlioSeptember 19, 2012
    The supervisor here is sooo against photographing even if the CTA website states that they welcome photographing. I think the PR people of CTA failed to send him the memo or he is just a crank.
  • Joey P.
    Joey PrudenSeptember 16, 2011
    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?
  • Galen H.
    Galen HamesAugust 20, 2014
    Northern terminal for the Red Line. Also serves the Yellow & Purple Lines. During weekday rushes, catch the southbound Purple line express to Belmont.
  • S D Pete G.
    S D Pete GlassAugust 10, 2013
    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!
  • Jake S.
    Jake SmithOctober 18, 2012
    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.
  • Kate S.
    Kate SpenceDecember 6, 2012
    Be careful. Don't trust the colors on the side of the trains. I got on a purple line towards the loop here and then was kicked off at the end of the platform because the train was ending its run.
  • Andrew W.
    Andrew WhiteJanuary 5, 2015
    Make sure you get on the right train, and keep your eye on your stuff, this track gets crowded
  • Chris S.
    Chris SJanuary 15, 2014
    What the hell is with North bound reds pulling into the south bound side ? Schedule much??? Get better organization ! We need the purple and yellow lines so make them wait!
  • Seth A.
    Seth AllenApril 5, 2010
    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!
  • Elizabeth N.
    Elizabeth NavarroSeptember 8, 2011
    Everyone says purple line is late but it's always early!!! Maybe it's cause they miss the early one. It's usually between 6-7 min early.
  • Justin L.
    Justin LeSauvageJune 7, 2012
    If you are coming from Skokie, on the yellow line, the red line will leave as you arrive at the station.
  • Robbie C.
    Robbie CarranzaMay 11, 2012
    The @CTA system @ Howard needs to start being more responsible on being on time & not be waiting for over 15-20min! Its only this platform!
  • Chris S.
    Chris SMarch 7, 2014
    We are standing momentarily waiting for signal clearance. We expect to be moving momentarily. Don't be surprised this is normal with CTA
  • Rose R.
    Rose RosenhauerJune 24, 2013
    The north and southbound purple line almost always has "technical delays" when departing this station. Expect 15 minutes
  • Brian C.
    Brian ChristopherJanuary 9, 2014
    Finally fixed that loud ass escalator. Add at least 15 mins to any trip if you're switching to Purple or Yellow Line.
  • Michael N.
    Michael NejedlyMay 23, 2012
    I have never had a problem catching a train here. My CTA app tells me exactly when to be at the station.
  • antonio
    antonioSeptember 12, 2011
    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
  • Geoff J.
    Geoff J.August 21, 2011
    Pure hell catching the purple line transfer, especially when you need to piss, late at night or after a Cubs game.
  • Michael D.
    Michael DayFebruary 15, 2013
    Purple line to the loop doesn't run after 9:45 am. And I've been waiting for it for nearly half an hour. A mistake I will *not* make again.
  • Chad L.
    Chad LuellenNovember 9, 2011
    Ugh. Just like the cta. On a 201 bus. But it is a 97. Must not have had the training to change the numbers on the bus due to pay cuts
  • SammiesIam
    SammiesIamJuly 29, 2012
    Purple line is chronically slow. Be sure to leave lots of time for waiting.
  • Aron D.
    Aron DeppertJanuary 31, 2011
    The stairwell leading from the main entrance to the southbound platform always seems to smell like pee.
  • Chris S.
    Chris SheedyNovember 23, 2012
    Parking garage USED to be free. Now it is a flat $5 charge. Need exact amount (no change given on $10s or $20s.
  • Cliff M.
    Cliff McReynoldsJune 1, 2011
    Great place to catch various buses to old orchard and evanston.
  • Sibyl M.
    Sibyl MedieNovember 12, 2011
    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?
  • Kristy
    KristyJanuary 28, 2010
    There's only one heating lamp and it's at the south end on the Paulina side. Stay warm!
  • Aron D.
    Aron DeppertFebruary 17, 2011
    I love how everyone clusters at the foot of the stairs like a damned fool. By love I mean HAAATTTTTEEE.
  • Rose 🌹
    Rose 🌹June 29, 2013
    Don't park in the garage next door, it steals your cash when you try to get out.
  • Mianma G.
    Mianma GugetiSeptember 6, 2011
    I wish the digital thank you sign displayed the time the train would be here, or how late it will be.
  • Chris S.
    Chris SJune 27, 2013
    A schedule , what a great idea . We should tell the CTA. Oh wait they could give a $&i%
  • Cliff M.
    Cliff McReynoldsMarch 9, 2011
    Exit the far north stairs if you are walking west...saves time.
  • Bill W.
    Bill WojtasAugust 30, 2011
    The station is very entertaining at 11pm. Like an episode of Cops, but without the actual cops
  • Chris S.
    Chris SNovember 15, 2013
    What the hell, a purple or yellow line seems to always leave going north when a redline is pulling in. Whats up with these idiots?
  • Chris J.
    Chris JelkesAugust 11, 2011
    Pete's grill only open till 2pm. Breakfast is amazing
  • Lawson O.
    Lawson OsidekoDecember 4, 2011
    Never ever depend the buses to be on time. It always an epic failure.
  • Kimmy F.
    Kimmy FleishmanNovember 8, 2010
    Take the purple towards the loop in the morning... It runs express all the way to Belmont!
  • Christina G.
    Christina GalanisAugust 7, 2012
    Even the birds get impatient waiting for the purple line.
  • Cliff M.
    Cliff McReynoldsMay 2, 2011
    Not sure why, but transferring trains are notorious for leaving as another line pulls in.
  • Aron D.
    Aron DeppertMay 25, 2011
    I wish I understood why every single square inch of this station smells of wee.
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  • Charles R.
    Charles RobertsMarch 22, 2014
    Have to pee on your way to Evanston after a night of drinking? TOO BAD
  • Josh L.
    Josh LeeJanuary 6, 2012
    The magical, fleeting moment when a red, purple, and yellow train are all at the station simultaneously.
  • Arthur A.
    Arthur AvalosNovember 8, 2012
    Trains may not follow the schedule all the time but there is one not far behind.
  • Fran D.
    Fran DiamondSeptember 8, 2011
    Walk to the north end of the north going platform for the Yellow line to Skokie.
  • Paul M.
    Paul MuhammadDecember 28, 2010
    The trains here are like home to me. I've enjoyed much rest.
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