CTA - Merchandise Mart

Train Station and Platform · River North
350 N Wells St (at Kinzie St), Chicago, IL 60654, United States
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People tend to check in during these times:

  • Today
    • 7:00 AM–10:00 AM
    • 4:00 PM–8:00 PM
  • Tue–Thu
    • 7:00 AM–10:00 AM
    • 3:00 PM–8:00 PM
  • Fri
    • 7:00 AM–10:00 AM
    • 3:00 PM–7:00 PM
  • Sat
    • None
  • Sun
    • 11:00 AM–Noon
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Merchandise Mart is the only Brown Line station not to receive substantial upgrades through the Brown Line Expansion Project. Since it is of recent construction, is ADA-compliant, and is already of sufficient length to accommodate eight-car trains, no major modifications are needed.


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    Brian H.
    "least helpful employees work the turnstiles"(3 Tips)
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  • K. K.

    This station has heat lamps available from mid-October thru March that riders can use to keep warm while waiting for their train. If they're not on, look for the button to turn them on.

    K. K. · December 23, 2014
  • Zak H.

    Avoid this if you can; it's really easy to get lost

    Zak Hill · March 3, 2014
  • Daniel K.

    During evening rush, if you have a bit of extra time and want to get a seat, I board the inbound Brown or Purple Line on the west side of the platform and ride it around the Loop.

    Daniel Kemper · August 14, 2013
  • MafiaHairdresser J.

    Might I suggest a good eBook to read on your journey?

  • LaLaLauren

    Move. All. The way. In.

    LaLaLauren · March 5, 2013
  • Darek L.

    Don't try to get on a Northbound train after 4:30pm at Merch Mart. Try going to Clark&Lake & boarding the brown line instead. You have a better chance of getting on a train that way.

    Darek Lane · September 17, 2012
  • Kenneth T.

    - as featured on the 1993 movie "The Fugitive"

    Kenneth Tiong · June 26, 2012
  • Andres V.

    During rush hour, northbound trains are packed. If u need a seat and/or not in a hurry, take the southbound train which circles the Loop...

    Andres Villavicencio · May 2, 2012
  • An P.

    Back stairwell down on Kinzie often faster than running down the stairs going through the Mart

    An Phan · April 21, 2012
  • Brian H.

    Some of the CTA's rudest and least helpful employees work the turnstiles here. If your fare card doesn't work here walk to Chicago/Franklin or Clark/Lake instead of asking an employee for help.

    Brian Hadaway · April 3, 2012
  • Izzy B.

    Go into Merchandise Mart itself to top up your CTA card. Dumb, but that's the CTA for you.

    Izzy Boncimino · March 31, 2012
  • Kevin O.

    CTA Tip 171: if you need to yawn but you haven't brushed your teeth yet this week... Don't yawn near me!

    Kevin Oldenstedt · January 10, 2012
  • Smokey B.

    Lots of shady people later at night. Be careful.

    Smokey Boyle · December 12, 2011
  • Francois F.

    Great eye candy if you like a well tailored suit and dress shoes!

    Francois F · November 2, 2011
  • Brian C.

    Second turnstile from the right is often faulty.

    Brian C · February 25, 2011
  • Anthony G.

    Just witnessed a shady character trying to get through the turn-style for free. Be careful with all the thefts occurring on the brown line!

    Anthony Galante · January 6, 2011
  • Réjane P.

    at times, the street entrance turnstiles don't require a CTA pass...look for the lit up green light and the digital "enter, thank you."

    Réjane Pierre · January 5, 2011
  • Ava G.

    Westside of Wells, Watchout pavement is uneven

    Ava George Stewart · November 5, 2010

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