Chicago is unfortunately known for crime. However, it’s typically isolated to certain parts of the city, so it’s good to know which areas to avoid or where to use more caution. Using crime information gathered from Chicago Police Department ClearMap over the past 12 months (data pulled Feb. 2017), here are the CTA stations in areas that had the highest reported index crime (more serious crime) from most to least.

Grand Red

As the closest CTA station to Navy Pier, Grand Red is on the edge of Chicago’s beat with the most reported crime in the entire city. The crime area extends east to Navy Pier and includes the south end of the Streeterville neighborhood and Ogden Slip.

Monroe Red and Blue

The police beat that contains the two Monroe CTA stations is near the Art Institute of Chicago and Chicago Symphony Center in the Loop.

Other Loop Stations (except for Jackson Red and Blue)

Partly due to density, all of the CTA station’s in the Loop except for the two Jackson stations are in relatively high crime areas. It’s a big city, so remain aware of your surroundings. There’s usually plenty of tourists, students and business people walking around. Use more caution at night.

The Jackson Blue and Jackson Red stations, if you’re interested in using them, are near Grant Park/Buckingham Fountain and can be used to reach Willis Tower. It is safer to walk toward the park than away.

Merchandise Mart

On the brown and purple line in River North, the Merchandise Mart CTA Station is near the Chicago River and theMART showroom.

Chicago Red

In a touristy area of Chicago, the Chicago Red station is near the Magnificent Mile, John Hancock Center, City Gallery and lots of retail stores.

Damen Blue

The Damen Blue CTA Station is in between the Bucktown and Wicker Park neighborhoods. The area with the higher crime is south toward Wicker Park.


In the South Loop near Printer’s Row and Grant Park, the Harrison CTA Station is a subway station on the red line. There were less reported crimes in the areas to the north and south (where the Jackson and Roosevelt stations are located).


Toward the end of the red line on the south side, the 87th CTA Station is not near any of Chicago’s major attractions.

Western Blue

Also near Bucktown, the Western Blue CTA Station was in an area with a large number of reported crimes in 2016.

Chicago Blue

In River West, the Chicago Blue CTA Station is near the Kennedy Expressway and Noble Square.

Grand Blue

The Grand Blue CTA Station is also in River West and next to Chicago Blue. The North Branch of the Chicago River is in walking distance.


Near Old Town and the Gold Coast, Clark/Division is on the red line near bars and restaurants. The police beat also includes Oak Street Beach.


The 79th CTA Station is almost at the end of the red line on the south side. Next to I-94, the area around the station isn’t very pedestrian-friendly.

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