The CTA brown line travels northwest from the Loop over the Chicago River to residential areas including Lincoln Park and Lakeview. The line is often less crowded than the popular red line, which is something to consider if you’re looking for a place to live near transit or have the option to take the brown or red line to your destination.


Except on Sundays, service on the brown line starts at 4 a.m. from Kimball to the Loop (4:30 a.m. in the Loop).

Service ends at 1 or 1:30 a.m. depending on the direction of travel, with the last train leaving downtown Chicago around 1:30 a.m. (On Sundays, service starts one hour later).

Train frequency on the brown line is every 4 to 12 minutes, with the most frequent trains during morning and evening rush hour.


Parking is available only at the Kimball CTA Station on the brown line.


The following brown-line stations are NOT handicap accessible: Quincy, LaSalle/Van Buren, Adams/Wabash, Randolph/Wabash and State/Lake.

Popular Destinations

Second City
Chicago History Museum
Chicago Theatre
Chicago Riverwalk
Grant Park
Lincoln Park Zoo
Chicago Symphony Center
Art Institute of Chicago
Wrigley Field

Brown Line Neighborhoods

The Loop
River North
Old Town
Lincoln Park
Roscoe Village
Irving Park

Things to Know

  • Transfer at Clark/Lake for handicap-accessible connections to the other rail lines (except red)
  • The Southport CTA Station on the brown line is in walking distance of Wrigley Field if you want to avoid the crowds on the red line and at the station next to the stadium.

More Information

CTA Red Line Guide
CTA Blue Line Guide