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Chicago Transit Authority Skokie Shops

RSVP required to visit this site.


Via Howard CTA Station (7519 N. Paulina St)


Rogers Park


Sat, Oct 15: 9am - 1pm

Sun, Oct 16: Closed

Photography Prohibited






All Skokie Shops tours have reached capacity and RSVPs are now closed

The Skokie Shops are CTA's heavy maintenance facility for the entire fleet of railcars on the "L" rapid transit system. While most cleaning and routine maintenance is performed at the smaller shops and yards located at the end of every CTA train line, all major repairs and overhauls are done at the Skokie facility. Since 1926, it's been located along the CTA Yellow Line (formerly Skokie Swift). The current 236,700-square-foot complex is primarily the result of late-1990s renovations that added an administrative building and state-of-the-art new facilities for inspection, painting, rewiring, rebuilding and more.

Behind the Scenes

Tour the expansive Skokie Shops complex with CTA staff to learn more about how Chicago's elevated train cars are maintained and modernized. Vintage trains from CTA's Heritage Fleet will shuttle visitors from the Howard CTA Station to the Skokie Shops.

Due to security concerns and space constraints, all visitors to this site must register in advance.

This one-hour tour begins and ends at the Howard CTA Station (Red/Yellow/Purple Line) at the corner of Howard Street and Paulina Street. Specific instructions and exact meeting location will be emailed to registered guests. This tour is not wheelchair accessible. For safety reasons, all tour participants will be required to wear long pants and closed toe, non-steel-toe, rubber-soled shoes.