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CTA Control Center

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120 N. Racine Ave.


Near West Side


Sat, Oct 13: Closed

Sun, Oct 14: 9am - 2:30pm

Photography Prohibited Wheelchair Accessible Washrooms Available


The Control Center Theater is the heart of the CTA's 24/7 operations. In this secure 9,000-square-foot facility, controllers monitor service, power and safety for Chicago's trains, buses and transit stops in real-time on an enormous wall of monitors. They manage all movement and communication on the second largest public transit system in the country. Real-time bus management software, a train location system called QuicTrak, and access to an extensive camera network give CTA's skilled team of controllers the ability to peer into any portion of the system and work to keep things running smoothly. They communicate directly with bus and train operators and station attendants. They can also send out announcements to all transit users and stations in the system.

Behind the Scenes

Step into the viewing gallery of the Control Center Theater to observe CTA staff operate—in real-time—the country's second largest public transit system.

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This site requires advance registration and will not accept drop-in visitors. Registration is now closed.

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