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Photos: 50 Years On The Yellow Line

By Chuck Sudo in News on Apr 22, 2014 9:05PM

On April 18, 1964, Chicago Transit Authority held a dedication ceremony for a line they dubbed the Skokie Swift. The 5.1-mile route connects CTA's Howard Street station with Dempster Street in Skokie, with a stop on Oakton between the two, and runs through southern Evanston en route to Skokie.

The line follows a route that provided rail service between Chicago and Milwaukee known as the North Shore Line. CTA previously had "L" service along the route from 1925 through the 1940s serving Niles Center, with several stops. (The North Shore Line was discontinued in 1963.)

Today the Skokie Swift is better known as the Yellow Line and there has been discussion about extending service to Old Orchard Mall.