A Yellow Line train rounding Oakton Curve

train iconYellow Line ‘L’ Skokie Swift bird icon

The Yellow Line route provides rapid transit train service between Dempster-Skokie (in Skokie, IL) and Howard (in Chicago), with connecting service to downtown Chicago via Purple Line Express or Red Line.

This line is also commonly known by its original service name: the "Skokie Swift."

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Hours of operation:





Between Dempster-Skokie and Howard (Skokie Swift)
Dempster-Skokie to Howard




Howard to Dempster-Skokie






Routewide schedule brochure (pdf)Web-based text timetables from RTARoute diagram & station info


Service alerts

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Increased Capacity for Lollapalooza 2021
Added Service

Increased service and capacity will run for Lollapalooza on the Red, Brown, Green, Orange, Blue and Yellow lines.

Service for 2021 Cubs Night Games and Wrigley Field Evening Events
Added Service

Later Yellow Line service from Howard runs for Cubs night games/Wrigley Field evening events. Skokie-bound trains run will until 12a on game nights.

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Route diagram

with stations and station timetables

This map represents order of stations along route, not geography.

Yellow Line Stop

Dempster-SkokieAccessible stationPark & Ride available

Transfer to buses

Yellow Line Stop

Oakton-SkokieAccessible station

Transfer to buses

Yellow Line Transfer Stop

HowardAccessible stationPark & Ride available

Transfer to Red LineTransfer to Purple LineTransfer to buses