Name that station: Dempster-Skokie; Oakton-Skokie; Morgan station monikers now official

The CTA board on Wednesday played the name game in formally deciding on names for two new rail stations under construction, and changing a station’s name in use by the CTA since 1964.

The Yellow Line’s Skokie station now will be called Dempster-Skokie to differentiate from the newly christened Oakton-Skokie, scheduled for completion by the end of the year. The board also officially settled on Morgan as the name of the station under construction on the Green/Pink lines.

“CTA rail stations are typically identified by the nearest cross street to accurately describe the location of the station,” CTA President Forrest Claypool said in a press release. And perhaps that explains why Chicago and Grand on the Red Line were renamed Chicago/State and Grand/State.

I still miss the CTA canned announcement: “This is Grand.”


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  • Chicago & State and Grand & State were the original names of the subway stations.

    Oakton/Skokie makes sense, as it's at Skokie Blvd., but Dempster/Skokie is a half mile from Skokie Blvd. & the nearest major cross street is Bronx Ave.

  • In reply to ScooterLibbby:

    Scooter, on Chicago and Grand, I'm referring to the change in announcements onboard trains. Sorry I didn't make that clear.

  • In reply to ScooterLibbby:

    I see that Claypool and the CTA Board are dealing with the real essential issues, as opposed to what you cited in your next post.

    The station was originally Dempster, but someone made the policy decision to rename it Skokie, presumably to match the roll sign (renaming Des Plaines Ave. to Forest Park, too).

    If this is all the board can decide, we don't need it. Next, he'll probably have to go back to the board to get an appropriation to change about 30 roll signs from "Skokie" to "Skokie Dempster." Then go back for another appropriation to change "Dempster" to "Evanston Dempster." Based on what Scooter says, he can't change the latter to "Dempster-Chicago."

  • In reply to jack:

    Actually, it would be Dempster/Sherman in Evanston.
    And the Skokie station is a block away from Dempster, due to typical CTA idiocy.
    Walk off the train there one day & look at the ramp [just east of the pedestrian grade crossing]. It's only half the width, the other half is stairs.
    But the ramp is short & should have been full width.
    I'd love to know what dimbulb decided that stairs were needed there!

  • In reply to ScooterLibbby:

    Well, if that were the case, Jack, they'd have to do a lot more renaming for all the Kedzie, Western, and Pulaski stations.

  • In reply to Noah121:

    I'll agree with that, and don't necessarily disagree with doing so. Maybe the 7 board members will say that they earned their $25,000/year pondering those vital issues to running the system.

    Heck, "Western-Cullerton" on the Pink Line would make several unworthy politicians very happy. The city council could then rename Milwaukee Ave. "Daley Plaisance."

  • In reply to Noah121:

    I hope the roll signs are not changed from Skokie to Dempster, meaning people will start calling it the Dempster train, like they call the Evanston train the Linden train, or the Ravenswood train the Kimball train, or the Dan Ryan train the 95th train, or the Douglas train the 54-Cermack train.

  • In reply to ScooterLibbby:

    Scooter, I think they are referring to the village - rather than the closest street.

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