Slice of Life: Ravinia’s Historic Railroad Station

Metra Ravinia Station

The Ravinia station on Metra’s Union Pacific-North line from Chicago to Kenosha, Wisconsin stands as a stately steward of the rails and trains that pass before it.

While there are plenty of recently built and rebuilt Metra stations that look similar, this one is the real deal.  Built in 1889 and designed by Frost and Granger, it is the oldest surviving station on Metra’s northern and northwestern corridors.

Today Ravinia (510 Roger Williams Avenue, Highland Park) is one of the smallest stations on the Metra UP-N line; only North Chicago, Zion, and Winthrop Harbor have fewer users.  But remarkably, at one time there was enough traffic in the sleepy neighborhood of Highland Park to warrant a second station.  It served passengers on the Bluff City Electric Railway, which carried people from their homes along the North Shore to factory jobs in the city.  It was eventually eaten by the Chicago, North Shore, and Milwaukee Railroad, which died in 1963.

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