CHICAGO BUS AND STREETCAR ROUTES

ROUTES 80-89

Unless noted, all extension or replacement bus routes were operated by the same companies which had introduced the streetcar routes. In 1908, Calumet Electric Street Railway and South Chicago City Railway merged to form Calumet & South Chicago Railway. Prior to the formation of CTA, Chicago Railways was the only company operating trolleybuses.


80 Irving Park
Streetcar route introduced by Chicago Electric Transit Co./Chicago Railways

1896 - electric streetcar service introduced from Broadway to Neenah
10/3/28 - CMC bus route 33 Narragansett-Austin extended west on Irving Park to Harlem
3/8/30 - CMC route 33 discontinued on Irving Park Rd.
7/6/30 - extension bus route 80A introduced between Neenah Ave. and Harlem Ave.
11/7/48 - streetcar route converted to trolleybuses, route 80A remains separate route
5/30/54 - route 80A combined into route 86 North-Narragansett-Irving Park
2/1/70 - route 80A formed as separate route again
1/13/73 - trolleybuses replaced with motor buses, route 80A remains separate route
4/7/75 - some route 80A service extended west of Cumberland Ave. into Schiller Park
2/27/83 - route 80A renumbered to 80W, extended north to Rosemont/River Road station
1/24/88 - extension route 80W combined into main route, Schiller Park extension to Pace

Extension service was initially operated by Chicago Motor Coach Co, later replaced with Chicago Railways route 80A. When the Irving Park service was combined into present route 80, the Schiller Park extension was replaced by newly created Pace route 326.

Owl service discontinued 2/2/92

Certain trips limited stops 6/24/2002-2/7/2010

Car House: Elston
Bus Garage: North Ave. (7/6/30-12/4/55)
Forest Glen (12/4/55-present)


81 Lawrence
Streetcar route introduced by North Chicago Electric Railway/Chicago Railways

1896 - electric streetcar service introduced from Broadway to Jefferson Park
4/1/51 - streetcar route converted to trolleybuses, extension bus route 81A introduced east of Broadway
7/3/53 - summer beach variation of route 81A introduced, replacing former CMC unnumbered shuttle
12/13/69 - trolleybuses replaced with motor buses
2/1/70 - extension route 81A combined into main route

Owl service

Car House: Devon (until 11/11/46)
Elston (11/11/46-1/21/51)
Devon (1/21/51-4/1/51)
Bus Garage: Lawrence/North Park (4/1/51-5/30/54)
North Park (5/30/54-12/4/55)
Forest Glen/North Park (12/4/55-2/1/70)
Forest Glen (2/1/70-present)


81W West Lawrence
Bus route introduced by CTA

9/11/66 - CTA extends route 85A Foster-Central on Lawrence from Harlem to Canfield
2/1/70 - service restructured as route 64 Foster-Lawrence
5/29/72 - route 64 Foster-Lawrence extended to Cumberland/Higgins
2/27/83 - route 64 restructured into three separate routes 69, 81W, and 92W

Original service on West Lawrence was an extension of route 85A Foster-Central into a loop serving Harlem, Lawrence, Canfield, and Foster. Upon extension of rapid transit from Logan Square to new Jefferson Park terminal, route reconfigured as route 64 Foster-Lawrence, operating in loop from new Jefferson Park terminal via Lawrence, Canfield, and Foster. When rapid transit was extended further west, route further restructured into three separate routes 69 Foster-East River, 81W West Lawrence, and 92W West Foster. Route 81W basically assumed its present form, though operating via Cumberland north of Lawrence. Effective 12/16/2012, weekday service modified to operate via East River Rd., replacing discontinued route 69.

Bus Garage: Forest Glen


82 Devon

Internal accounting number for local streetcar service, not publicly used. By the time route numbers were used for all streetcars and buses, route combined with Broadway route, later route 155 Devon.


82 Kimball-Homan
Streetcar route introduced by Chicago General Railway/Southern Street Railway
Bus route introduced by Chicago Railways

1896 - electric streetcar service introduced on Lawndale.
6/21/31 - trolleybus route 82 Kimball introduced, between Lawrence and Peterson
7/1/37 - trolleybuses replaced with motor buses, route extended south to Logan Square
10/7/41 - bus route 82A Homan introduced, operating south of Logan Square
12/1/42 - routes 82 and 82A suspended as part of wartime conservation efforts
10/1/45 - routes 82 and 82A restored, route 82A extension replaces Lawndale streetcar
12/4/49 - route 82A becomes Kedzie-Homan route, replacing north Kedzie streetcar
9/9/56 - route 82A combined with North California bus route
2/1/70 - present route structure adopted, with north Kedzie transferred to route 93

The only part of this route to have been a streetcar route was south segment on Lawndale. Route originally connected with Cermak route at Rockwell, operating via Rockwell, 25th St., and Lawndale to 35th St. From 5/6/09 to 10/1/45, Lawndale service was a branch of Cermak streetcar route at Kedzie, with trackage abandoned on Rockwell and 25th St. east of Kedzie. Technically, the bus service replacing the former streetcar segment south of 25th St. was the only bus route ever operated by Southern Street Railway, the predecessor streetcar company. All other routes of this smallest of Chicago streetcar companies were converted to bus after the CTA takeover. Kimball Ave. and Homan Ave. are basically the same street, changing names at North Ave. The 82A Kedzie-Homan bus route was formed by extending Homan route north via Fullerton and Kedzie north to Bryn Mawr Ave., replacing a streetcar extension.

Bus Garage: Elston (6/21/31-7/1/37)
Ardmore (7/1/37-10/7/41)
Ardmore/Lawndale (10/7/41-5/29/50)
Lawndale/North Park (5/29/50-12/16/73)
Kedzie/North Park (12/16/73-9/2/79)
Lawndale/North Park (9/2/79-6/29/84)
Kedzie/North Park (6/29/84-9/7/86)
Lawndale/North Park (9/7/86-7/3/94)
Kedzie (7/3/94-present)


83 83rd
Bus route introduced by Calumet & South Chicago Railway

9/18/39 - introduced as bus route, operating from Jeffery/South Chicago to Lakefront
9/8/63 - route combined into route 95 83rd-93rd-95th, connected at east ends
12/28/97 - 83rd St. segment discontinued

Sunday service discontinued 9/10/61
Sunday service restored 9/13/81

Bus Garage: 77th St. (9/18/39-9/8/63)
Beverly (9/8/63-4/3/77)
77th St. (4/3/77-6/26/88)
103rd St. (6/26/88-12/28/97)


84 North Ashland

Internal accounting number for local streetcar service, not publicly used. By the time route numbers were used for all streetcars and buses, all Ashland service was identified as route 9.


84 Peterson
Bus route introduced by Chicago Railways

6/19/39 - introduced as bus route

Bus Garage: Ardmore (6/19/39-1/27/43)
Lawrence (1/27/43-5/30/54)
North Park (5/30/54-9/7/57)
Forest Glen (9/7/57-present)


85 Central
Bus route introduced by Chicago Motor Coach Co.
Trolleybus route introduced by Chicago Railways

10/3/28 - introduced by CMC as bus route 38 Central
6/8/30 - CMC route 38 replaced by trolleybus route 85
1/7/70 - trolleybuses replaced with motor buses

The Chicago Motor Coach Co. originally had been granted permission in 1928 by the Illinois Commerce Commission to expand on Chicago's northwest side. But the following year, with a new governor and with new appointees on the Illinois Commerce Commission, the commission ruled in favor of Chicago Surface Lines instead operating the new routes.

Owl service discontinued 4/26/98

Certain rush hour trips limited stops 3/21/55-2/1/70

Bus Garage: North Ave. (6/8/30-1/27/43)
North Ave./Lawrence (1/27/43-5/30/54)
North Ave./North Park (5/30/54-12/4/55)
Forest Glen (12/4/55-present)


85A North Central
Bus route introduced by Chicago Railways

10/7/40 - introduced as bus route
2/20/55 - combined with route 92A West Foster, forming route 85A Foster-Central
2/1/70 - route formed as separate route again

Upon extension of rapid transit from Logan Square to new Jefferson Park terminal, present route adopted, serving Jefferson Park station.

Sunday service discontinued 9/13/81
Sunday service restored 4/18/82
Sunday service discontinued 2/2/92

Bus Garage: North Ave. (10/7/40-1/27/43)
Lawrence (1/27/43-5/30/54)
North Park (5/30/54-12/4/55)
Forest Glen (12/4/55-present)


86 Narragansett
Bus route introduced by Chicago Motor Coach Co.
Trolleybus route introduced by Chicago Railways

10/3/28 - introduced by CMC as extended bus route 33 Narragansett-Austin
6/29/30 - CMC route 33 on Narragansett replaced by trolleybus route 86
2/1/53 - trolleybuses replaced with motor buses, combined with route 72A West North
5/30/54 - combined with route 80A West Irving Park
2/1/70 - Irving Park segment transferred again to route 80A West Irving Park
1/29/84 - extended south to Lake St., North Ave. segment transferred to route 72
6/18/2006 - extended north via Nagle to Devon, replacing segment of route 91

Originally a part of Chicago Motor Coach route 33 Narragansett-Austin, introduced 10/12/25 on Austin between Roosevelt Rd. and North Ave., extended 10/3/28 via North and Narragansett and Irving Park Rd. to Harlem Ave. Present 86 routing replaced a portion of Pace suburban bus route 315. Main North Ave. route 72 meanwhile extended west to Harlem Ave.

Weekend service discontinued 10/5/97

Bus Garage: North Ave. (6/29/30-12/4/55)
Forest Glen (12/4/55-12/4/60)
North Ave. (12/4/60-9/7/86)
Forest Glen (9/7/86-present)


87 87th
Streetcar route introduced by Calumet & South Chicago Railway (east of Ingleside)
Streetcar route introduced by Chicago City Railway (west of Ingleside)

10/3/15 - electric streetcar service introduced from Stony Island to Commercial
10/15/30 - electric streetcar service introduced from State St. to Vincennes
11/25/30 - electric streetcar service extended from State St. to Ingleside
5/5/35 - extension bus route 87B introduced from Vincennes to Damen
5/2/37 - electric streetcar line completed from Stony Island to Ingleside
5/22/47 - bus route extended west to Western Ave.
9/6/49 - bus route extended west to Hamlin
5/27/51 - streetcar route converted to buses, extension route combined into main route
3/8/54 - extended west to Kenton
8/13/54 - extended west to Cicero Ave.

Through streetcar route from Commercial to Vincennes formed on 5/2/37, when Chicago's last significant segment of streetcar trackage was completed between Stony Island and Ingleside. Prior to then, east streetcar was route 87 and west streetcar was 87A. Combined streetcar route became route 87A. A west extension bus route 87B, later 87, was created two years prior to the completion of the streetcar route.

Owl service introduced 6/18/95

Car House: 77th St.
Bus Garage: 77th St. (5/5/35-5/27/51)
Beverly (5/27/51-3/26/72)
77th St. (3/26/72-present)


88 Higgins
Bus route introduced by Chicago Railways

4/21/35 - introduced as bus route

Owl service discontinued 2/2/92

Bus Garage: North Ave. (4/21/35-1/27/43)
Lawrence (1/27/43-5/30/54)
North Park (5/30/54-12/4/55)
Forest Glen (12/4/55-present)


89 Yates-95th
Bus route introduced by Calumet & South Chicago Railway

4/12/45 - introduced as bus route 89 Jeffery-100th
12/15/46 - CMC introduces bus route 4 Jeffery, duplicating much of this route
12/4/49 - route revised to route 89 Yates-95th
12/20/71 - route replaced by extension of route 71 71st, mainly via Yates Ave.
3/26/72 - route replaced by new route 5B Yates-Colfax, south of 87th St.
8/5/73 - route 5B replaced with school trip variation of route 5 Jeffery
1976 - route 5B becomes separate route again
1/24/82 - route renumbered 6B, conforming to route 5 Jeffery consolidation into route 6
11/30/84 - route 6B discontinued

Original bus route operated between Stony Island/93rd and 103rd/Torrence. Revised route 89 Yates-95th operated a short distance between 91st/Baltimore and 104th/Torrence.

Bus Garage: 77th St.