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Deerfield station in October 2015.
|Location||860 Deerfield Road
|Owned by||Village of Deerfield|
|Platforms||2 side platforms|
|Passengers (2018)||1,133 (average weekday) 11.6%|
|Rank||39 out of 236|
Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railway Passenger Depot
|Location||Deerfield, Illinois, USA|
|NRHP reference No.||98000066|
|Added to NRHP||February 5, 1998|
Deerfield station is one of two Metra commuter railroad stations in Deerfield, Illinois, along the Milwaukee District/North Line. It is located at 860 Deerfield Road, 2 blocks west of Illinois State Route 43, is 24.2 miles (38.9 km) away from Union Station, the southern terminus of the line, and many trains on the line only run as far as Deerfield. The station serves commuters between Union Station and Fox Lake, Illinois. As of 2018, Deerfield is the 39th busiest of Metra's 236 non-downtown stations, with an average of 1,133 weekday boardings. The current station originally served the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad.
Deerfield station was originally built as the Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railway Passenger Depot in 1872 on what is currently the site of 35 Central Avenue. A boxcar was used as a temporary station while the permanent one was being built. It was rebuilt at its present location in 1900. A pedestrian underpass was built at the station in 1913 and it was rebuilt again after a fire in 1917. The current station retains many features from when it was rebuilt after the fire, including historical double-hung windows and radiators. Additionally, the Deerfield Historical Society often displays exhibits of historical pictures and articles within the station.
Most trains that pass through this station stop here. Only three weekday inbound trains skip Deerfield, with all outbound trains stopping. All weekend trains make a stop. Deerfield is also frequently used as a terminal, with six outbound trains terminating at Deerfield, and five inbound trains starting.
The commuter parking lot east of the station and tracks is the site of the Deerfield Farmer's Market, Saturday Mornings from June to October.
Deerfield station became nationally famous in 1979, when Deerfield village officials created a "No-Kissing Zone" at the station in response to complaints about traffic jams caused by couples taking too long to kiss their goodbyes at the drop-off point. The "No-Kissing" signs (patterned after international traffic signs) attracted national attention and were featured in Time Magazine and ABC's AM America (precursor to Good Morning America). A Deerfield family appearing on the game show Family Feud presented Richard Dawson with replica pins of the signs. Despite this restriction, the station is shown in the 1983 Paul Brickman film Risky Business. The station was added to the National Register of Historic Places on February 5, 1998.
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