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Deerfield
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Deerfield station in October 2015.
Location 860 Deerfield Road
Deerfield, Illinois
Owned by Village of Deerfield
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Connections Local Transit Pace Buses
Construction
Parking On street
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Fare zone E
History
Opened 1872
Rebuilt 1900, 1917
Traffic
Passengers (2018) 1,133 (average weekday) Decrease 11.6%
Rank 39 out of 236
Services
Preceding station Metramlogo.svg Metra Following station
Lake Forest
toward Fox Lake
Milwaukee District / North Lake Cook Road
Former services
Preceding station Milwaukee Road Following station
Sturtevant
towards Seattle or Tacoma
Main Line Western Avenue
towards Chicago
West Lake Forest
towards Milwaukee
Chicago – Milwaukee Techny
towards Chicago
West Lake Forest
towards Walworth
Suburban Service
North Line
Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railway Passenger Depot
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Location Deerfield, Illinois, USA
Built 1917
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.

Bus connections

Pace

  • 471 Highland Park/Deerfield
  • 632 Lake Cook Shuttle Bug 2
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