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Stay in the loop with the Windy City’s biggest news.

Lee Crooks has voiced your CTA stop for 25 years, but who is he?

If you live in Chicago, you know Lee Crooks—probably without realizing it. Crooks has been the voice of the CTA for 25 years, so he’s a fixture in most of our lives. We wanted to get to know the man behind “Doors closing.” In this episode, we talk to Crooks about trains, legacy and Midwest accents. And yes, we have him do the voice.

Stay in the loop with the Windy City’s biggest news.

   

If you live in Chicago, you know Lee Crooks—probably without realizing it. Crooks has been the voice of the CTA for 25 years, so he’s a fixture in most of our lives. We wanted to get to know the man behind “Doors closing.” In this episode, we talk to Crooks about trains, legacy and Midwest accents. 

And yes, we have him do the voice.

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We can’t let National Transportation Week pass without revisiting our conversation with Lee Crooks. He’s basically a local celebrity, with a highly-recognizable voice. He’s been announcing stops on the CTA for 25 years. “It does become something of a legacy,” Crooks said. In this episode, he talks to host Erin Allen about trains, legacy and Midwest accents. And yes, we have him do the voice. This episode was originally published on Oct. 18, 2023.