Lake station (CTA)

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Red line station.jpg
Location 188 North State Street
Chicago, Illinois 60601
Coordinates 41°53′05″N 87°37′40″W / 41.884809°N 87.627813°W / 41.884809; -87.627813
Owned by City of Chicago
Platforms 1 Island platform
Tracks 2
Connections (Via State/Lake)
  Purple Line weekday rush hours only

(Via The Pedway)
Structure type Subway
Bicycle facilities Yes (Randolph Entrance)
Disabled access Yes
Opened October 17, 1943 (as part of Washington)
June 2, 1996 (as temporary Washington-Lake station)
November 18, 1997 (as permanent Lake station)
Rebuilt 1996–97 (Randolph-Washington mezzanine), 2004–05 (Lake-Randolph mezzanine and platform)
Previous names Washington (part of that station), Lake-Washington (as temporarily separate station stop)
Passengers (2015) 7,011,372[1]Increase 7.3%
Rank 1 out of 143[a]
Preceding station   Chicago "L"   Following station
toward Howard
Red Line
toward Howard
Red Line
  Pedway transfer  
toward O'Hare
Blue Line
Transfer at: Washington
toward Forest Park
Route map
State Street
Red Line
north to Howard
Lake Street  (
Brown, Green, Purple,
Orange, and Pink Lines
Benton Pl.
Randolph St.
Red Line
south to 95th/Dan Ryan

Lake (also known as Lake/State) is an 'L' station on the CTA's Red Line in the Chicago Loop that is part of the State Street Subway. Lake is a transfer station between the Red Line and the Brown, Green, Orange, Pink, and Purple Lines at the State/Lake station and the Blue Line via the Pedway. In December 2014, Lake had an average of 20,482 weekday passenger entries, making it the busiest 'L' station.[1]

Lake is linked to the Millennium Station via a Chicago Pedway connection that can be accessed at its Randolph exit.

On November 20, 2009, the pedway connecting the unpaid portions of Lake and Washington stations reopened to service.[2]

This station was originally part of the now defunct Washington station, but they were separated on June 2, 1996 due to the renovation project of the Randolph-Washington mezzanine and Lake became an independent station on November 18, 1997 in order to better facilitate transfers between the Red Line subway and the elevated State/Lake station.

Bus connections[edit]


  • 2 Hyde Park Express
  • 6 Jackson Park Express
  • 10 Museum of Science and Industry
  • 29 State
  • 36 Broadway
  • 62 Archer
  • 146 Inner Drive/Michigan Express

Notes and references[edit]


  1. ^ Due to possible double-counting of physically-connected stations, the CTA's official 2015 tally of stations was 146, but for ridership purposes reported having only 143 stations.


  1. ^ a b "Monthly Ridership Report – December 2015" (PDF). Chicago Transit Authority Ridership Analysis and Reporting. January 11, 2016. Retrieved March 1, 2016. 
  2. ^ [1] .Retrieved November 23, 2009.

External links[edit]

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