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)

(Washington 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 (2017) 6,650,401[1]Decrease 5.2%
Rank 1 out of 143
Preceding station   Chicago "L"   Following station
State Street Subway
toward Howard
Red Line
Red Line
Rush period special
toward Ashland/63rd
  Former services  
toward Howard
Red Line
(Closed 2006)
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 2017, Lake had an average of 21,425 weekday passenger entries, making it the busiest 'L' station.[1]

Lake is linked to the Millennium Station and Millennium Park 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 abandoned Washington station, 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. ^ a b "Annual Ridership Report – Calendar Year 2017" (PDF). Chicago Transit Authority, Ridership Analysis and Reporting. January 31, 2018. Retrieved July 29, 2018. 
  2. ^ [1] .Retrieved November 23, 2009.

External links[edit]

Media related to Lake (CTA) at Wikimedia Commons