CTA - Clark/Lake

Train Station · The Loop
124 W Lake St (at Clark St), Chicago, IL 60601, United States
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  • Mon–Sun
    • 24 Hours
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Clark/Lake is a 'super station' consisting of two stations that have been merged into one. The original elevated station opened in 1895 as part of the Lake Street Elevated Railroad. The subway station opened as Lake Transfer in the Dearborn Street Subway in 1951.


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  • What you need to know
    #⃣GRAEGINATOR (Matthew Graegin) .
    "CTA Elevator = Smell of urine!"(3 Tips)
    Sam F.
    "touch-free pump of hand sanitizer near the escalators."(2 Tips)
    Charles E.
    "Was called lake transfer many years ago."(2 Tips)
    Meghan H.
    "The elevator seconds as a bathroom judging by the smell."(5 Tips)
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  • B P.

    Trains to the airport from here.

    B P · January 17
  • Thomas D.

    Real shady with the Green Line times. Wonder why that is..?

    Thomas Deaderick · December 4, 2014
  • #⃣GRAEGINATOR (Matthew Graegin) .
  • Vrinda P.

    On Saturdays trains don't start running till about 5:00. With the exception of the blue line.

    Vrinda Patel · February 22, 2014
  • Garland A.

    Cta rainbow trains they come in all ur favorite colors

    Garland Armstrong · December 12, 2013
  • Sam F.

    If you exit through the Thompson Center, there's a touch-free pump of hand sanitizer near the escalators. Use it!

    Sam F · November 11, 2013
  • #⃣GRAEGINATOR (Matthew Graegin) .
  • William S.

    Watch out for the pickpockets they like hanging in here because all the travelers come here. They like to do their crime in the back traveling in 2, 3, or 4. Police are never there or Cta supervisor

    William Santoyo · August 26, 2013
  • Jim P.

    Elevators are very slow and full of urine. If they were faster, it would give people less time to pee and both problems would be.solved.

    Jim Pearson · April 11, 2013
  • miguel c.

    Don't step over the homeless.

    miguel cortez · March 25, 2013
  • Allison B.

    Trains around 9pm are almost non-existent on weekdays

    Allison Barnhart · February 28, 2013
  • Peter D.

    Climb up into the parking garage down the street for a great top-down view of the railway intersection at Lake & Wells. (sorry for the broken link, can't remove)  Read more

    Peter Dykstra · February 13, 2013
  • Clay & Chloe

    Stand up for ladies :)

    Clay & Chloe · October 8, 2012
  • Clay & Chloe

    Get a car ;)

    Clay & Chloe · October 4, 2012
  • Meghan H.

    The elevator seconds as a bathroom judging by the smell.

    Meghan Hogan · October 3, 2012
  • Meg M.

    Blue line is all the way downstairs. Red line is 2 blocks east on State (follow the traffic on Lake Street). Every other line in town is up on the elevated tracks.

    Meg McCart · September 30, 2012
  • Richard S.

    This is Lake Transfer. Change here for Ravenswood, Lake/Dan Ryan and Evanston Express trains. Circa 1990.

    Richard S. · September 26, 2012
  • Travis R.

    CTA Passengers: MOVE TOWARD THE CENTER OF ALL TRAINS AND BUSES! Standing in the doorways so more passengers cannot get on is crazy rude. Just be courteous. :)

    Travis Russell · September 18, 2012
  • StreetWise_CHI

    StreetWise vendors are within blocks of this station! Help us end homelessness :)

    StreetWise_CHI · August 22, 2012
  • Aishwarya S.

    We're glad you are here! :)

    Aishwarya Sharma · July 22, 2012
  • Dawon H.

    For a breeze while you wait, stand near the wells entrance

    Dawon Hawkins · June 25, 2012
  • Brian B.

    Dont touch anything.

    Brian Bolan · June 12, 2012
  • @jayelarex

    You are being watched.

    @jayelarex · June 10, 2012
  • Rashonda A.

    Ready to relax...it's been an awfully loooong day!

    Rashonda Armfield · May 24, 2012
  • Dawon H.

    Trains are relatively empty after 8am

    Dawon Hawkins · May 17, 2012
  • Ben D.

    The accommodations are sparse at best. The couches aren't very comfortable and they smell like pee.

    Ben Dahl · April 24, 2012
  • Smokey B.

    Watch out for people stealing phones and picking your pockets. These bums are gangsta and don't play!

    Smokey Boyle · March 28, 2012
  • Kyle H.

    Count on one of the escalators being broken at most times. Also, STAND ON THE RIGHT, PASS ON THE LEFT. The escalator isn't a ride!!

    Kyle Hayward · February 29, 2012
  • merrick b.

    get on a train. see where it takes you.

    merrick brown · February 28, 2012
  • Jeff J.

    Cool touch screen game downstairs

    Jeff Johnson · January 22, 2012
  • Jaymie S.

    A Pigeon Pecked At My Boot, These Pigeons Here Are Gangsters!

    Jaymie Scott · January 21, 2012
  • _ M.

    The monitors by the Blue Line trains display arrival times. Be sure to keep an eye on those.

    _ Molloy · January 18, 2012
  • Walgreens

    Your chocolate malted milkshake is waiting at the Juice Bar... or maybe a made-to-order smoothie. Check out the all new Walgreens at State and Randolph!

    Walgreens · January 9, 2012
  • Gregg L.

    Why does someone always piss in the elevators????!?

    Gregg Landess · January 4, 2012
  • Ray H.

    Use the Blue Line elevator at your own risk. It always stinks of urine!

    Ray Hostetler · December 27, 2011
  • Jon M.

    Get engaged here

    Jon Marshall · December 18, 2011
  • James P.

    I choo choo choose to get my drunk ass home safely

    James Popp · December 18, 2011
  • Angie O.

    The brown & green lines are shorter in the afternoon until about 3pm.

    Angie Osmanski · December 14, 2011
  • Corey H.

    Check out the GNC for workout juice and powders.

    Corey Hubbard · December 9, 2011
  • VonTae K.

    Lot of birds

    VonTae King · November 26, 2011
  • Tim D.

    Those aren't cats, they're rats!

    Tim Deuchler · October 10, 2011
  • Brandon B.

    Always some sexy chicks around during the week

    Brandon Bruner · October 2, 2011
  • Jeff D.

    Clearly the renovation of this station is a union job. They have been working on it for at least 5 years. It's not the pyramids boys.

    Jeff DeLong · August 27, 2011
  • Jessica S.

    22 and 24 stop here. It's the beginning of the route for the 24 so it's nice to get on while the bus waits to leave.

    Jessica Striebich · August 24, 2011
  • Cole G.

    No one rail can kill you, you need to be grounded to to shunt the source, so just don't touch two rails at once :)

    Cole Garrett · August 17, 2011
  • Chicago Kickball

    Another close safe transport after a night of Kickball and parties @Ravenswoodpub

    Chicago Kickball · August 3, 2011
  • Cory B.

    Support local musicians!

    Cory Burns · July 28, 2011
  • Leif J.

    If you're going west on the Green Line after about 10:00, I've generally found that it's a good idea to board the front car (with the conductor). Better safe than sorry...

    Leif Johnson · July 24, 2011
  • Daniel S.

    There's something in the air at this station...it renders people useless - left stammering about, weaving left and right at a snail's pace. STOP CHECKING UR PHONES/DIGGING IN UR BAGS & WALK! ;)

    Daniel S · July 7, 2011
  • Walgreens

    Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer after using public transportation. Especially during flu season. There’s a way to stay well.

    Walgreens · June 17, 2011

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