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King Drive (called South Park Avenue until the street was renamed in 1968) is a very unusual station. Passengers can only enter the station to go inbound towards the the loop, a practice that has been in place since 1970 and until just a few years ago was indicated on system maps by an arrow pointing inbound to prohibit outbound boarding. The station was closed for renovations from December 1, 1991 to October 31, 1993, and was open only until January 1994 when the entire Green Line was closed for rehabilitation. The station reopened for good in 1996 (Chicago-L.org). The renovations further enforced the boarding restrictions with today's present design. The stop has two side platforms on an elevated structure located above 63rd Street, just after the East 63rd Street branch curves east. The two side platforms are canopied in their midsections (with beams going across the track area), where the exits are right in the middle of trains and left exposed for short distances at their ends with blue fencing. The Cottage Grove-bound platform has two high exit turnstiles directly on the platforms, these are right in front of their own staircases down to the SE and SW corners of Martin Luther King Drive. An elevator leads down to the SW corner and to an extra wide high exit turnstile (designed to accommodate wheelchairs) at street level. There are no slam gates or the like to leave this station, all passengers including wheelchairs leaving the station must go through high turnstiles. The Loop-bound platform has two staircases (one on each side of King Drive) and an elevator at the SE corner of King Drive and 63rd that lead up to a fare control area with turnstiles and a Customer Assistant booth directly along the side platform.
Photos 1-8 taken on 3 August, 2011, 9-26 on 4 July, 2013

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Eastbound and Westbound Trains pass each other in the station
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A platform sign on the exit platform
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Looking across to the only entrance turnstiles on the opposite platform
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The two covered exit only staircases, just small red Stop! No Entry signs on the steps
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The extra wide accessible high turnstile for the elevator down from the southbound platform
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Looking across to the elevator and staircases up to the Inbound platform
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The two staircases to Green Line Trains, the direction isn't specified
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A side view of one of the staircases
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An entrance staircase
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Entering the station, the retail space is for lease
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Looking across to the high exit turnstiles from the exit platform
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The extremely frequent service (for King Drive) because all Green Line Trains are coming here with the Red Line going to Ashland/63rd
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Signs on the Harlem Platform
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At one end of the canopy structure
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A King Drive Platform sign and the tiling on the sides of the station house
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