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Clark/Lake is the most complicated el superstation and the only el station in downtown to have passageways in existing buildings. These buildings house the station's only entrances inside of them and house connections within fare control directly down to the underground Blue Line subway station beneath. The free transfers opened on March 23, 1992 when the two stops were united as a superstation. The stop has the standard two side platforms that are nearly completely covered by a roof that covers both the platforms (with mesh walls) over the tracks which has a glass skylight in the middle. There is a middle overpass connecting the two side platforms, completely covered by the roof, with two staircases down to each. Passengers seeking stepfree transfers between the two platforms must use the elevators and use the free connecting crossunder going underground via the blue line's mezzanine. Each platform has a walkway directly from it to an adjacent building. The Inner loop platform (Orange, Pink, Purple, and southbound Green Line) has single doors that lead to an overpass directly into the Thompson Center. Here staircases, two escalators, and two elevators lead down to street level and turnstiles with the buildings atrium (and food court). Doors lead out to the southside of Lake between Clark and LaSalle. The same conveniences (the elevators make stops on three floors) lead down to the Blue lines underground mezzanine where there is an additional entrance to the Thompson Center's food court. The Outer Loop platform has a similar passageway to 203 North LaSalle that leads to stairs, escalators and elevators down first to street level turnstiles (that lead out to doors on the northside of lake Street) and continue down to the Blue Line's underground mezzanine. There are auxiliary exists from each platform at their eastern ends with High Exit Turnstiles directly on the platforms and streetstairs down to the eastern corners of Clark and Lake.
Photos 1-12 taken on 15 July, 2006, 13-26 on 3 August, 2011, 27-32 on 2 November, 2011, 33 on 2 August, 2012, 34-41 on 4 July, 2013

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One of the unique columns at the station entrance
A two car Pink Line train has left
Zooming towards State and Lake to a Pink and Brown Line trains passing
#3316 leaves State/Lake middle level beneath the platforms
#3316 approaching
#3316 enters
#3317 stops in the station
#3317 and a four car brown line train leave
#3317 and a four car brow line train curve north off the loop
One of the unique platform signs
Green Line train #2495 enters bound for East 63rd (Cottage Grove)
Looking up to the el at one end of the platform
The overpass from the station to the Thompson Center
One of the unique columns by the main entrance inside a building
The main sidewalk entrance and overpass to the elevated visible above
Crossing Clark Street and a view of the auxiliary exits
The eastern end of the station platforms viewed from beneath
Just getting off a train, the sign for the exit inside the Thompson Center
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Last Updated: 7 September, 2012
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