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An artist's rendering of what the new mezzanine at LaSalle/Division would look like when finished.

Clark/Division Station Renovation

In January 2012, CTA and the City of Chicago announced a major renovation to the Clark/Division station on the Red Line. Clark/Division opened in 1943 with the rest of the State Street Subway, now part of the Red Line. This will be the first major renovation of the station.

Building a New ChicagoThe project, which has a construction budget of $41.1 million, includes the construction of a brand-new, 8,800 sq. ft. mezzanine at LaSalle/Division (which will be the first new mezzanine to on the subway since its opening). This new mezzanine will provide access to the station meeting ADA standards for accessibility. The existing platform, station interiors and mezzanine at Clark/Division will also see a major renovation similar to those at Grand, Lake and Jackson, also on the Red Line.

Work has begun and the new mezzanine is slated to be open in September 2014. The remainder of the project is expected to reach completion in 2015.

Here are some highlights of what the project will bring to users of the Clark/Division station:

  • New wall and ceiling architectural finishes
  • Three new escalators (one at Clark, two at LaSalle) and two new elevators (at LaSalle)
  • New ornamental cast iron street-level stair and escalator enclosures
  • Granite floors and stairs
  • Energy efficient lighting
  • New fare collection equipment
  • State-of-the-art communication and security equipment
  • New signage
  • Bike ramps and racks in the mezzanines


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