The two companies are set to work on the redesign of Chicago’s State/Lake Station, transforming one of the city’s busiest stops.

Reimagining one of the oldest stations in Chicago’s elevated rail network, the new design improves accessibility, safety and comfort for all riders, and maintains a respectful relationship to the adjacent historic and cultural fabric of downtown.

The City of Chicago, Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) and Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) have revealed preliminary designs for the city’s State/Lake elevated station and Red Line Connection in the heart of downtown. The station is the second busiest in the CTA network, located at a vital junction within the Chicago Loop and serving six of Chicago’s eight train lines, with further connections to pedestrian and bus routes.

The proposed State/Lake Station design includes wider safer platforms, a sweeping glass canopy to protect passengers from the elements, a new accessible fly-over connection bridge, new elevators for riders of all mobilities to the elevated and Red Line platforms, and public realm enhancements at street level.

“The new State/Lake station will be a gateway to downtown for Chicagoans and visitors alike. As one of the most visible stations in the CTA network, the design is reflective of both its location and the needs of riders, with a soaring glass canopy, comfortable spaces for passengers, and fully integrated accessible design for riders of all mobility levels,” said Scott Duncan, SOM Design Partner.