4. Chicago "L" System: Red Line

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The Chicago "L" is operated by the Chicago Transit Authority and is the second-busiest rail mass transit system in the United States (after New York City subway). The oldest sections of the Chicago "L" started operations in 1892. In a 2005 poll, Chicago Tribune readers voted the “L” as one of the “seven wonders of Chicago," along with the lakefront, Wrigley Field, Willis Tower, the Water Tower, the University of Chicago, and the Museum of Science and Industry.

The Red Line is the busiest route and includes 33 stations on its 22-mile route from the north to the south side of Chicago. The Red Line operates 24/7 and is the only CTA line that goes to ballparks for both of Chicago’s Major League baseball teams.

This is the “Lake” station. It originally opened as part of the Washington Station in 1943, but was rebuilt and reopened as the Lake station in 1997. The color scheme of this station reflects the light blue, white and red of the Chicago Flag, and the silhouetted buildings on the walls are abstract representations of nearby buildings.

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