Is The CTA On Board With State Street Illuminations?

Maybe it was too much beer at Old Saint Pat’s , but I swear while riding the 151 up State Street tonight I saw dancing panels of light on the CTA’s State/Lake station.  They illuminated the truss substructure in white and then displayed apparently random blocks of green and red on the elevated station’s main fa├žade.

The bus turned before I could get a picture, so maybe I imagined it.  If I didn’t, it will be a great and imaginative addition to the neon corridor anchored by WLS Television , the Chicago Theater , and most recently the Joffrey Tower .

My advice:  Have the colors illuminating the platform change based on which train is in the station: Green, Brown (might be hard), Purple, Orange, Pink, or Red (happens more often than you’d think).

Author: Editor

Editor founded the Chicago Architecture Blog in 2003, after a long career in journalism. He can be reached at

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