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Union Station, Chicago, IL, Chicago

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Chicago Union Station is a major railroad station that opened in 1925 in Chicago, Illinois, replacing an earlier station built in 1881. It is the only remaining intercity rail terminal in Chicago, as well as being the city's primary terminal for commuter trains. The station stands on the west side of the Chicago River between West Adams Street and West Jackson Boulevard, just outside the Chicago Loop. Including approach and storage tracks, it is about nine and a half city blocks in size. Its facilities are mostly underground, buried beneath streets and skyscrapers.Chicago Union Station is the third-busiest rail terminal in the United States, after Grand Central Terminal and Penn Station in New York City. It is Amtrak's overall fourth-busiest station. It handles approximately 120,000 passengers on an average weekday and is one of Chicago’s most iconic structures, reflecting the city’s strong architectural heritage and historic achievements. Its combination of Bedford limestone Beaux-Arts facades, massive Corinthian columns, sparkling marble floors, and magnificent Great Hall, all highlighted by brass lamps, create an environment that captures the imagination of passengers and visitors who enter its premises. In addition to standing out architecturally, Union Station has features that reflect its commitment to sustainability. In 2011, its lighting system was replaced with more energy-efficient light bulbs and motion sensors, reducing the station’s carbon footprint by 4 million tons annually.
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  • More people need to know that we have many great Union Stations around the USA. I will describe this one but we have many great buildings like this in many large cities. When you walk in and see the h...  more »
  • We travelled out of Union Station on our way to New Orleans five years ago with little time to admire the building, so it was good to arrive yesterday from Saint Louis when we were able to stop and en...  more »
  • Dating back to 1925, the architecture and scale is quite breathtaking. Sitting in the Great Hall, one can almost hear the thousands of footsteps that have rushed through the hall to make their trains ...  more »
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  • I generally don't take trains from or to Union station but I had to take my cousins from out of town. The architecture is stunning and it sometimes feels like your stepping back in time. Since it's so big, it gets a bit confusing to find the right track, but the staff or even the people who are waiting are extremely helpful.
  • Beautiful and historic, the station is the hub of Amtrak travel in the United States. Don't miss the great hall - now being fully restored!
  • Pretty clean ok food places. Very busy sometimes hard to get in or out during rush hour
  • The underground track terminals are improperly ventilated, but everyone really enjoys breathing in smog while walking to Madison St in the every morning. It's great.
  • Hopped the train from STL, and was pleasantly surprised by this monument to a bygone era of travel. We didn't spend much time here, but the architecture is fantastic, the various areas were clean, and the Amtrak staff was friendly and helpful. If you're just in the area, and not even taking a train, stop in for some great historic architecture.