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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  • I was boarding an Amtrak heading west across America, and was pleased to see this historic landmark. Anytime you can walk through a train station from this era, you should. Beautiful architecture.  more »
  • We have not used, in France, to be able to contemplate this style of buildings as stations.
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  • Visiting Chicago's Union Station is like going back in time to the golden age of railway travel. When I was there in September 2017, there was a small exhibit concerning Union Station in the movies. I...  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!
  • One of two hubs of rail travel in Chicago's Downtown Loop. Busy, cleaner and more visually attractive since the recent face-lift.
  • 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.

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