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Explore Chicago Union Station During Open House Chicago

By September 9, 2016 No Comments
Cars in front of Chicago Union Station

Chicago Union Station is a Beaux Arts landmark and the fourth busiest station in the Amtrak national network.

CHICAGO – Amtrak is proud that historic Chicago Union Station will be included as a site for Open House Chicago (OHC), a free annual architecture festival sponsored by the Chicago Architecture Foundation. Participants are invited to explore Chicago’s most iconic and unique architectural treasures. Many tours include behind-the-scenes looks at buildings and spaces rarely open to the public.

Detail of the Great Hall's neoclassical architecture.

Detail of the Great Hall’s neoclassical architecture.

Completed in 1925, Union Station was built through a partnership among four railroads that desired a grand gateway befitting the city’s status as a national railroad hub and bustling metropolis. Famed architect and city planner Daniel Burnham began designing Union Station, but it was completed by the firm of Graham, Anderson, Probst & White following Burnham’s death.

The head house is noted for its Great Hall, which features a 300-foot-long, barrel-vaulted skylight that soars 115 feet above the floor. Two statues, representing day and night, preside over the space and represent the 24-hour nature of passenger railroading. The building’s exterior is clad in Bedford limestone quarried in Indiana. Together with the approach and storage tracks, the entire station facility takes up nearly 10 city blocks.

During OHC, visitors can see the newly restored Women’s Lounge, new Metropolitan Lounge and other impressive spaces undergoing transformation.

Learn more about how Amtrak and its partners are advancing a development and improvement program for Chicago Union Station.