Union Station

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225 South Canal Street, Chicago, IL, USA

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Vaganna Vaganna
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Union Station - Gateway to the Chicago Suburbs Jul 02, 2008
Union Station is simply a train station located in the Loop which services the majority of Chicago's suburbs. You can take these Metra trains to towns such as Naperville for it's Riverwalk and restaraunts, Aurora or Joliet for their casinos, or Gurnee for Six Flags Great America, to name a few. Nothing terribly exciting if you happen to be visiting Chicago, unless you know people who live out in the 'burbs!

This station also is an Amtrak station, and is easily acessible by public buses, trains, and taxis.
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mahoney mahoney
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Gateway to the West Apr 18, 2006
The station replaced the overcrowded Grand Passenger Station built in 1881 for a consortium of four railroads. This consortium, headed by the Pennsylvania railroad wanted to create a new, large railway station befitting the city's status as America's railway hub. They wanted the station to make an architectural impact, similar to New York's Grand Central Terminal and Washington's Union Station.

Construction of the building started in 1913 and was finished 12 years later, in 1925.

The west side building contains the large waiting room, known as the 'Great Hall'. The waiting room has a 112ft/34m high vaulted skylight, marble floors with long benches and marble walls with large Corinthian columns.

Although the station could handle as many as 400,000 passengers per day, about 100,000 passengers made use of the station during its heyday in the 1940s. The station has two sets of tracks, 10 leading northbound and ten southbound. It is estimated to be capable of handling more than 700 trains in a single day.
The Great Hall
Outside the station at night
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