Type: Historic Sites, Sightseeing
Open since 1925, Union Station remains Chicago's intercity rail terminal and the largest terminal for commuter trains. The facility cost $75 million dollars to build - more than $1 billion in today's dollars- with an exterior of Indiana Bedford limestone. The station's Great Hall is a peek into America's past and the architectural beauty of a bygone era with its barrel-vaulted skylight flooding the space with soft light, long wooden benches, Corinthian columns and bronze accents. The skylight was blacked-out during World War II to be less of a target as 100,000 passengers passed through daily. Film and television routinely discover the Great Hall (most famously My Best Friend's Wedding, ER and a scene in the movie, "The Untouchables") and countless selfies are snapped on the recently restored grand staircase.
210 S Canal St
Chicago, IL 60606
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Historic Sites: "The Chicago History Museum and Chicago Architecture Foundation offer fascinating tours."
Best for Historic Sites Because: Union Station is one of America's historic rail stations and an icon of a great age.