Chicago Union Station: Architecture

Chicago, IL

Chicago's Union Station opened in 16 May 1925, replacing a station on the same site built in 1881. The Beaux-Arts design was by Daniel Burnham, with completion by Graham, Anderson, Probst and White after Burnham's death. Although construction began in 1913, it was delayed numerous times by World War I and labor issues.

The station opened at the apex of American intercity rail travel, and in a fate similar to that of Penn Station in New York City, Union Station's main concourse was demolished in 1969 and covered with a bland office tower (222 South Riverside), leaving rail passengers to grovel in a claustrophobic basement.

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Jackson Boulevard facade (south)
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Canal Street facade (east)
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Canal Street entrance
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Rail fans
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Train shed
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Train shed
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Skylight in train shed

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