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Union Station

Walking Tour | Union Station

Saturday, June 24

It took 10 years to build Union Station, and since opening in 1925, with 10 tracks coming into the station from the north and 14 from the south, it has become one of the busiest railway stations in the country. Meet us at Union Station as a CHM History Buff volunteer guide reveals the building’s hidden stories that go unseen by thousands of people every day.


Occupying an entire city block, Union Station is the last of the great railway terminals with its arching Great Hall and a Post Office over the south tracks. You’ll quickly learn why it was once called “a city within a city,” as you learn the architectural facts, transport history, and intriguing narratives around the French block murals, large columns, chandeliers, restaurants, and even the utilitarian offices and airport-like lounge for business and family travelers alike.

Tour runs 1.5–2 hours. 

For more information about Union Station’s policies, visit their website.

Exterior view of Union Station at Jackson and Clinton, Chicago, 1986. ICHi-039823
Postcard of the Grand Stairway in the Waiting Room at Union Station, Chicago, c. 1925. ICHi-068917
The walkway and pillars of Union Station on Canal Street between Adams and Jackson, Chicago. ICHi-065061
Postcard of the Main Waiting Room at Union Station, Chicago, c. 1925. ICHi-068912
Interior of Union Station, Chicago, December 1950. ICHi-065063

The Details



24 th

1:00 p.m.



$ 25

$22.50 Members

Event Location

Meet inside near the street-level Jackson entrance to Union Station.

500 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago, IL 60661

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