Union Station (Chicago)

Union Station (Chicago)

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Union Station (Chicago)

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Union Station is a major train station that opened in 1925 in Chicago, replacing an earlier 1881 station. It is now the only intercity rail terminal in Chicago, as well as being the city's primary terminal for commuter trains. The station stands on the west side of the Chicago River between Adams Street and Jackson Street, just outside the Chicago Loop. Including approach and storage tracks, it is about nine and a half city blocks in size. Its facilities are mostly underground, buried almost entirely beneath streets and skyscrapers.


Platforms and tracks

Union Station is laid out with a double stub-end configuration, with a total of 24 tracks coming in to the station from either the north or south, but generally not connecting. Between the north and south sides of the station is a passenger concourse. Passengers can walk through the concourse to get from any platform to any other without stairs or elevators. Odd-numbered tracks (1-17) are on the north half of the station, and even-numbered tracks (2-28) on the south half. The northern platforms are used for Amtrak services to Milwaukee and Seattle; and the Metra Milwaukee District West, Milwaukee District North and North Central Service lines; the southern platforms are used for the rest of the Amtrak and Metra services. Two dispatching centers, known as the glasshouses, one on each side of the terminal, control the flow of traffic in and out of the station.

The lack of through tracks means that trains do not...
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