Chicago Union Station: Great Hall
500 W Jackson Blvd
Chicago, IL 60661
Chicago’s Union Station was designed by famed Chicago architect Daniel Burnham (who died prior to construction) and opened in May 1925 after ten years and a cost of $75 million ($1 billion in today’s dollars).
The building is a square Neoclassical structure, taking up one city block. The station has wide porticos and large colonnades on its exterior.
At the building's center is the Beaux Arts Great Hall, a 110-foot-high atrium capped by a large barrel-vaulted skylight. The 24,000-square-foot room has connecting lobbies, staircases, and balconies. The room's columns are of textured Roman travertine marble, with leafy golden Corinthian capitals. The ceilings and insets are coffered, with decorative rosettes.
Today, Union Station is owned by Amtrak. It is the nation’s third-busiest train station overall.