Chicago Union Station

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Union Station is the Chicago terminus for many Metra and Amtrak trains. It is one of four Metra terminals in the Chicago Loop area. The others are Chicago Millennium Station, Chicago LaSalle St Station, and Ogilvie Transportation Center, which are within a 15-20 minute walking distance.

Union Station features the historic Great Hall with a walkway leading to the underground station concourse. Stub-end train platforms are located north and south of the station concourse. Restaurants, shops, and counters for car rental are located in the concourse area.

Entrances from streets are located along the perimeter of the Great Hall and by the Chicago River at Adams and Jackson.

Points of interest

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The Union Station is the busiest terminal among the other Metra terminals in the Loop area.

Metra ticket counter is located in the concourse. A $5 surcharge is applied to tickets purchased onboard Metra trains when boarding at this station.

Milwaukee District North, Milwaukee District West, and North Central Service lines board from the tracks on the north side of the concourse (odd track numbers from #1 to #25).

Burlington Northern, Heritage Corridor, and Southwest Service lines board from tracks on the south side of the concourse (even track numbers from #2 to #30).

Monitors by the platform entrance and throughout the station show the track number and time for departing trains.

Metra lines at Chicago Union Station
Adjacent stop Adjacent stop
Western Ave
North to Fox Lake
Milwaukee District North
Terminus
Western Ave
West to Elgin
Milwaukee District West
Western Ave
North to Antioch
North Central Service
Halsted
West to Aurora
Burlington Northern
Summit
West to Joliet
Heritage Corridor
Wrightwood
West to Manhattan
Southwest Service

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Chicago is 4th busiest Amtrak stations in the country. It is a hub for trains to and from the West Coast and the East Coast.

Amtrak ticket office and QuikTrak machines are located in the Great Hall. Riders on long distance trains (and other trains that require a reservation) need to check in and receive a boarding pass to board the train. Baggage check in is located in the concourse area.

Business class and Sleeping car customers can use the Metropolitan lounge near the Great Hall. Seniors, families with young children, and active duty military personnel can use the south boarding lounge in the concourse level. Other passengers wait in the Great Hall with their assigned boarding group and be directed by station personnel to the platform.

Empire Builder and Hiawatha trains depart on the north (odd number) tracks. All other trains depart on the south (even number) tracks.

Amtrak station code: CHI [1]
Amtrak lines at Chicago Union Station
Adjacent stop Adjacent stop
Glenview
West to Seattle, Portland
Empire Builder
Terminus
Glenview
North to Milwaukee
Hiawatha
Naperville
West to Emeryville (San Francisco)
California Zephyr
Naperville
West to Kansas City, Los Angeles
Southwest Chief
La Grange
West to Quincy
Illinois Zephyr/Carl Sandburg
Joliet
South to St. Louis, San Antonio, Los Angeles
Texas Eagle
Summit
South to St. Louis
Lincoln Service
Homewood
South to New Orleans
City of New Orleans
Homewood
South to Carbondale
Illini/Saluki
Terminus
Cardinal
Dyer
East to Indianapolis, New York
Lake Shore Limited
South Bend
East to Cleveland, New York, Boston
Capitol Limited
South Bend
East to Cleveland, Washington DC
Wolverine
Hammond-Whiting
East to Pontiac
Blue Water
New Buffalo
East to Port Huron
Pere Marquette
St. Joseph-Benton Harbor
East to Grand Rapids

The nearest 'L' stops are Quincy Station (located 3 blocks east across the Chicago River) and Clinton Station (located 2 blocks to the south).

The Blue Line directly serves the O'Hare Airport.

Neither stations are wheelchair accessible.

CTA

Bronzeville/Union Station
Harrison
Stony Island
Sedgwick
Blue Island/26th
Union/Streeterville Express
Navy Pier
Water Tower Express
Jackson
Soldier Field Express
Museum Campus
Goose Island Express
Sheridan
LaSalle
Streeterville/Taylor
University of Chicago Hosp. Exp.
Blue Island/26th Owl

Coach USA

Intercity bus: Madison - Rockford - Chicago

Pace

Lewis University – CTA Blue Line Clinton Station
Plainfield UIC Express