Amtrak wants to transform Union Station into a tourist destination.
Amtrak wants to transform Union Station in Chicago into a tourist destination. Here's the outline.
Amtrak is thinking big and is planning on transforming Union Station in Chicago into a tourist and more enjoyable destination. The plan is to revive thousands of square feet of Union Station’s closed off halls and rooms.
Some of those rooms feature 33-foot-high ceilings and have been closed off for decades. They were once filled with restaurants, coffee shops, a dance hall and more.
According to WGN, The Chicago Tribune reports that Amtrak is currently accepting bids from investors and from businesses interested in retail space.
The plan is to add a hotel, restaurants, outdoor cafes and a grocery store.
Amtrak would like to have the first round of new tenants in place as early as this fall. .
Amtrak has already started a $12.2 million dollar restoration project at Union Station.