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.

 

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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.