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The area known as the Loop is considered the center of Chicago. If you’re catching trains to Chicago, you’ll be arriving at Union Station. This is the only train station you’ll find in the city. The station is in the West Loop just a short distance away, across the Chicago River. There are multiple transportation options for passengers in front of the station, from buses and taxis to subway stops. The bus to the Loop from Union Station can take under 15 minutes. For those taking trains to Chicago, the closest subway stops to the station are Clinton, with access to the Blue Line, and Quincy, with access to the Pink and Purple Lines. All these subway lines cross through downtown Chicago, taking you where you want to go in under 20 minutes. There are also taxi services available for travelers arriving on Chicago trains. Walking to downtown Chicago from Union Station is another possibility. It’s more or less 10 blocks, depending where in the city center you wish to go, and can take around half an hour.
Passengers with Chicago train tickets arrive at Union Station. For passengers with reduced mobility, the train station has some facilities and services to assist upon arrival. Union Station is equipped with wheelchair-accessible platforms and has wheelchairs available for people who require one. At the station, you’ll find wheelchair-accessible elevators as well as various elevators that go from the concourse level, where the Chicago trains arrive, and mezzanine level, to street level. There are assisted waiting areas for travelers with reduced mobility or who require any assistance near the North and South Concourses. At Union Station, there are also accessible restrooms as well as accessible water fountains.
Yes, all passengers over the age of 18 along with unaccompanied minors 15 years or older must travel with certain documents to ride the train. You must have your Chicago train tickets on you and present them when requested, along with some form of identification. The identification required must be a valid government-issued photo I.D., such as a driver’s license, passport, or military I.D. The name on your identification document must coincide with the name on your train ticket, no matter the train lines used to get to Chicago. You will need to show your ticket and identification before boarding the train as well as on-board. Train tickets can be checked on-board periodically during your trip, so make sure to keep the necessary documentation on hand.
Chicago Union Station does have a lounge available for selected guests. You may have access to the plush Metropolitan Lounge if you purchase a day pass or if you are a member of certain groups. You are considered an eligible guest and are not required to pay a fee to use the lounge’s facilities if you have either traveled to Chicago in Amtrak’s Business Class or Sleeping Car or if you are a member of either Guest Rewards Select Plus or Select Executive. The Metropolitan Lounge entrance is located in the Great Hall of the train station. In the lounge, you’ll have access to high-speed internet, a locker room with showers, luggage storage services, as well as workstations, and a place for children to play. It’s a great area to relax after your trip to Chicago.
The ticket price can vary depending on general demand and more importantly where you’re coming from. If you’re leaving from a popular departure point like Los Angeles for instance, prices usually start around $311. Seattle and Grand Rapids are other options, with prices usually starting from around $394 and $63 respectively.
Chicago Union is a transportation hub in Chicago. You’ll find trains arriving and departing from here daily. You can find train arrivals and departures at Chicago Union from and to several major nearby cities such as Los Angeles, St. Louis, and Grand Rapids.
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You can catch a one-way train to Chicago for $13 on average this week. We don’t predict any changes in price within the next 3 months. We recommend booking when you can to ensure you have your desired date secured.
Chicago Union station is 0.7 mi from Chicago, Chicago Cermak-Chinatown station is 1.5 mi from Chicago, and Chicago W Cermak Rd station is 2.1 mi from Chicago.
To get to Chicago's popular Navy Pier, Field Museum, or Shedd Aquarium from Chicago Union, it is 2.1 mi, 1.5 mi, or 1.5 mi, respectively.