A new book on the history of the iconic Chicago Union Station is set for release. Chicago Union Station (Railroads Past and Present) (2018), written by Fred Ash, traces the story of Union Station in the “Windy City”.

Chicago Union Stn Book
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Beginning with the transportation hub’s start in the mid-19th century, Ash acknowledges the historic and continuing role Union Station has played linking passengers to the Atlantic, Gulf, and Pacific coasts. For both people and freight, Chicago has long been the “railroad capital” of North America. Ash profiles the lives of those influenced by Union Station as a center for commerce, transportation, and immigration. As well, Chicago Union Station (Railroads Past and Present) features more than 100 photographs of the Beaux Art architecture for which the station is famous.

Concurrent to its rich history, Chicago Union Station is also looking forward to the future. The station is owned by Amtrak, under the name Chicago Union Station Company. A $1 billion renovation and expansion is planned for the downtown station, as highlighted in this CBS Chicago report:

Chicago Union Station is part of the Railroads Past and Present series published by Indiana University Press. This new edition to that series runs 320 pages and will be released March 22nd, 2018.

(Copyright – Chad Beharriell)


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