CHICAGO UNION STATION

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Union Station is a major railroad station which opened in 1925 in Chicago, replacing an earlier 1881 station. It is now the only intercity rail terminal in Chicago, as well as being the city's primary terminal for commuter trains. The station stands on the west side of the Chicago River between Adams Street and Jackson Street, just outside the Chicago Loop. Including approach and storage tracks, it is about nine and a half city blocks in size. Its facilities are mostly underground, buried almost entirely beneath streets and skyscrapers. Chicago Union Station is the 3rd busiest rail terminal in the United States, handling approximately 120,000 passengers on an average weekday, and one of Chicago’s most iconic structures, reflecting the city’s strong architectural heritage and historical achievements. Its combination of Bedford limestone Beaux-Arts facades, massive Corinthian columns, sparkling marble floors, and magnificent Great Hall, all highlighted by brass lamps, creates an environment that captures the allure and imagination of passengers and visitors that access its premises. In addition to standing out architecturally, Union Station has features that reflect its commitment to sustainability. In 2011, its lighting system was replaced with more energy-efficient light bulbs and motion sensors, reducing the station’s carbon footprint by 4 million tons annually. Chicago Union Station was designated as one of America’s “Great Places” by the American Planning Association (APA) in 2012. The “Great Places” program by APA highlights places streets, neighborhoods, and public spaces around America that exhibit “exemplary character, quality, and planning.” These places are unique in their cultural and historical significance, sense of community, and vision. Other criteria include “architectural features, accessibility, functionality, and community involvement.” Chicago Union Station is considered a “Great Public Space” by APA, which are spaces in the public realm that promotes social activity and community cohesiveness. These spaces are safe and inviting, well-maintained, and attractive, both visually and in functionality. In addition, local culture and history are reflected within the space.

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~Marlene~ on March 10, 2013

My thanks, Athol, for the very nice comment and your visit. I'm honored by the YSL!

Best wishes, Marlene

Majka44 on March 11, 2013

Wonderful light and fantastic colours Marlene!

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Greetings and best wishes from Slovakia, Majka

~Marlene~ on March 12, 2013

Thank you kindly, Majka, for the very nice comment. I'm happy you Like it!

Best wishes, Marlene

Oleg Timofeev on March 13, 2013

Fantastic colors !!! Like & Best wishes from Russia, Oleg

© PiGi'Franco on March 13, 2013

I like very much this picture at dusk, Marlene!

Ciao, PiGì

~Marlene~ on March 14, 2013

Oleg... and... PiGì...


Thank you both again for the kind words and the Likes. I appreciate it and your visits very much!

Best wishes, Marlene

Zsuzsanna Bánfalvi on March 15, 2013

Wonderful colors and light !

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Very good photo ! My friendly greeting,Natuska

~Marlene~ on March 16, 2013

Thank you again, Natuska, for the nice comment and the Like!

Best wishes, Marlene

Popi Braga on March 16, 2013

Very nice shot! Like52. Popi

~Marlene~ on March 17, 2013

Thank you again, Popi, for the nice comment and the Like. Both are much appreciated!

Best wishes, Marlene

Deodato Lourenḉo on March 18, 2013

Very nice Marlene!

Fav and Like!

JOE

~Marlene~ on March 19, 2013

Thanks so much, JOE... I'm very happy you Like it and I'm honored by the Y*!

Best wishes, Marlene

~Marlene~ on March 26, 2013

Thank you so much, Heinz, for the nice comments and the Like. I appreciate it very much!

Best wishes, Marlene

Thanasis Germanos on July 23, 2013

Beautiful photography. LIKE Greetings Thanasis

~Marlene~ on July 24, 2013

Many thanks, Thanasis, for the lovely comment and the visit. I'm happy you Like it!

Best wishes, Marlene

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  • Uploaded on February 26, 2013
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    by ~Marlene~
    • Camera: Canon PowerShot SX30 IS
    • Taken on 2013/02/09 17:27:17

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