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Dearborn Station (also referred to as Polk Street Station) was the oldest of the six intercity train stations serving downtown Chicago during the heyday of rail in the twentieth century and has since been converted into office and retail space. Located at Dearborn and Polk Streets, the station was owned by the Chicago and Western Indiana Railroad, which itself was owned by the companies operating over its line.

The Romanesque Revival structure, designed by Cyrus L. W. Eidlitz, opened on May 8, 1885. The three-story building's exterior walls and twelve-story clock tower were composed of pink granite and red pressed brick topped by a number of steeply-pitched roofs. The station was closed on May 2, 1971, as the first step of Amtrak's consolidation of Chicago's remaining intercity train operations at Union Station. By 1976, Dearborn Station's trainshed was demolished and tracks were removed. However, the headhouse building escaped the fate of several other Chicago stations like Central Station and Grand Central Station, which were both demolished. The train station stood abandoned into the mid-1980s when it was converted to retail and office space.

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C.A.M. Bien (© CBP f… on May 11, 2013

a very nice picture, LIKE!!

gr. Cees

~Marlene~ No Views! on May 12, 2013

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

Best wishes, Marlene

Zsuzsanna Bánfalvi on May 14, 2013

Very nice tower , good shot !


My friendly greeting , Natuska

ANGEL, EL ALFA III on May 15, 2013

Me gusta también. Like 18. Saludos desde Madrid

~Marlene~ No Views! on May 16, 2013

Natuska... and... ANGEL...

My thanks to both of you for the very nice comments and your visits. I am happy you Like it!

Best wishes, Marlene

Ronald Losure on May 26, 2013

I think I remember as a child traveling to Dearborn Station on the Erie Lackawanna Railroad. The train was the Phoebe Snow which we had boarded in Huntington, Indiana. By the way Marlene, I also was born in Marion, Indiana.

Carlo M. Dimhofen on May 26, 2013

Wonderful shot - I saw the tower and thought "Oh, Siena"... Then, I saw the writing and though "Dearborn, sure, Ford motor company"... And now I know there's a Dearborn Street in Chicago...


Best regards,


~Marlene~ No Views! on May 27, 2013

Ron... and... Michael...

Thank you both again for for the great comments and your visits, with special thanks to Michael, for the lovely YSL. I'm very pleased & honored! Michael... there was also a Fort Dearborn in Chicago, dating back to 1803! I use to live on Dearborn Street and I've visited Dearborn, Michigan (Ford)! :-)

Best wishes, Marlene

RNLatvian on May 21, 2014

Really beautiful! Like! Greetings!

~Marlene~ No Views! on May 22, 2014

Thank you again, RN, for the kind words and your visit. I'm very happy you Like it!

Best wishes, Marlene

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  • Uploaded on May 5, 2013
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    by ~Marlene~ No Views!
    • Camera: Canon PowerShot SX30 IS
    • Taken on 2013/04/14 15:48:09