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Union Station - 225 S Canal St Chicago IL Bus Station Schedules & Tickets

225 S Canal St
Chicago, IL 60606

Union Station - 225 S Canal St Chicago IL Bus Station Schedules & Tickets

225 S Canal St
Chicago, IL 60606 USA

About Union Station - 225 S Canal St

Chicago’s Union Station is third busiest rail terminal in the United States and Amtrak’s 4th busiest station. In 2012 Chicago’s Union Station was designated one of “America’s Greatest Places” by the American Planning Association. The building serves as a historic icon for the City of Chicago due to its marble floors, large Corinthian columns and majestic Great Hall. The station handles an average of 120,000 commuters on any given weekday and is the hub for the mid-western corridor services and national network trains serving the west.


Union Station is the only example in the United States of a “double-stub” station, where the 24 tracks approach from two directions and most do not continue under or through the station. All passengers must change trains before reaching their final destination, which isn’t so bad considering the station’s iconic status.


Below, you’ll find information about the trains and buses that provide service to Chicago Union Station, available station amenities, and things to do and places to visit nearby to pass the time as you wait to depart.


Is there public transportation to and from Chicago Union Station?

Chicago’s Transit Authority makes it easy to arrive at Chicago Union Station without worrying about parking location or fees. The train transit system is referred to as the “L” and makes getting around Chicago a breeze with its multiple lines and stops. Eight bus lines (7, 60, 124, 125, 126, 151, 156 and 157) service the station. If you want to skip the traffic, then take the blue line subway and exit at Clinton and walk 2 blocks north. The orange, brown, and purple lines also service the station, but you’ll need to exit at Quincy and walk 3 blocks west.


What popular bus and train companies’ drop-off and pick-up at Boston South Station?

Amtrak, Metra(Chicago’s commuter railroad), Megabus, and Greyhound, are the main transit services that travel to and from Chicago Union Station. Amtrak and Metra stop directly at the station while Megabus and Greyhound have pick-up and drop off locations in walking distance from the station. Chicago Union Station is located in the heart of Chicago and is only 30 minutes away from the O’Hare International airport, which makes it easy to travel to and from Chicago.


Amtrak Trains at Chicago Union Station

Chicago Union Station is Amtrak’s 4th busiest terminal and has many lines mostly servicing the Midwest area. Chicago Union Station has over 24 track lines and mostly services Amtrak trains. Hop on an Amtrak train at Chicago Union Station and explore the Midwest in wide comfortable seats and complimentary Wi-Fi. Amtrak trains operating out of Chicago Union Station can take you to Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri, and even farther if you’d like to see the coasts.


Megabus bus locations at Chicago Union Station

There are no direct pick-up locations for buses, but Megabus has secured the closest spot to Chicago Union Station. The Megabus boarding location is next door to the Clinton Blue Line stop, which is two blocks south of the Station. Megabus riders can enjoy onboard restrooms, reclining seats, and free Wi-Fi on their trip to Ohio, Indiana, or Missouri.


Greyhound bus stop location at Chicago Union Station

Greyhound is one of the most popular national bus services operating in the United States. The Greyhound station is just located 2 blocks south of Chicago Union Station. Greyhound buses are eco-friendly, feature extra leg room, and have leather reclining seats to make your trip as comfortable as possible.


What kind of services and amenities will I find at Chicago Union Station?

The Chicago Union Station is open 7 days a week from 5:30am to midnight. Experience shopping and dining in a wide variety of restaurants, including convenience stores and specialty shops. If you’re looking for a little entertainment the station offers tours of the iconic Union Station. If you’re in the mood to unwind and relax the station has a day spa and salon to some personal relaxation time. Visit the Junction Pub Chicago to catch the game on any of their 20 HDTV’s and enjoy a cold one from their 26-draft beer collection.

Stop by Gold Coast Dogs for authentic Chicagoland style hot dogs and sandwiches. Plenty of national chains are also present at Chicago Union Station such as McDonald’s, Starbucks, and Dunkin’ Donuts. If you need to catch up on some work or just want to binge on your favorite streaming show there is free Wi-Fi throughout the concourse level of the station for all passengers. If you’re in the mood for a gyro and willing to venture outside, Chicago Union Station is located just outside Greektown but plenty of Greek restaurants are within walking distance such as Greek Islands, Athena Greek, and Rodity’s.


Nearby attractions

Waiting for your train or bus departure can be incredibly boring and you can only binge watch Netflix for so long before you need to get out and stretch your legs. Luckily for you, Union Station is just a short distance from a plethora of fun activities to partake in.


Visit Chicago’s most famous attraction

Head east out of Chicago Union Station and take the Red Line to the Millennium Station and walk east towards a huge stretch of parks and fields. Here you will come face-to-face with Chicago’s most popular tourist attraction, the Cloud Gate. More commonly referred to as “The Bean”, this massive mirrored bean-shaped sculpture offers many reflective views of the city and its surroundings parks.


Explore Millennium Park

Just a short walk from the bean you can view another popular outdoor sculpture known as the Crown Fountain. Millennium Park has no shortage of fun things to do, which include free concerts, exhibitions, tours, and family activities. The pair of 50-foot towers is not just a public work of art but is also interactive. The towers are covered in LED’s that display digital videos of local residents on their inward faces. The sculpture is surrounded by a black granite reflective pool and spouts water on visitors looking to cool off.

Visit the beautiful Lurie Garden named after the philanthropist Annie Lauren. The garden is a combination of perennials, bulbs, grasses, shrubs and trees and is the featured nature component of the world’s largest green roof.


Enjoy the fine arts

The Art Institute of Chicago is just a 10-minute walk across from Millennium Park. It’s one of the oldest and largest museums in the United States. The museum hosts 1.5 million guests annually and its collection includes works from Pablo Picasso, Edward Hopper, and Grant Wood. The Art Institute of Chicago is known for having one of the finest collections of art produced in western culture. In 2009 the institute opened its modern wing making it the second largest museum in the United States. The Modern Wing features early 20th century European art.


Walk the Pier by Michigan Lake

Just north and a short walk away from Millennium Park is the Navy Pier. The pier is 3,300 feet long and is on the Chicago shoreline of Lake Michigan providing a beautiful view of the only Great Lake entirely contained within the United States. The view is amazing but there is plenty more to do at the Navy Pier. The pier is home to Chicago’s Children’s Museum, the Chicago Shakespeare Theater, and the Driehaus Gallery of Stained Glass. If you’re in the mood for entertainment in motion, then you’ll be happy to know that the Navy Pier just reopened their iconic Navy Pier wheel.

The pier contains dozens of table service restaurants such as Bubba Gump Shrimp Co, Riva Crab House, and Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Bar & Grill, all perfect for a meal before catching a movie at the Navy Pier Imax Theater. The pier also features numerous shopping stores for clothing, accessories, and your typical state souvenirs.

About Chicago, IL

Known as the Windy City, Chicago is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the U.S. From dozens of museums and theaters to historic landmarks and dining establishments, there are so many things to see and do in Chicago! Be sure to visit Millennium Park, Navy Pier, 360 Chicago and complete your tour with an amazing view from Skydeck Chicago.

Union Station - 225 S Canal St Buses

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Union Station - 225 S Canal St Trains

  • Amtrak is USA's premier train carrier. Serving both the coasts as well as taking travelers from east to west and back, amtrak is both a convenient and comfortable way to travel.