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Great Hall of Union Station

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 24 February 2011 in Architecture and Portfolio.

The Great Hall of Chicago's Union Station, 500 W. Jackson Boulevard.

Union Station is a major train station that opened in 1925. 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 Boulevard, just outside the Chicago Loop. It is, including approach and storage tracks, about nine and a half city blocks in size, and is buried almost entirely beneath streets and skyscrapers.

Photo captured February 8, 2011.

SONY DSLR-A300 1/50 second F/5.6 ISO 100 18 mm

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Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

very good exsposure, super shot

24 Feb 2011 6:16am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Grand hall.. great shot.

24 Feb 2011 8:21am

Florence from Paris, France

Ideal place for melting pot ! :-)

24 Feb 2011 9:18am

Roman from Thiersee, Austria

beautiful HDR treatment in this shot
great work

24 Feb 2011 10:07am

Peter from Amsterdam, Netherlands

From personal experience, you don't feel like a tiny speck in this massive hall.

24 Feb 2011 11:26am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

It is like the clock stopped on this . . amazing restoration and such a significant structure.

24 Feb 2011 12:41pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

So quiet in there, must have been real early in the day.

24 Feb 2011 1:12pm

@Curly: 11:43 AM on a Tuesday morning. :-)

tataray from france, France

Très jolie cette gare .
Une ambiance cool .))

24 Feb 2011 1:29pm

Franz from Baden, Austria

quite impressive architecture, very attractive colors! i'm sure it's not easy to take pictures in there, even with the settings that you chose!

24 Feb 2011 3:05pm

Antoine from France

Great shot. The colors are very beautiful and your lighting is very nice. Excellent work Steven. Have a lovely day Steven.
The things which you saw in the plateon my photo are poetries of earth. They come from my garden. They are not served. They are preciou s assistant helpers for the gardener. Amicably Antoine.

24 Feb 2011 7:56pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Such a beautiful building Steven! All the stories this building could tell! I did not realize - so this is basically "submerged" now?? Wow! Great job Steven!

24 Feb 2011 8:35pm

@Denny Jump Photo: The key words here are "approach and storage tracks." The Great Hall and entrances take up about two city blocks of the total 9.5 blocks and are not submerged.

klauSZ from Kufstein, Austria

beautiful impressive view!

24 Feb 2011 8:56pm

DowsherVision from PARIS, France

What a beautiful architecture and a great capture !
Nice shot !

24 Feb 2011 11:08pm

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

by including the people in the station it gives some perspective on just how huge it is. I am glad you chose to shoot it this way.

25 Feb 2011 2:22am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A big, beautiful, nicely lighted space. Nice shooting!

25 Feb 2011 4:41am

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

Gosh, your stations are so clean and tidy! Incredible!

27 Feb 2011 12:14am