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On Location in the Station – Part 1: The Untouchable

By: Nathan Wilson

Located on the west side of the Chicago river between W. Adam’s Street and W. Jackson Boulevard sits a train station that is 9.5 city blocks in size. Chicago Union Station was opened in 1925 and is the only intercity rail terminal in Chicago. With the rank of being Amtrak’s fourth busiest station, filming can get a little hard to accomplish.

The station went through some changes in 2011 when the lighting system was replaced with a new system that reduced the station’s carbon footprint by 4 million tons annually. The American Planning Association (APA) also named the station one of America’s “Great Places” in 2012.

The station has been home to multiple films, but is most known for iconic scenes in the 1987 film, The Untouchables about mobster Al Capone. The following is a clip from the film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJpRSf4q-hI