On Location in the Station – Part 3: The Cave

By: Nathan Wilson

Formerly known as the Randolph Street Terminal this major commuter rail terminal serves over 18,000 riders daily. Millennium Station not only serves the Metra Electric line to University Park, Blue Island, and South Chicago, but also the South Shore line to Gary and South Bend, Indiana.

With the terminal under construction from the mid 1980’s to 2005, the station became affectionately known as “The Cave” due to it being gradually placed more underground. The terminal now serves as a nexus of Chicago Pedway by connecting hotels, restaurants, residential buildings, and office buildings.

With its daily ridership of over 18,000 riders, the trains are on a pretty tight schedule. The terminal has a frequency of two departures a minute.

Director Christopher Nolan used part of the Millennium Park concourse in his film The Dark Knight, which can be seen by clicking on the following link.

(Start at 1:36 if you would like to just see the Millennium Station portion)