The Metropolitan Planning Council in Chicago announced the winners ofÂ its â€œActive Union Stationâ€ competition, which is meant to enliven the railroad hub’s underused public spaces. Although itâ€™s the nationâ€™s third busiest train station and gets more daily traffic than Midway Airport, Chicago’sÂ Union StationÂ remains basically a waypoint on a longer trip.
Although it gets more daily traffic than Midway Airport, Chicagoâ€™s main rail hub remains little more than a waypoint for most peopleâ€”a bustling transit station buried beneath an often empty Beaux Arts volume.
The Metropolitan Planning Council wants to change that. Their new placemaking contest, Activate Union Station, calls on architects, landscape architects, planners and designers of all stripes to submit ideas for a design-build program that will enliven the underused West Loop hub.