THEN & NOW

Before Millennium Park? Rail Yards.

Check out the rail yards where Millennium Park now sits


Long before Millennium Park was even a glimmer of an idea in Mayor Daley’s mind, that land held a massive rail yard. Check out the above photo, courtesy of Calumet412.com, showing the crisscross train lines looking northeast from Michigan Avenue and Randolph Street, just a few blocks north of the CAA. The Illinois Central Railroad originally owned the area until the city took it back over, ultimately building the gorgeous park. Did you know, however, that trains still run beneath the park? Millennium Station is a major commuter rail terminal, transferring people to and from the city from places like Blue Island and Gary, Ind.

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