WIN: Union Station Fred Harvey Restaurant Reuse Plan (Chicago 7 2018)

Proposed food hall entrance from the Great Hall at Union Station. Rendering Credit: Amtrak/Goettsch Partners

Proposed Union Station food hall interior. Rendering Credit: Amtrak/Goettsch Partners

Fred Harvey Restaurant at Chicago Union Station. Photo Credit: Amtrak

“Amtrak’s ongoing redevelopment of Chicago’s Union Station is turning its attention toward building a new food hall and western entrance along Clinton Street. The proposed dining and retail complex would occupy a cavernous fire-damaged space which has sat vacant for nearly four decades.

As part of a city search to seek out potential restaurant operators, Amtrak released a batch of updated renderings showing the multi-level space. It will occupy the former Fred Harvey restaurant—a nationwide chain that catered specifically to rail travelers. The plan calls for a new exterior canopy as well as the reinstallation of windows removed following a 1980 fire.” (Koziarz, 8/7/19)

Preservation Chicago has long advocated for restoring the former Fred Harvey restaurant space, a first-class dining room and restaurant, located adjacent to the Great Hall/Waiting Room. Other former Fred Harvey restaurant spaces have recently been fully restored in Kansas City and Los Angeles train stations. The restoration of this part of the station with a high quality restaurant will further reinvigorate and reactivate Union Station.

Read the Full Story at Curbed Chicago

Amtrak moving forward with Union Station food hall, new Clinton Street entrance, The new dining and retail complex would open next year, Jay Koziarz, Curbed Chicago, 8/7/19 

Union Station to build new food hall in long-vacant space destroyed by fire, Alexia Elejalde-Ruiz, Chicago Tribune, 8/7/19

Amtrak hungers for an upscale food hall at Union Station; The project would restore long-vacant space and improve the Clinton Street frontage, David Roeder, Chicago Sun-Times, 8/6/19

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